Maritime Crew Resource Management training is of outmost importance for the shipping industry; it focuses on Bridge Resource Management and Engine Room Resource Management including performance monitoring, drills and exercises with simulators or videos and feedback procedures.
Accurate, on-the-spot measurement of marine bunkering is critical for both cost control and relationship management. In response to accurate measuring, since 2017, Singapore, the world’s largest marine refueling hub, has made the use of MFM compulsory. Mass Flow Metering is based on the Coriolis flow meter theory.
It has been almost 12 years since the Hong Kong-flagged container ship ‘Cosco Busan’ allided with the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, causing one of the most discussed oil spills in US waters. The incident is a good example of how lack of communication can lead to serious environmental incidents.
It has been almost 12 years since the enclosed space fatality incident onboard the ERRV vessel Viking Islay off UK that shocked shipping community as three men died successively trying to rescue one another. Enclosed space entry has been over the years the hidden enemy for crews.
It is almost 12 years since the bulk carrier ‘Pasha Bulker’ came out at the Nobbys Beach of New South Wales offering an unusual spectacle for local people. The incident is an interesting case study of inadequate communication, inefficient SMS, poor judgement due to fatigue and the objective cause of extreme weather conditions.
Safety surveys are an effective way for all organizations to obtain a complete picture of day-to-day work and safety practices. These are surveys which are being conducted regularly across all personnel to detect unsafe conditions due to unsafe and unauthorized activities.
As part of its series on maritime casualties related to ISM non-conformities, SAFETY4SEA focuses today on the sinking of the Anchor Handling Tug ‘Bourbon Dolphin’, which led to eight fatalities. In opposition to ISM Code, the operating company had not examined whether the vessel was suitable for the operation.
Several maritime casualties have been attributed to ISM-associated issues. SAFETY4SEA chose to focus today on the grounding of the general cargo ship ‘Harvest Caroline’ which constitutes an interesting case study of how inconsistent implementation of ISM can lead to unpleasant situations.
Master is the key person to ensure the effective implementation of the ISM Code on board and thus, as a top priority, he needs to be familiar with company’s SMS. In particular, clause 5 of the ISM Code defines Master’s requirements and expectations; as such, among its main duties, Master is assigned with the obligation to review and verify the Safety Management System of the Company (as per ISM Code Clause 5, para. 5.1.5).
It has been 13 years, since the RoRo ‘Cougar Ace’ was involved in an incident that caused its entire cargo of almost 5,000 brand new cars to be scrapped. The incident highlighted issues related to the assignment of duties in a ship’s SMS, within the context of ballast water exchange operations.
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