Editor's Pick


Shipping industry needs balance between safety and environmental protection measures

During Posidonia 2018, SAFETY4SEA met with the International Registries, Inc.’s (IRI’s) Team for an exclusive interview on the future shipping challenges, discussing also key issues such as what is required for implementing a strong safety culture onboard and for effective global Sulphur cap compliance, due in 2020.


Addressing mental health issues in maritime industry

During Posidonia 2018, SAFETY4SEA team met with Mr. Dave White, Global Director of Sales and Proposition - Medical, UnitedHealthcare Global, for an exclusive interview regarding the good mental health for crew members onboard. In the maritime field, UnitedHealthcare Global provides manpower solutions, including medics and doctors to ships and rigs all around the world.


Competency, good communication the way forward for seafarer manning

Mrs. Julia Anastasiou, Crew Director at OSM Maritime Group, discusses the existing and future manning and training challenges, highlighting that industry needs equality which refers not only to bridging the gender gap but also the nationality and religion gap in order to add more value in the industry.



10 Tips for a better conversation

A conversation requires balance between talking and listening and somewhere along the way this balance is frequently lost. Talking to people of diverse backgrounds, such as seafarers, office executives, CEOs and ship owners can be a challenging process. Stereotypical advice, such as making eye contact, smiling back or nodding may be misleading. Below are the 10 crucial tips in turning a conversation into an enjoyable experience and walking away feeling both engaged and inspired.


Building a digital culture in maritime industry

Shipping industry is currently facing a new challenge; a complex one that is called “digital transformation”. Automation is gaining increasing interest across the maritime industry while IMO puts the issue of autonomous ships high on the agenda, stepping up efforts toward their adoption. Also, advanced software and simulation capabilities are emerging and maritime connectivity gets improved. But, how are ship operators adopting this digital transformation and taking advantage of it to make their organisation fit for the future?

Maritime Knowledge

Emergency Procedures: Steering failure is more common than we think

It is believed that steering systems don’t show any fundamental complexity and they don’t easily fail, thus they are not properly maintained. However, in case of a steering gear failure, caused mostly by a collision or inefficient maintenance, it is possible to cause severe problems, as it implies total loss of vessel’s control.  At this point, steering gear failure should be treated as an emergency situation and immediate actions should be followed in order to prevent human or property loss.


Investing in people and technology important for sustainable shipping
Interview with Panos Kirnidis,CEO, Palau International Ship Registry at Posidonia 2018.

Sustainability is the driving force of shipping
Interview with Thrasos Tsangarides, CEO, UMAR- WSR at Posidonia 2018.

Lessons Learned


Watch: Lessons learned from failed rescue boat lift

In its latest educational video, CHIRP provides useful safety tips on the aftermath of a failed rescue boat lift, a main engine failure, an incident of overtaking and crossing, and unsafe practices while painting a ship.


Lessons learned from fishing vessel flooding

On the occasion of the investigation on the flooding and sinking of the fishing vessel 'Ocean Way' in March 2017, the UK MAIB issued a safety message to the fishing industry about developing and practising potential coping strategies in an emergency such as major flooding.


Lessons learned after crewman slips on deck

In its latest Safety Flashes for May, IMCA presents an incident of a slip onboard that resulted in injury. The incident highlighted the importance of identifying and marking all the potentially hazardous spots onboard vessels, so that these kind of accidents to be prevented.

Top Stories



Italy rejects yet another ship with migrants

Italy did not allow a commercial vessel carrying an Italian flag to bring ashore rescued migrants, committing to its policy not to accept immigrants. Italy is now calling EU members to share the hosting of immigrants.


Robbers board ship anchored at Lagos, Nigeria

In its weekly report for 3-9 July 2018, the ReCAAP ISC said it did not receive report of incident of piracy or armed robbery against ships in Asia. However, it informed of an armed robbery reported outside Asia, involving the Singaporean-flagged tanker 'BW Petrel', at Lagos, Nigeria on 3 July.

Maritime Health

Fatigue related to shift work: Useful tips

Fatigue and lack of sleep are a key aspect of human error-related maritime casualties and a main area of concern for seafarers who have to deal with a vast workload and shifts impacting significantly their sleeping habits. In the latest edition of their seafarers health series, the Shipowners Club and ISWAN provided useful advice for seafarers working on shifts to tackle fatigue.

Regulatory Update



UK MCA issues ballast water management FAQs

The UK MCA issued a Ballast Water Management document answering key queries with respect to ballast received from interested stakeholders. The UK has not yet ratified the BWM Convention but is currently drafting the legislation that will allow accession to the Convention to take place.


Yang Ming considers low-sulphur fuel oil to comply with sulphur cap

As the 2020 sulphur cap is approaching, more and more companies are deciding what measures they will use to comply. Taiwan based Yang Ming will probably choose to use low sulphur fuel oil in order to achieve compliance, sources report.


Hamburg Süd reduces CO2 emissions by 40%

In its Sustainability report for 2016-2017 published this week, German shipping firm Hamburg Süd revealed a further reduction in its CO2 emissions, by 40% per TEUkm by the end of the reporting period compared to the base year 2009. Over both years no oil spills or data breaches were registered company-wide, the report reads.




Port of Vancouver implements speed restriction in First Narrows

The Port of Vancouver announced that it will implement temporary and voluntary 15-knot speed restriction for tier 2 vessels in First Narrows Traffic Control Zone. The speed restriction will be in effect between July 6 and October 1, 2018.


AMSA bans another ship over crew underpayment

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) announced ban of the Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier 'Shandong Hai Wang' for 12 months, over deliberate crew underpayment, on 7 July. The ship was immediately detained for breaching the Maritime Labour Convention which sets out seafarers' rights to decent working conditions.


Shipyard cited over safety violations after worker drowns

The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited shipbuilding company North Florida Shipyards Inc., after an employee suffered fatal injuries at its Commodores Point facility in Jacksonville. The shipyard faces $271,061 in proposed penalties on the aftermath of the incident.