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Rescue tugs important to reduce ships grounding on Pacific Canada

A news study, commissioned by Clear Seas and produced by Nuka Research and Planning Group, focuses on how ship routing combined with the location and availability of Emergency Tow Vessels or rescue tugs, can affect the possibility of a disabled vessel drifting aground along the Pacific coast of Canada.

Animations present the dangers of oil and gas infrastructure for fishing

Fishing is one of the most dangerous occupations in the UK. This hazardous job is made difficult by the 100,000 kilometres of cables and pipelines and 4,000 surface and subsea structures that lie off the coast of the UK and northern Europe. These obstacles are dangerous for fishing vessels, as the compromise fishing gear or lead to collisions.

US Navy’s training program simulates USS Fitzgerald collision

The new scenario on the Surface Warfare Officer School bridge simulator takes radar data, ship tracks and other open source information and recreates for SWOS students the experience of being on the bridge of the destroyer when it collided with ACX Crystal.

Gaining experience from real fires on board

Motivated by the catastrophic fire which occurred on board the Crew Transfer Vessel Umoe Ventus on December 23rd, 2015, the Danish Institute of Fire and Security Technology, issued the project “New Fire Strategies in the Wake of Umoe Ventus” to increase the level of safety on board vessels.

8 steps for dangerous goods safe transport

Although shipping industry has seen developments regarding safety, accidents involving dangerous goods continue to happen. For this reason, the UK P&I Club released a guide to support operators who pack dangerous goods into cargo units for sea transportation.

Guidance for safe transport of bauxite

Liberia Maritime Authority issued a Marine Advisory to provide guidance for safe transport of bauxite, including the accurate declaration on cargoes. It also presents the potential risks regarding the carriage of certain Group A bauxite in bulk due to its potential to undergo dynamic separation.

Guidelines for carriage of cocoa butter in freight containers

A working group comprising members of the Cargo Incident Notification System issued guidelines for the carriage of cocoa butter in freight containers, under the principles set out in the IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU Code).

The role of duty officers in collision avoidance

Taking consideration of various court claims involving maritime casualties, Harry Hirst of Ince&Co. law firm discussed the importance of “the use of time” by duty officers in collision avoidance. Namely, in the latest edition of Signals Newsletter, Mr. Hirst notes distance is often a criteria that OOWs apply when taking action, however avoiding action should always be about timing and not about distance.

Crane safety features during STS

Mr. Konstantinos Voutzoulidis, ABS, warns that personnel transfers using ship’s cranes during Ship-to-Ship transfer operations have significantly increased the last years; an increase in related accidents has been reported as well.

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