Editor's Pick


Autonomous ships vs Human element: Seafarers’ role onboard remains crucial

SAFETY4SEA ran a quick poll to sense what people from the maritime world believe regarding autonomous ships and the importance of the presence of crew onboard. Interestingly, only 10% find the presence of crew onboard vessels inessential, and just 6% find it optional.


Autonomous ships face less barriers than driverless cars, study says

According to a recent International Underwriting Association (IUA) survey on emerging technologies, autonomous ships and drones face less barriers to adoption than driverless cars.


Key advantages and disadvantages of ship autonomy

As autonomous ships are becoming a much-discussed topic in the industry, Callum O’Brien, Deputy Underwriter working for the Standard P&I Club, discussed key advantages and challenges ahead surrounding the adoption and viability of this technology and how soon the industry will be able to embrace it.


Maritime Knowledge

10 things that require zero talent

People usually equate success with talent. Certainly, success isn’t created by talent only, let alone, it can be acquired adopting behaviors which - although requiring zero talent - have significant impact on one’s life success. No matter the kind of our workplace (onboard & ashore) there are 10 simple steps to follow in order to succeed!


Environmental sustainability the biggest challenge for shipping

In an exclusive interview with SAFETY4SEA, Mr. Nick Brown, Communications Director at Bureau Veritas, invites industry to continue bridging the gender gap and supporting effective leadership by setting clear targets and avoiding micro-managing.

Maritime Knowledge

How to prevent anchoring failures

The anchoring operation of a ship is a complex activity, especially when it is being carried out in busy anchorages or in ports’ outer limits where traffic is heavy. It involves the use of critical shipboard equipment and requires high level of situational awareness. A number of accidents have been caused due to failure of anchor to hold the vessel under medium or heavy weather conditions.


CSMART receives SAFETY4SEA Training Award
CSMART Training Center received the award, sponsored by NAMEPA, for meeting the changing needs and regulations as well as for providing high quality maritime training services .

Lessons Learned


Lessons learned: Language attributed to ship grounding

In its Monthly Safety Scenario for October, the Swedish P&I Club presents a case of ship grounding, discussing what can happen when someone communicates in a language that is not understood by everybody onboard.


Autopilot error leads to landing craft grounding

ATSB published the report on the grounding of 'Lauren Hansen' off Melville Island, in the Northern Territory. The incident took place on 10 April 2018, with ATSB citing an error on the autopilot as the cause of the grounding.


Grounding highlights need of ECDIS alarms in open waters

In the latest edition of its Safety Digest, UK MAIB describes a grounding of a small bulk carrier on a sandbank. The vessel had been following a planned track in the ECDIS, but the ECDIS alarms had been turned off. The ship remained aground for 6 days and was refloated by salvors.

Top Stories



RMI: Update on required documents for Ship Radio Stations

Under SOLAS Chapter IV, some vessels are required to have 'Ship Radio Stations', which are to be licensed and the vessels must carry certain related documents and publications. The Republic of Marshall Islands issued a Marine Notice updating the requirements of documentation regarding Ship Radio Stations for its vessels.

Loss Prevention

Ensuring passengers and crew safety on board

Considering personal injury of crew, passengers and third parties on board vessels, as well as changes under English law to the compensation for these parties, the Shipowners' Club presents preventative measures to mitigate such claims.

Loss Prevention

Procedural changes for loss of anchor incidents in Singapore

A recent change in the procedure for handling loss of anchor incidents in Singapore means that the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) now involves itself directly with the local contractors in such cases. This has also led to a change in the procedure for obtaining permission for the vessel to leave Singapore waters following such an incident.

Regulatory Update



UK works on zero emissions plan for shipping

On the occasion of the first day of Green Great Britain Week, clean shipping experts met on 15 October, to plot the route to zero emissions for the UK maritime sector. The Clean Maritime Council is expected to devise a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the sector to improve air quality on and around our waterways, ports and shipping lanes.


Watch: How 'Just-in-Time' concept can reduce ship emissions

The video explains the concept of 'Just-In-Time' arrival, developed by the IMO GloMEEP Global Industry Alliance to support low carbon shipping. Implementing “Just-In-Time” ship operations means ships receive information in advance so they can time their arrival at the berth.


The opening of Arctic routes could offset ice melting

As the ice melting is opening up new potentials for Arctic shipping but creates an uncertain future for this fragile environment, a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters suggests that this growth of trans-Arctic shipping and the subsequent increase in emissions may offset some of the overall warming trend in the Arctic by the end of the century.




New algorithm helps in creation of more resilient offshore platforms

Engineers at MIT have created an algorithm that presents the types of extreme events that are likely to take place in a complex system, such as an ocean environment, where waves of various magnitudes, lengths, and heights can create pressure on a ship or offshore platform.


Preparing for the new lease accounting standard in shipping

The new lease accounting standard, IFRS 16 Leases, comes into effect for periods beginning on or after 1st of January 2019, and shipping companies need to make sure they have assessed and understood its implications, Moore Stephens advised.

Short Sea

Washington announces new ferry operation

Washington State Ferries (WSF) announced that it began carrying passengers aboard the newest state ferry, Suquamish. The new ferry started sailing from Clinton on October 4.