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iContainers: ‘Maersk Honam’ fire highlights need of cargo insurance

The two subsequent fire incidents involving Maersk vessels, as well as the boxship collision in Karachi Port earlier this month that forced the temporary closure of the port, highlighted the importance of always investing in cargo insurance, said iContainers, as the amount of insurance that all shipping carriers are obliged to offer by law is limited.

Cargo misdeclaration is the cause for many container fires

Cargo fires represent potentially catastrophic risks. The crew is in great danger when a fire breaks out on their ship and every unsuccessful attempt to extinguish the fire increases the risk of serious harm to people, the environment and property. Most container fires are associated with cargo misdeclaration, which becomes a first line of defence against the risk of fire.

Alcohol and drug prohibitions for vessels in Ireland

The 2016 Annual Report of the Irish MCIB highlighted alcohol and drug consumption continue to be factors in marine incidents. As such, Ireland’s Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport issued a notice to remind of the law in relation to alcohol and drugs when operating or while onboard vessels within Irish waters. 

Guidelines for Direct Load Analysis and Strength Assessment of hull structure

ClassNK released its Guidelines for Direct Load Analysis and Strength Assessment of hull structure. These guidelines include the load and structural consistent analysis structural evaluation method. As vessels are getting bigger, structural strength assessments during the design stage are important ensuring the safety and integrity of hull structures even in the harshest conditions of the ocean. 

Lessons Learned: Shifting of deck cargo in heavy weather

Heavy weather caused the vessel to roll and pitch despite the master’s efforts to alleviate the motion by altering course and speed. This set in motion a “domino effect” whereby cargo units progressively broke free and shifted, resulting in extensive damage to ship structure and cargo, with a number of units being lost overboard.

New potential refuges for ships identified in Haida Gwaii

The Haida Nation and Transport Canada have revised ‘Places of Refuge Contingency Plan for the Pacific Region’, with inclusion of a new Annex that identifies potential places of refuge around Haida Gwaii. It also reflects improvements to the federal marine safety regime and lessons learned from real-life incidents.

Hazards associated with dirty engine room bilges

A recent analysis of the Shipowners Club’s Condition Survey Programme highlighted that approximately 25% of the vessels surveyed reported contaminated engine room bilges. As such, the Club draw attention to the potential fire hazards associated with oily engine room bilges and the checks and steps that a ship’s crew should undertake to address this issue. 

Electronic devices may affect an effective lookout

The role of the ‘lookout’ on board ships is currently more important than ever, considering the increasing traffic volumes at sea and the more complex equipment used in bridge systems. A watchkeeper must understand the equipment available and determine the risk of collision.

CHIRP releases new video on dangerous practices when working aloft

CHIRP released its latest video, in which it focuses on reports about dangerous practices when working aloft, and others referring to leisure vessels and ship design, as well as problems faced by pilots during their duties. Namely, in the video, CHIRP presents three cases.

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.


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