The essence of ship navigation in ocean waters and the role of navigational tools in ensuring a safe sail at the sea explained! The seventh article in our Bridge Procedure Series.
April 20th marks the 8th year since the greatest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry: The Deepwater Horizon explosion is an industrial disaster that began on 20 April 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in 11 deaths, 17 injuries and a discharge of about 4.9 million barrels of oil into the sea, leaving a heavy legacy in the safety history of oil and gas industry.
Sometimes, Officers Of the Watch work under restricted visibility and/or navigate in limited sea areas. Preparing passage plan aims to develop a comprehensive berth to berth navigation plan in order to ensure safe voyage
Simultaneous Operations occur when two or more potentially conflicting activities are being executed in the same location at the same time. SQE Marine Consulting advised on a proper SIMOPS risk assessment, which is to be conducted through several dedicated meetings, requiring participation of multidisciplinary attendees by all involved parties.
A passage plan aims to develop a comprehensive berth to berth navigation plan in order to ensure safe voyage as it determines a route to be followed. There are four actual stages to be followed when preparing a passage plan.
Safe pilotage demands the effective co-ordination between Maritime Pilot, Master and the other members of the Bridge team. Lack of communication and/or inadequate Harbor Pilot’s knowledge may lead to the reduction of safety of navigation.
Arrival at port is an important part of a ship’s voyage and there are actions to be taken aiming to ensure the smooth sail and safe approach of the ship at port. Failure in carrying out the appropriate procedures might lead to unfavorable situations both for vessel and port.
Many maritime accidents are caused by errors of bridge personnel and inadequate bridge procedures. In order to reduce this number, deck department has to be well prepared before a vessel’s departure for a voyage at the sea. These preparations may include many complexities and this is the reason why a bunch of things should be considered and prepared carefully, to ensure a smooth voyage passage and safe navigation.
New equipment combined with the latest technologies on vessels have brought to the front the need for familiarization with ship specific arrangements. Operators should understand the importance of effective bridge procedures, in order to support the conduct of safe navigation and efficient ship operations.
March 24 marks the 29th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez accident. On this date in 1989, one of the most catastrophic – if not the most catastrophic – oil spills of the 20th century took place. The tanker Exxon Valdez was departing the Port of Valdez, Alaska with a full load of North Slope crude oil, of approximately 1.26 million barrels, destined for Long Beach when it grounded on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound. About 258,000 barrels of cargo were spilled as eight cargo tanks ruptured, causing one of the most shocking environmental disasters in the history of US.
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