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Regulatory update: Container ships safety

With the growing size of container vessels, misdeclaration of cargo together with insufficient firefighting capabilities are currently two of the main challenges related to container ship safety.

Shipowners Club notes rise of deficiencies in lifting appliances

Lifting operations onboard ships can often lead to fatalities. During its Condition Survey Programme, the Shipowners Club noted an increased number of deficiencies related to the standard of lifting equipment onboard, particularly in relation to inadequate testing methods and lack of certification.

USCG removes aids to navigation off Virginia

The US Coast Guard is overseeing the removal of 56 aids to navigation in the Virginia Inside Passage on Virginia’s Eastern Shore from June to August. Dayboards in waterways from Gargathy Inlet to north of Great Machipongo Inlet are being removed, after shoaling in these areas created a hazard to navigation.

How to avoid steel cargo damage in maritime transport

The more common issues when transporting steel cargoes by sea can be broadly categorised as mechanical damage or rust-related problems and in many cases the damage occurs before it is even loaded onto the carrying vessel. North Club provided advice on these matters to minimise the risk of cargo damage.

UK Club: FAQs on current bunker issues in US Gulf

Following continued bunker issues in the US Gulf, the UK Club published a short FAQ in conjunction with Brookes Bell. These claims appear to relate to fuel bunkered late March-May this year, with the problems manifest variously in the form of sticking and seizure of fuel injection system components and blocking of fuel filters. 

Skuld Club: Tips for storing bunker samples

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.

Ten tips for effective use of VTS communications

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.

Key errors leading to inaccuracies in draught surveys

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.

Collision claims remain alarming in Chittagong anchorage

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.

Loss prevention considerations towards a successful safety culture

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.

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