Skuld P&I Club issued best practice advice on storage of bunker samples, which provide vital evidence to support claims against suppliers and to provide protection when ships are facing PSC. Masters should retain the bunker samples onboard to determine the quality specification and to demonstrate compliance with Annex VI bunker sulphur limits.
In the latest issue of ‘The Navigator’ magazine, The Nautical Institute explores multiple aspects of VTS communications. Vessel Traffic Services is an essential service provided by a shore authority to help manage ship traffic and to improve safety and security, particularly in congested areas.
The West of England Club said it regularly receives claims arising from alleged shortages of solid bulk cargoes, as a result of discrepancies between draught survey results. Draught surveys by their nature are not an exact science, but there are occasions when considerable differences in the cargo figures from draught surveys are obtained.
The West of England Club continues to see collisions between vessels underway and at anchor in Chittagong anchorage area, with 50 such incidents recorded since 2013. The considerable increase of ships calling at Chittagong has brought a respective increase of incidents, which has attracted the attention of marine insurance industry in recent years.
Mr. Neale Rodrigues, Divisional Director, Loss Prevention at The Britannia Steam Ship Insurance Association Ltd., argues that in order to improve the effectiveness of loss prevention best practices, there is need for an organisation which ensures that their employees fully understand their roles and responsibilities and also accepts that each of them plays his/her part in making sure that those initiatives are put into practice.
On the occasion of the investigation on the flooding and sinking of the fishing vessel ‘Ocean Way’ in March 2017, the UK MAIB issued a safety message to the fishing industry about developing and practising potential coping strategies in an emergency such as major flooding.
USCG updated its Frequently Asked Questions regarding Subchapter M, inspected towing vessels, as of May 2018. Subchapter M provides minimum safety, lifesaving, construction, machinery, electrical, and operational requirements for US towing vessels. All applicable towing vessels must be in compliance with the Subchapter M by 20 July 2018.
ABS issued a report focusing on the design aspect of position mooring systems. The Guide also provides criteria, technical requirements, and guidance on the design and analysis of position mooring systems. A mooring system has to restrict the offset of a floating structure/unit within prescribed limits, and maintain the directionality when the structure’s orientation for safety or operational considerations.
Mr. Carl Durow, Loss Prevention Manager at the London P&I Club, says that ECDIS is a top loss prevention concern for the coming years, explaining that further action is needed for a successful integration of ECDIS into fleets. ECDIS Type specific training and IMO generic course training should not stop at sea, Mr. Durow highlights, discussing also other loss prevention challenges.
USCG provides guidance on the acceptance of Fiber Reinforced Plastic gratings as equivalent to steel on inspected vessels. FRP gratings, listed and labeled as meeting ASTM F3059 by an independent laboratory acceptable for testing for Approval Series 164.040 will not need USCG type approval.
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