Having to deal with press and social media can be a difficult proposition for shipping companies, while ignoring them or badly managing them can also have serious consequences. There needs to be a plan for handling media, developed proactively as a response to risk.
Six years are marking today since the fatal grounding of Costa Concordia cruise ship in the Mediterranean Sea, resulting in 32 deaths, 64 serious injuries, and a ship total loss. The casualty remains a classic example of how human error, lack of alertness and failure of compliance with procedures can lead to maritime disasters.
Good housekeeping is essential to a safe workplace onboard a vessel and housekeeping oversights rarely go unnoticed during port state control or vetting inspections, ISM audits and condition surveys. In view of this, the American Club listed general vessel housekeeping observations which could affect vessel safety.
The UK P&I Club provides advice on how to spot the mental health signs among the crew onboard. A recent analysis revealed that anxiety, social isolation, pressure of work and disturbed sleep can affect crew, all of which can negatively affect crew of all ages, nationalities and ranks.
Crewmembers that are unfit for duty due to injuries or illness can create a wide range of concerns for ship owners and fleet managers. In addition to concerns about the individual’s health, an unfit-for-duty crewmember creates issues for a ship’s operational capabilities, its port-of-call schedule, or even its ability to set sail. The Japan P&I Club provides advice that is useful to quickly return a crewmember to fit for duty status in the U.S.
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