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CHIRP: Lessons learned from unsafe lifting operations

CHIRP published its Maritime Feedback 54, which is its first bulletin of 2019. The bulletin includes reports on lifting operations, proactive port authority, AIS and ECDIS offsets, heat and fatigue, and safety briefings. Regarding lifting operations a report describes an operation in which several areas presented a high potential for an accident to occur.

Loss prevention: Shipboard enclosed space safety

During the 2019 SAFETY4SEA Cyprus Conference, Mr. David Nichol, Senior Loss Prevention Executive, UK P&I Club, focused on accidents relating to entry into enclosed spaces onboard ships, which ‘continue to blight the shipping industry’. The dangers associated with enclosed spaces are well known – so why the unremitting level of casualties?

Asian Gypsy Moth: Inspection periods and requirements per country

The Gard P&I Club issued a summary of available information from each of the countries known to regulate and inspect arriving vessels for Asian Gypsy Moth (AGS), highlighting each country’s definition of risk areas and specified risk periods, as well as their entry requirements and mandatory inspection periods.

Preparing for bunkering: Proper planning & critical safety checks

The bunkering of ships, which formerly was a relatively low skill and low value activity, has deployed into a highly focused shipboard operation, due to the continuously rising oil price in conjunction with the imperative need for high marine environmental protection.

Case study: Inadequate valve opening

A bulk carrier was anchored prior delivery to a shipowner. Before delivery, the shipowner requested bunker supply to the ship, so a bunker barge got alongside on port side of vessel and started bunker supply at late afternoon hours.

Main Engine Damage due to bunkered fuel quality

A General cargo ship “M” was involved in cargo operations in an Indonesian port. Charterers had arranged the vessel to receive bunkers by a local bunker barge. The barge moored alongside of the vessel for supplying the agreed amount of 155M/T of fuel oil (180cst) into No.1 & 2 F.O. tanks respectively.

North Club launches safety culture organisational assessment tool

North P&I Club announced the launch of a self-assessment tool for owners and operators to assess and improve their safety performance. Developed in conjunction with leading safety consultancy Green-Jakobsen, the SCORA seeks to enable operators to measure their organisational capacity for safety, both onboard and ashore. 

USCG: Concerns related to weight creep on vessel stability

The US Coast Guard issued Findings of Concern (FoC) to disseminate information related to unsafe conditions that investigators identified as causal factors in a casualty and could contribute to future incidents. The publication comes on the aftermath of a fishing vessel sinking in February 2017. 

Measures taken against contact with fishing net off China

Several marine incidents have taken place off Ningde or Kement Port of Fujian Province in the past 15 days.  Vessels voyaging to that region are recommended to share this information and exercise enhanced vigilance when transiting or choosing to drop anchor within these waters.

Ensuring a safe steel coil transport

Cargo planners who are preparing the stowage of steel coils in the cargo hold of a general dry cargo ship or bulk carrier, many times they do not have the necessary cargo-type-specific information they need to decide the permissible cargo load and prevent damage to the ship’s structure, DNV GL informs. According to SOLAS Chapter VI, Reg. 5, every ship must have an approved cargo securing manual.

Poll

The sulphur cap is less than a year away and with most vessels choosing compliant fuel, do you expect to see a spike in incidents and accidents related to the switch over?

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