Considering personal injury of crew, passengers and third parties on board vessels, as well as changes under English law to the compensation for these parties, the Shipowners’ Club says that an effective risk assessment not only reduces the possibility of such an incident, but may also prevent an incident from happening.
A recent change in the procedure for handling loss of anchor incidents in Singapore means that MPA Singapore now involves itself directly with the local contractors in such cases. This has also led to a change in the procedure for obtaining permission for the vessel to leave Singapore waters following such an incident.
The North P&I Club shared an insight discussing autonomous cargo systems as a means to address the oft-blamed ‘human error’ in accident reports. The Club suggests that linked ESD systems should be used for oil and chemical transfers, including ship-to-ship transfers.
In order to inform crewmembers, Marshall Islands published an advisory highlighting regulations and recommendations from recent casualty investigation reports for cargoes presented for shipment as a Group C, Ammonium Nitrate Based Fertilizer (non-hazardous).
Intercargo held its Annual General Meeting re-iterated its commitment to a safe and environmentally-friendly dry cargo shipping industry and its support for an industry governed by free and fair competition. Intercargo focused on ‘Safe Carriage of Cargoes’ and ‘Investigation of Casualties by Flag Administrations’.
Due to steady numbers of casualties associated with passenger vessels in support of recreational diving activities each year, the US Office of Investigations and Analysis posted Marine Safety Alert 15-18, ‘Don’t Let Your Divers Down,’ proposing safety measures to ensure a safe voyage.
US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement issued a safety alert summarizing its findings and recommendations from a recent risk-based Inspection. BSEE’s team of inspectors and engineers developed several recommendations from inspection findings to reduce risks associated with fired vessels.
Joe Maguire, Technical Manager at the Skuld P&I Club shared best practice with respect to the continued dangers of fires which originate in the machinery space and, specifically, as a result of a flammable liquid spraying onto a hot surface.
Accidents involving ships at anchor usually occur when the anchor drags and the vessel drifts without holding power, leading to collisions, groundings or strandings. In a recent Loss prevention guide, the Japan P&I Club shared key countermeasures for preventing an anchor dragging in stormy weather.
The Lloyd’s Register Foundation identified passenger ferry safety as a challenge in its insight report on global safety challenges in 2017. A panel led established the countries where most fatalities take place, the predominant accident causes and measures which would save most lives.
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