Cargo hold cleaning constitutes one critical aspect of the complex bulk carrier operations. A conventional bulk carrier may transport coal this week and soya beans the next week, which requires thorough wash-downs and cleaning. In this regard, Danish shipping company Norden announced it has tested a cargo hold robot which can be remotely operated to prevent risk and delays.
In its latest edition of ‘The Navigator’, The Nautical Institute explores the importance for ship navigators of always keeping a good lookout by all available means, while maintaining focus and alertness. The most critical piece of equipment on the ship bridge is seafarers’ own eyes. Unfortunately this is not always the case, and when a lookout is not maintained, bad things can happen.
The MoU commits IMRF and the Nautical Institute to exchange information and technical cooperation in areas of mutual interest, and to improve training standards and guidelines across the shipping industry. In addition, the IMRF and the Nautical Institute will attempt to promote issues regarding the safety of mariners and others at sea.
IMO has collaborated with the NGO ‘Pew Charitable Trust’, to organise a series of seminars for government officials and industry representatives in key developing countries, to raise awareness of the Cape Town Agreement and the benefits of ratifying it. The Cape Town Agreement addresses fishing vessel safety.
The traditional thinking about safety has reached some notable landmarks, but the constantly renewed list of unexpected incidents at sea comes to underline a need for a change in safety perception, unveiling there could be more than the traditional ways of ‘doing safety’.
The US Coast Guard is working alongside partners in the region to respond and recover from Super Typhoon Yutu, which made landfall on October 24, on the Northern Mariana Islands. Currently, USCG is working to assess and restore the Maritime Transportation System to ensure the movement of supplies and commerce.
UK MCA reiterated IMO advice on the prevention of fire in Engine Rooms, Cargo Pump Rooms and other high fire risk spaces, following a recent incident of fire onboard a UK flagged vessel which resulted in one fatality. UK MAIB investigation highlighted that there were no systems in place to require the inspection of the ships low pressure fuel pipework.
On the occasion of the conclusion of New Zealand’s national Safer Boating Week on 19 October, Maritime NZ reiterated to skippers the importance of always ensuring that there is the right size of lifejackets for everyone onboard. Last year, 19 people died in recreational boating accidents on NZ waters.
While speaking at the last SAFETY4SEA Conference in Athens, Mr. Neale Rodrigues, Divisional Director, Britannia P&I Club, spoke on safety culture and management. He compared the two models of safety, starting with the current Safety-I model which is based on a reactive response, and going on to talk about Safety-II which promotes a proactive response to risk.
Maritime NZ, New Zealand’s marine safety regulatory agency, 13 councils and the Lake Taupo Harbourmaster announced beginning of an extended ‘No Excuses’ campaign for recreational boaties not carrying or wearing lifejackets and those who speed on the water.
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