Update 03 August: Live map depicts spread of coronavirus
The new coronavirus (COVID-19) has cost the lives of more than 468.000, while confirmed cases exceed 8.900.000. Although coronavirus started in China in early 2020, now it has spread over Europe where Italy and the UK have the most deaths. Also, Brazil, Canada, France and Spain top the list with the countries affected significantly.
UK MAIB investigation: Loss of containers attributed to improper stowage plans
The UK MAIB issued an investigation report on the loss of containers from the ship Ever Smart in October 2017. The investigation highlighted a combination of factors resulted in a loss of integrity for the whole deck cargo bay; in particular, the containers were not stowed or secured in accordance with the cargo securing manual and the container lashings might not have been secured correctly.
TSB investigation: Serious head injury during lifeboat drill linked to poor training
TSB Canada issued its investigation report on the injury during a lifeboat drill onboard the passenger vessel Amadea, while moored in Quebec, in September 2018. TSB found that manually overriding a winch system’s built-in safety feature and not wearing protective equipment contributed to the serious head injury.
MPA Singapore: Precautionary measures for marine services providers
Singapore continues to take a calibrated and risk-based approach in determining the precautions and measures for the COVID-19 pandemic. Since 23 March 2020, 2359H, crew and passengers on short term visits have not been allowed to disembark in Singapore, unless given special prior approval from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).
TSB investigation: Maintenance-related issues led to MOL Prestige engine room fire
In its latest investigation report, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) determined the causes that led to the January 2018 engine room fire on board the container vessel MOL Prestige in Haida Gwaii, British Columbia (BC).
ReCAAP ISC holds discussion to strengthen maritime situation awareness against piracy
ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre held a dialogue with the shipping sector in efforts to strengthen maritime situation awareness and deepen cooperation to tackle piracy and sea robbery in Asia.
Several sailors onboard US Navy carrier positively tested
The US Navy confirmed that a "small number" of sailors onboard the USS George H.W. Bush carrier have been positively tested for COVID-19.
Watch: USCG helps distressed cargo ship off San Juan
Air and surface rescue crews at US Coast Guard Sector San Juan responded and assisted the distressed M/V Island Express, after the ship started taking on water when it departed the Port of San Juan for storm avoidance in anticipation of Tropical Cyclone 9.
Building Resilience: Move toward your goals
Happiness comes from moving toward our goals. However, it is not enough to set goals and keep them in the back of our mind. Most of the times, it is hard enough to make changes and accomplish what we desire. In order to move toward our goals, we need to do something regularly, even if it seems like a small accomplishment.
Building Resilience: Look for opportunities for self-discovery
Many people who have experienced tragedies and hardship, realized in the end that those were opportunities to learn about themselves; ‘what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger’ is a famous quote reflecting that every failure may teach valuable lessons to ourselves.
Building Resilience: Nurture a positive view of yourself
Life provides us with endless opportunities to deal with unforeseen circumstances. To find the strength to change the circumstances around us, first and foremost, it is important to change our own way of thinking and develop a positive but realistic attitude toward ourselves, appreciating our worth.
China updates regulations on Prevention and Control of Marine Pollution
Operators are reminded that the newly released Announcement, 2019 No.489 on the Regulations of the People Republic of China (PRC) on the Prevention and Control of Marine Pollution from Ships containing new Measures has replaced previous Announcement.
Importing waste to Portugal: What to watch
The current legal framework in regard to importing waste to Portugal has recently created some complexities. Ship operators must be aware of the date when the authorisation to dispose waste in Portugal was applied and the type of waste that is being carried, the Standard P&I Club advised.
Key requirements for underwater examination and survey
Underwater Examination (UWE) is the inspection of the outside of the ship’s bottom while afloat as part of the Passenger Ship Safety Renewal survey while Underwater Survey (UWS) is the inspection of the outside of the ship’s bottom while afloat in lieu of a dry-docking, including measurements of shaft and rudder bearing clearances, as applicable.
New transshipment monitoring tool to boost transparency in fishing
A new public web portal seeks to help policymakers and fishery managers to better understand the activities of vessels that take on catch from commercial fishing vessels and deliver it to ports worldwide for processing.
Maine Maritime Academy receives autonomous marine system
Sea Machines Robotics has partnered with Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) and the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD)’s Maritime Environmental and Technical Assistance (META) Program to bring education about autonomous marine systems into the MMA curriculum.
Partners agree to advance interoperability among maritime platforms
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with five international partners, to develop and adopt common data standards and Application Programming Interface (API) specifications.