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Arctic

Guideline for Arctic Marine Risk Assessment now available

The Arctic Council's Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR) Working Group issued a Guideline for Arctic Marine Risk Assessment, after identifying an existing need for a common approach to marine risk assessments in the Arctic region.

Pollution

On World Environment Day, let's talk about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

On the occasion of the World Environment Day, SAFETY4SEA provides an in-depth insight into a global menace which has attracted global attention in recent years due to its rising magnitude: Ocean plastics.

Sustainability

Life below water: Addressing ocean sustainability

Oceans, seas and coastal areas cover the vast majority of our planet’s surface, as two-thirds of the planet is water. Oceans are a life-giving force considering the fact that our drinking water, weather, climate, food, and oxygen, are driven by the sea.


PSC Focus

USCG conducts recurrent inspections

The US Coast Guard reminds mariners and companies that they conduct recurrent inspections and also issued guidance to address emergency preparedness.

Casualties

Grounded Stellar Banner refloated off Brazil

Salvors in Brazil managed to refloat Stellar Banner over three months after the VLOC ran aground. The ship has now been towed 60 miles off the coast of Maranhão, to undergo inspections. The removal righted the ship by 12 degrees from its peak list, revealing part of the submerged deck.

Casualties

Investigation report stresses importance of berthing plan

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada issued an investigation report about a vessel sailing through the Suez Canal when it collided with a light fixture, resulting to the light mast being damaged, while the festoon rail on Crane 4 was bent over.

Casualties

Lessons Learned: Consequences of alcohol should be reiterated in SMS

The Ministry of Hong Kong issued a merchant shppping information about a fatality onboard a Hong Kong registered bulk carrier whilst at berth, where the electrical engineer, perhaps influenced by alcohol aftershore leave, took an improper route to board the vessel by climbing directly from the quayside to the accommodation ladder platform. He fell into the sea and drowned.

Casualties

Investigation report reveals capsized tug did not operate under an SMS

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada published an investigation report of a tug that capsized, revealing that the vessel did not operate under an SMS, and the crew did not have procedures for identifying or mitigating hazards.

Seafarers

Boosting crews’ social interaction onboard: A three-fold guide

The issue of recreation onboard was, along with connectivity, at the center of concerns for seafarers during the latest SAFETY4SEA Crew Wellness Survey. Across a sample of 9,768 seafarers from every part of the world, there were many respondents who touched upon the issue, proposing additional entertainment opportunities.

Seafarers

Infographic: Who are the happiest seafarers onboard?

SAFETY4SEA Crew Wellness survey was conducted in Q4 2019 and involved 9,768 seafarers serving onboard 1,072 ships. The survey identified key issues related to seafarers’ wellness at sea, addressing the level of satisfaction in the five aspects of wellbeing: Social, Emotional, Physical, Intellectual and Spiritual.

Seafarers

Building Resilience: How to develop a fatigue reporting culture

In a detailed guidance, AMSA highlights the importance of keeping both seafarers and the company informed about any fatigue hazards in day-to-day operations. In this context, open communication and feedback on reports about fatigue related events are vital in improving fatigue management onboard.

Fuels

Legal implications of tankers used as floating storage

The absence of terminal and tank farm capacity has generated a growing demand for oil tankers to be used as floating storage, which is being reflected in daily hire rates, the Swedish Club noted in a new article discussing legal implications for charterers employing tankers as floating storage.

Emissions

South Korea issues ECA and vessel speed reduction programme

Brittania P&I Club reminds of the South Korean Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (“MOF”) announcement about an air quality control programme that defines selected South Korean ports and areas as Emission Control Areas (ECA).

Regulation

Reminder: First IMO DCS statement of compliance shall be onboard

From 31st May 2020, a valid Statement of Compliance (SoC) for IMO DCS must be readily available onboard for inspection, together with the Confirmation of Compliance (CoC) for the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) part II. During routine inspections, PSC officers are expected to focus on the SoC for IMO DCS.

Smart

MPA Singapore launches smart port challenge 2020

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and NUS Enterprise, the entrepreneurial arm of the National University of Singapore (NUS), launched the Smart Port Challenge (SPC) 2020.

E-navigation

AEGIS project on autonomous ships and port automation kicks off

The AEGIS (Advanced, Efficient and Green Intermodal Systems), a three-year project funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme, has officially started on 1st June.

Smart

Scientists deploy ocean robots to collect fisheries data in Alaska amid pandemic

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries revealed plans to use autonomous surface vehicles for collecting some critical data to support management of commercial fishery in Alaska.

Seafarers

2000 seafarers to land in Goa via chartered flights

Amid COVID-19 pandemic and the crew change issue that has arise, shipping companies set seven chartered flights in order to bring 2.000 seafarers from Sri Lanka, Brazil, UK back to their homes.


Seafarers

InterManager encourages seafarers to submit data to Maritime Champions Club

InterManager launched its Maritime Champions League at the beginning of May 2020, and has announced a name change of the initiative to the Maritime Champions Club.

Seafarers

Inmarsat, ISWAN to boost seafarer wellbeing via call service iniative

Following COVID-19 outbreak, Inmarsat and the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) collaborated and launched a call service for seafarers onboard vessels.

Shipping

Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises extend pause in cruise sailings

Following the COVID-19 outbreak, major cruise players, the Carnival’s Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises will extend their pause in their sailings due to the pandemic.

Shipbuilding

EU resumes investigation of HHI-DSME merger

The European Commission announced it will resume its review of Hyundai Heavy Industries’ acquisition of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, after temporarily suspending it amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Safety

Watch: Busy Atlantic hurricane season predicted for 2020

NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, a division of the US National Weather Service, forecasts an above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, running from June 1 through November 30. The outlook predicts a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season and only a 10% chance of a below-normal season.