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Maritime NZ: Failure to wear lifejacket key risk factor for boaties

Most recreational boaties in New Zealand continue to be highly safety conscious when they go on the water, but 20% still report that they wear a lifejacket either never, not very often or only some of the time, according to figures released by Maritime New Zealand on the occasion of Safer Boating Week. 

Predicting wind direction and strength by reading a weather chart

Weather charts, also known as surface pressure or synoptic charts, provide useful information on weather and sea conditions. Safe Skipper’s Simon Jollands recommends to mariners to always study weather charts and estimate how the weather is likely to evolve in the area they plan to sail in.

New Zealand: ‘Prep, check, know message’ for safer recreational boating

New Zealand initiates its annual Safer Boating week, following a fatal winter that led to a number of boating deaths, as until now, 18 people have died in recreational boating accidents, compared to just four in the whole of last year, while 12 of this year’s fatalities have been since the end of March.

UK MCA boards cargo that departed Sweden without permission

Scandinavian Coast Guard asked the UK MCA to board the Rix Emerald following allegations that the vessel departed Sweden without permission, and disappeared when the Swedish Transport Agency tried to detain the vessel, as the Courier reports.

US DOI publishes new safety policy on renewable projects on OCS

The US Department of Interior launched a new policy according to which it will act as the primary authority on workplace safety for renewable energy projects on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The new policy highlights the importance of advancing the renewable energy program on the Outer Continental Shelf.

Safe enclosed space entry: More regulations or just less complacency?

The shipping industry does not need more regulation, but a more thorough understanding of the current regulations and a more efficient safety culture to implement the existing regulatory framework, especially when it comes to enclosed space entry, was a key message by shipping experts in the latest SAFETY4SEA Athens Forum.

NOAA: What forms a hurricane

NOAA focuses on the phenomenon of hurricanes and explains what they are, how they are formed and how they occur, given their effects can lead to serious and fatal disruptions. When wind speeds within such a storm reach 74 mph, it’s classified as a hurricane.

5 safety tips for coping with waves and wind

HM Coastguard provides tips and information on how people can deal with ‘wind and waves’ and be safe, given that the previous weekend the UK was expecting ‘high tides and extra large waves’.

UK MCA: Two guides on navigation and STCW

The UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (UK MCA) has published two guides on seafarer practices; The first guide discusses the importance of watch-keeping and the impact of over-reliance on a single electronic navigational aid. The second guide focuses on UK requirements for safe manning operations.

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