The UK P&I Club and the TT Club inform about a consignment of aluminium pellets (or dross) that was found at the port of loading with the doors and sides of the container blown out. The terminal arranged to test the samples, as there was no evidence that the unit had been dropped during handling.
Although the industry has repeatedly rung the bell on the dangers of enclosed space entry onboard, this continues to arise as the hidden enemy for crews. In this regard, the Shipowners Club produced a sample risk assessment addressing the various hazards associated with enclosed space entry operations.
Between 2008 and 2017, the Swedish Club received 28 reports about engine room fires. Fires may take place with very low frequency when compared with other types of damage, but the consequences can be severe. For this reason, the Swedish Club presents ways to prevent such incidents from happening.
IMCA has published ‘Guidance to Identify DP System Components and their Failure Modes’. This document is additional to the Association’s current guidance on Dynamic Positioning. IMCA M 247 identifies the different components of a DP system and guides on how these systems might fail.
Port of Vancouver in order to ensure safety informs that thick fog and fog patches are common at this time of year and there is a high chance of restricted visibility. Therefore, the port reminds the regulations that require anchored ships to sound every minute and moving ships to sound every two minutes as it is written on Rule 35 of Collision Regulations of Canada Shipping Act of 2001.
The New Zealand’s national regulatory, compliance and response agency for the safety, security and environmental protection of coastal and inland waterways, MaritimeNZ, reminds operators of New Zealand that they must install float-free EPIRB distress beacons on commercial fishing vessels by 1 January 2019. The regulation applies to vessels between 7.5 meters and 24 meters operating outside enclosed waters.
The ITF Dockers’ Section Occupational Safety and Health Working Group will initiate an action plan to improve the safety and health of the world’s port workers. This was decided during a meeting of the working group in Hong Kong, to discuss and implement strategies to mitigate death and injury toll across waterfront worldwide.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority issued a marine notice to inform all shipowners, operators, masters and crew of the hazards when working with high-pressure fire-fighting systems and the safeguards that may be implemented to prevent injury.
Mobile phones enable seafarers to keep in contact with family and friends while off duty, while they also help them to call the office easily when within range of a signal. However, several navigational incidents took place because bridge team members became distracted while using mobile phones.
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