ABS, the American Club and Lamar University are launching a new initiative to reduce maritime safety incidents. The partnership’s analysis and industry guidance will focus on slips, trips and falls, which are a significant cause of maritime injuries. The recommendations that will be developed will have to able to be applied in a day-to-day basis by maritime crews.
A joint industry project, comprising DNV GL, ECN, WMC, BREM, VanderHoekPhotonics, Deltares and other partners, seeks to reduce power-cable failures in offshore wind farms. These failures are the key risk affecting the offshore wind industry, representing about 80% of insurance claims.
The UK MCA and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution ran a special week-long event to test the use of drones, along a stretch of coastline at St Athan, Wales. A selection of drones were used in four different search and rescue scenarios to explore how they could be used to help save lives in the future.
The Committee on the US Marine Transportation System issued the Maritime Transportation Extreme Weather Task Force report, providing recommendations and identified opportunities for improving industry response and policies in case of extreme weather events and preventing marine casualties from heavy weather.
The report by the Swedish Club, Wet Damage on Bulk Carriers, which has been prepared in cooperation with DNV GL, and MacGregor, identifies heavy weather and leaking hatch covers as the most common and the most costly type of wet damage claim. With the average cost for a wet damage cargo claim being almost $110,000, this is alarming.
Loss prevention is one of the many responsibilities of Protection & Indemnity (P&I) clubs, which extend well beyond pure risk transfer. Each club’s contribution should be significant, made as a service to members and to improve safety at sea, argues Mr. Bjørn Flåm, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Loss Prevention, Skuld.
A recent run of container loss claims by the London Club has highlighted some of the common contributory factors, emerging from the investigation process. The Club noted that the subject of mis-declared container weights continues to be a problem, however, it was the attending surveyor’s observations regarding cargo securing equipment that ‘catch the eye’.
In its Safety Flashes for April, IMCA emphasized on safety issues for crews involving cranes and lifting devices, in line with an announcement issued by the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement earlier this year, relating to four successive relevant incidents in late 2017.
The International Transport Workers’ Federation urged Hutchison Ports to address the series of serious health and safety incidents across their global operations, as a dockworker is still in a critical condition after falling seven metres from her cabin to the concrete below, at the company’s Port Botany terminal.
Simultaneous Operations occur when two or more potentially conflicting activities are being executed in the same location at the same time. SQE Marine Consulting advised on a proper SIMOPS risk assessment, which is to be conducted through several dedicated meetings, requiring participation of multidisciplinary attendees by all involved parties.
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