In the previous “Emergency Procedures” articles, we experienced failures at vessel’s main engine and steering. At this point is critical to analyze what happens in the case of power failure.
It is believed that steering systems don’t show any fundamental complexity and don’t easily fail, thus they are not properly maintained. However, in case of a steering gear failure, severe problems are about to follow.
We see an increase in the number of accidents caused by main engine failure. It may be costly to the operator due to delays at the vessel’s planned route, machinery damage or even if assistance is needed from towing companies but also be the reason of a collision!
Load shifting is a commonly dangerous situation for ships carrying solid cargo, bulk cargo ships and containerships. A good seamanship and compliance to safety regulations while loading or trimming, are some of the factors that should be considered before operations start.
During a vessel’s voyage at sea, there are many dangers which may affect hers and personnel’s safety. One of these hazards, which may rapidly lead -at the worst case scenario- for vessel and human life loss, is ship flooding.
There are several social networking sites specific to the interests of maritime personnel. However, seafarers should be mindful on how to use them. Below is a quick guide on how to have a responsible social media usage as a seafarer.
21st of June marks ten years after the deadly capsizing of the ferry ‘Princess of the Stars’ off Romblon, at the height of Typhoon Fengshen. Resulting from a fatal combination of heavy weather and human error and causing over 800 fatalities, the accident is considered as a significant part of Philippines heavy legacy of maritime disasters.
It is essential that a vessel remains stable both in still water and in turbulent seas. Some of the stability incidents are predictable so they can be prevented. But, what if an excessive list situation happens?
A hull failure is a failure in the main body of the vessel which protect her inside from water ingress or structural damage. Though not very common, many marine accidents involve failure of the ship hull!
The ship’s master should always be aware of the weather forecast when moves in dangerous areas and be ready to appropriately handle the vessel under circumstances of bad weather in case that violent wind, torrential rain or surging waves appear.
Freight volume at Port of Antwerp increases16/10/2019
- Cyber Security
MPA Singapore to enhance cooperation on cyber resilience16/10/2019
Norway issues $767,000 fine on shipping company for illegal scrapping16/10/2019
Ghana, Denmark cooperate to improve tugboat missions16/10/2019
IMO focuses on UK’s counter-terrorism work16/10/2019
Port of Nouadhibou to welcome bigger vessels16/10/2019
MPA Singapore withdraws bunker craft licence from Inter-Pacific16/10/2019
Mexico working on ratifying three IMO legal conventions16/10/2019
- Loss Prevention
Norway alerts on battery fire with subsequent gas explosion16/10/2019
Partners launch blockchain application16/10/2019