As the stowaway activity in the South African port of Durban has seen a recent increase, the Japan P&I Club recommended that operators should employ the services of private security guards during the vessel’s port stay at the port and that the crew should remain vigilant at all times.
As more people are heading out to sea over summer, safety both onboard and overboard is under the spotlight. For this reason, ISO updated the international guidelines for the effectiveness of sea anchors for rescue boats in the ‘ISO 17339:2018, Ships and marine technology – Life saving and fire protection – Sea anchors for survival craft and rescue boats.’
All cargo, whether carried on or under deck, should be stowed and secured in accordance with the vessel’s Cargo Securing Manual as approved under Regulation 5.6 of Chapter VI of the Safety of Life at Sea Convention. This includes the way in which cargo is secured and the weight distribution of cargo within the stow.
Following the tragic loss of the amphibious passenger vessel ‘Stretch Duck 07’, USCG has issued related guidance, recommending all operators to always teview the routes and conditions listed on the vessel’s Certificate of Inspection and ensure crews are familiar with vessel’s operational limitations.
China will base the rescue ship ‘Nanhaijiu 115’ to the Nansha Islands, showing its commitment to fulfilling its duty in the South China Sea. The ship will set sail for Zhubi Reef from Sanya, Hainan province, on Friday August 2 and it will be stationed there for an unknown period.
Mohammed Drissi, Trustee at International Maritime Rescue Federation speaks about what he calls “Africa’s silent killer”: drowning. Drowning has become a silent epidemic, says Mr. Drissi, as it is causes the most deaths after malaria and malnutrition. However, what makes it dangerous is the fact that it is often out of sight.
Vietnam ordered ships to return to port and prepared evacuation plans in northern provinces which are more likely to be affected by floods. This development comes as the tropical storm ‘Son Tinh’ is expected to reach the land later on Wednesday, July 18. The storm is expected to produce 350 mm of heavy rain
Nikos Kefalas, HSSE/QA Manager at LNG Shipmanagement provides his thoughts in risk assessment processes. Mr. Kefalas tries to identify how much risk a company can tolerate, saying that this process is complicated and dynamic, as different operation parameters, have to be taken into account.
In its fishing vessel safety guide released earlier this week, the Shipowners Club provides safety tips for fishers to reduce the risk of flooding, one of the most common dangers for commercial fishing. As for the other threats, early detection of flooding is essential for a vessel to be saved.
According to HM Coast Guard, latest figures show that commercial fishing is by far the most dangerous job and UK fishermen face a risk of death over six times higher than the most dangerous land based industry. For this reason, it published a safety guide, in order to ensure that fishermen conduct their work in a safe manner.
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