How to minimize the effects of biofouling
The introduction of invasive aquatic species (IAS) as a result from international shipping has been identified as a significant threat to the world’s oceans and coastal ecosystems and research suggests that 70-80% of IAS introductions occur through biofouling. Madlene Wangrau of UK P&I Club, discusses the issue of biofouling and how shipowners and crew could reduce its risk.
Ship owner fined for being out of date on BWM legal requirements
In its latest claims review, International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) informed of a case highlighting the importance of keeping up to date with the latest legal developments and requirements.
Procedures: How to conduct a safe cargo fumigation
As one of the most challenging operations for solid cargo trade, the safe transportation of grain cargo requires several hazards and parameters to be considered and many measures to be taken. Fumigation is one of these. Fumigants are chemicals which, under certain conditions, will enter a gaseous state and, in sufficient concentration, will be lethal to pest organisms that are considered detrimental for the condition of most grain cargoes. But under which circumstances can fumigation take place?
Focus on risk mitigation techniques vital for enhanced maritime security
Mr. Jakob P. Larsen, Head of Maritime Security at BIMCO, provides an overview of the status of maritime security in the piracy affected areas around the world, citing possible reasons for the escalation of piracy in the GoG. In addition, Mr. Larsen highlights that industry should not be complacent with the lower activity reported in Somalia.
2018 SAFETY4SEA Conference - Highlights
The 2018 SAFETY4SEA Conference successfully concluded on Wednesday 3rd of October, in Eugenides Foundation, Athens, attracting 700 delegates representing a total of 340 organizations.
2018 SAFETY4SEA Awards - Highlights
The prestigious award ceremony of the 2018 SAFETY4SEA Awards was successfully concluded on October the 2nd at Yacht Club of Greece in Athens, the evening ahead of the SAFETY4SEA Conference.
Lessons learned: Language differences lead to collision
The UK MAIB issued the second edition of its 'Safety Digest', providing useful lessons learned from maritime casualties it has encountered. In the first case of the report, UK MAIB describes a collision between two vessels that occurred from misunderstanding due to language differences.
Fatal man overboard highlights importance of practical safety drills
UK MAIB issued an investigation report on the fatal overboard incident from the fishing vessel 'North Star', after a crewman had his leg entangled in the fishing gear and was dragged overboard. The investigation found that the vessel’s documented risk controls did not reflect the operational practice onboard, and that the crew underestimated the risks associated with a crewman becoming entangled in the back rope and being dragged overboard.
Overwhelmed bilge pump leads to sinking
UK MAIB analyzed the sinking of a fishing vessel as its bilge pump was overwhelmed by the volume of water ingress. Notable is that the vessel was certified with most recent surveys revealing no areas of concern. MAIB highlighted that the two men onboard were saved as they had enough time to collect and don their emergency use lifejackets.