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OCIMF: Recommendations on personnel transfer by crane between vessels

OCIMF published an information paper on ‘Transfer of Personnel by Crane Between Vessels’, focusing on the use of an onboard crane for personnel transfer, that has risks. This paper addresses those risks and provides guidance that should be used in the risk assessment process to determine the method of transfer, comparing transfers using a crane to transfers using a pilot ladder and transfers using an accommodation ladder.

Port of Rotterdam: Stricter rules to prevent sea accidents

Port of Rotterdam announced that through out 2018 29,475 sea-going vessels arrived. That is 200 less in comparison to 2017 and equal to 2013’s numbers. Also, the number of accidents decreased from 129 to 118, on approximately a million shipping movements,maritime and inland shipping.  Although the number of accidents decreased, rules have to be updated.

Cost Rica accedes to SAR Convention

Cost Rica became the 112th State to accede to IMO’s International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR Convention). The worldwide ratification and implementation of IMO’s International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue is vital for the efforts to ensure the safety of international shipping.

Egypt shuts down seven ports temporarily because of bad weather

Heavy weather combined with inappropriate manipulations may lead to damage of a vessel, threatening the cargo, the environment or, even worst, human life. That’s why, for the time being, Egyptian authorities have shut down the most important ports of Alexandria and Dekheila on the Mediterranean Sea and Ain Sokhna and Suez on the Red Sea because of extreme weather conditions, as stated by Reuters.

IMCA to launch a web-based method to collect safety statistics

The International Marine Contractors Association, launches a new web-based method for collecting safety statistics from its contractor members. This will result in simpler, more timely reporting, and the ability to easily benchmark performance. IMCA supports that the easy completion and the ability to benchmark company performance will conclude in higher data submission rates than in the past.

USCG responded to over 700 false alerts in 2018

After responding to over 700 false alerts in 2018, the US Coast Guard is calling anyone with an emergency position indicating radio beacon to properly register their device. US Coast Guard personnel were only able to contact 163 of the more than 700 EPIRB owners.

USCG sets minimum random drug testing rate at 50%

The US Coast Guard announced that the calendar year 2019 minimum random drug testing rate is set at 50% of covered crewmembers. This rate is effective January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019. Intoxicated operations pose a serious threat to life, property and the environment in the maritime commons.

WMU, IMO conduct domestic ferry safety exercise

The World Maritime University (WMU) in cooperation with IMO Staff conducted a Hazard Identification (HAZID)/Scoping Exercise to identify safety issues pertaining to passenger ships on non-international voyages in Indonesia, from 26-30 November.

CMTS issues report on the 2017 Hurricane Season

The U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) has issued the report, 2017 Hurricane Season: Recommendations for a Resilient Path Forward for the Marine Transportation System. The report provides an overview of the impacts to the Marine Transportation System (MTS) during the 2017 hurricane season and identifies best practices and lessons learned for federal agencies.

MOL uses algorithm to improve collision avoidance

MOL announced that MOL Techno-Trade, the National Maritime Research Institute, and Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology carried out an assessment and feasibility study on advanced navigation support systems, using the NMRI-owned ship handling risk simulator.


The sulphur cap is less than a year away and with most vessels choosing compliant fuel, do you expect to see a spike in incidents and accidents related to the switch over?

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