Safely securing containers is a crucial procedure not to be missed, given that safely transmitting containers is important for stakeholders; Thus, Gard highlights the importance of container lashes being tightened, but not over-tightened.
A large LNG carrier was docked in an LNG terminal in UK. The 345.30m LOA carrier was moored with a total number of 20 lines (high modulus polyethylene ropes) following the ‘3-2-3-2 fore and aft’ rule. The vessel had 22 lines on board (as per manufacturer’s requirements) to be used during mooring operations of 44mm diameter Steelite Superline Xtra high modulus polyethylene (HMPE) with a specified minimum breaking load (MBL) of 137t.
TT Club, ICHCA International and PEMA issued a new paper ‘Collision prevention at ports and terminals’, in a bid to improve safety, reduce injuries and loss of life, equipment damage and minimize costly business disruption at ports and terminals worldwide.
As Gard informs, in a significant number of collisions, the club has found that the majority of mariners do not reduce speed to avoid a collision. However, it notes that in case there is a potential for collision, reducing speed can have many benefits.
Maritime New Zealand in its latest initiative focused on ways to prevent drowning. In order to attract people’s attention of the drowning prevention issue, Maritime NZ has now funded a brand-new lifejacket project, in which provides a lifejacket to everyone visiting the Manukau Harbour.
With the drowning rates in New Zealand remaining increased, New Zealand’s first Water Safety Month “a Safer Boating Forum” initiative, call people to be fully aware and pay attention when in, on and around the water. Specifically, the Water Safety Month started on 18 October and until now seven people have lost their lives due to drowning.
The Swedish Club has launched a new edition of Navigational Claims, aiming to provide an insight into the causes of incidents such as containers tumbling into the sea and environmental damage, further offering comprehensive loss prevention advice in order to avoid them.
DNV GL announced a new system designed for modern LR2 tankers, with easy-to-clean corrugated tank walls, deep-well pumps and high-performance tank washing machines. Notably, the new class notation is mainly intended for new ships since some criteria, including stripping efficiency, are subject to specific test requirements. Nevertheless, it may be awarded to existing vessels as well, if they meet the criteria. The new ITC rules have been published in July 2019, with an effective date of 1 January 2020.
Maritime New Zealand issued a safety update highlighting the importance of rightly using secured pilot ladders to avoid accidents and provides information on safety boarding arrangements and the methods used to ensure secure pilot ladders.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority highlights the importance of a two-way communication between the parent vessel and their dories or tenders, to boost safety and “be there” to assist or in case of an urgent medical help.
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