The US Coast Guard (USCG) issued an alert informing that deficiencies related to firefighting safety and appliances continue to be the leading cause of detentions in the San Francisco area. During the fourth quarter of 2018, there was also an increase in deficiencies that related to missing or unserviceable fireman’s outfits.
This winter was the wettest on record for the US, especially after a steady march of snow and rain storms across the country between December 2018 and the end of February 2019, according to data provided by US NOAA. The wet weather last month also made February 2019 the second wettest February on record.
ABS published guidance notes on the use of remote inspection technologies, detailing best practices for their use on class surveys and non-class inspections. The guidance notes cover pilot-operated unmanned aerial vehicles, remotely operated underwater vehicles and robotic crawlers, collectively known as remote inspection technologies (RITS).
The US Office of Navigation Systems released Marine Safety Information Bulletin 002-19, ‘Parasailing – Navigation Rules and Flight Safety,’ to address operations of vessels pulling parasail wings and to promote the safety of passengers aloft in the vicinity of aircraft. Parasailing is an ‘activity in which an individual is transported or carried aloft by a parachute, sail, or other material attached to a towline which is towed by a vessel.’
North P&I Club announced the launch of a self-assessment tool for owners and operators to assess and improve their safety performance. Developed in conjunction with leading safety consultancy Green-Jakobsen, the SCORA seeks to enable operators to measure their organisational capacity for safety, both onboard and ashore.
In its Executive and Technical Committee meetings in Hong Kong on 4 and 5 March 2019, INTERCARGO highlighted the importance of investigating incidents and the subsequent publication of casualty investigation reports in a timely manner, in order for lessons to be learned.
The Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE) is to meet on 4 to 8 March on discussing draft mandatory regulations in order to make lifting appliances, as onboard cargo cranes safer. The Committee aims to make official the draft SOLAS regulations and guidelines that have to do with design, construction, installation and maintenance of onboard lifting appliances and anchor handling winches.
OCIMF collaborated with defence company QinetiQ for a study on tanker hull vulnerability. This information paper highlights the results of the study in relation to the protection of crew and vessels. The results provide mitigating measures that can be applied to both existing and new build vessels.
HM Coast Guard presented a check list of compliance, highlighting the main requirements operators need to check in order to comply with ILO 188. ILO’s Work in Fishing Convention ILO 188, which came into force in the UK in December 2018, entitles all fishermen to written terms and conditions of employment.
The Commissioners of Irish Lights informed that the General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland are conducting their regular review of marine aids to navigation services. Every five years, the General Lighthouse Authorities, comprising Irish Lights, Northern Lighthouse Board and Trinity House in the UK, conduct this review to assess AtoN requirements.
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