SAFETY4SEA https://safety4sea.com Maritime News Mon, 16 Sep 2019 08:50:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.6 The effects of transshipment of catch in the Pacific https://safety4sea.com/the-effects-of-transshipment-of-catch-in-the-pacific/ https://safety4sea.com/the-effects-of-transshipment-of-catch-in-the-pacific/#respond Mon, 16 Sep 2019 08:50:12 +0000 https://safety4sea.com/?p=21202777 The transshipment of catch, which enables fresh fish to get to market sooner, is a significant but largely hidden part of the global commercial fishing industry. Transshipment regards hundreds of refrigerated cargo vessels, or carrier vessels, roaming the oceans, taking in catch from thousands of fishing vessels and transporting it to shore for processing. 

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The transshipment of catch, which enables fresh fish to get to market sooner, is a significant but largely hidden part of the global commercial fishing industry. Transshipment regards hundreds of refrigerated cargo vessels, or carrier vessels, roaming the oceans, taking in catch from thousands of fishing vessels and transporting it to shore for processing.

As The Pew Charitable Trusts says, moving catch from one ship to another may seem innocuous, but most transshipments occur far out at sea, where out of the sight and reach of authorities, unscrupulous fishing vessel operators can obscure, manipulate, or otherwise falsify data on their fishing practices, the species or amounts caught or transferred, and catch locations.

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According to extensive data from regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs), such activity seems to be widespread, indicating a lack of monitoring and control due to the tracking of these transfers. Even when transshipment takes place in port, adequate oversight cannot always be guaranteed as because some ports do not have enough monitoring capacity.

What is now at stake are the efforts to enhance the health of diminishing fish stocks. Namely, in the western and central Pacific Ocean, more than US$142 million worth of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) product is transshipped each year, according to a 2016 study, most of which is misreported or not reported by licensed fishing vessels. These activities, according to Pew Trusts,  undermine fisheries conservation and management efforts, while also contributing to global overfishing.

To better understand transshipment operations, The Pew Charitable Trusts combined commercially available satellite automatic identification system (AIS) data with the application of machine learning technology, aiming to analyse the movements of carrier vessels that operate in the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) Convention area in 2016.

Incomplete use of AIS by WCPFC-authorized carrier vessels limited Pew’s ability to comprehensively examine and draw conclusions about carrier vessel fleet dynamics. But analysing AIS data provided an opportunity to better understand overall WCPFC carrier vessel fleet movement patterns—including spatial dynamics, voyage profiles and the most frequented ports

That data presented that at least 140 carrier vessels operated in WCPFC Convention area waters in 2016, but only 25 vessels reported high seas transshipments. According to the combined analysis of AIS data and publicly available reports to WCPFC, a strong possibility exists that more at-sea transshipment events took place that year than were reported by carrier vessels themselves or by relevant flag or coastal State authorities.

What is more, unauthorized carrier vessels probably conducted transshipment activities in WCPFC-managed waters that included, in part, transferring WCPFC-managed species.

Moreover, Pew cross-referenced the AIS track histories of carrier vessels and movement patterns consistent with transshipment behaviour against publicly available information on carrier ships and transshipments reported by the WCPFC secretariat and Commission members.

The analysis concluded to a baseline profile of the behaviour and trends of authorized carrier vessels in the Pacific. Pew discovered that transshipment management in WCPFC-managed waters is affected by a lack of reporting information, non-compliance with reporting requirements, and non-standardized reporting responses.

For this reason, Pew suggests that three parts of the transshipment regulatory framework be improved: reporting, monitoring and data sharing.

Transshipment reporting would be much more complete and uniform by:

  • Requiring that all events be reported, regardless of location or origin of catch;
  • Updating and standardizing all reporting and notification forms and including minimum data collection requirements for both target and by-catch species;
  • Mandating notifications of intent to transship when carrier vessels enter WCPFC waters, including confirmation of compliance with near-real-time vessel monitoring system (VMS) reporting and observer carriage requirements;
  • Requiring electronic notifications and declarations within the 24 hours before and after each event, regardless of location;
  • Mandating the presence of observers on all vessels involved in transshipping and requiring submission of observer reports after each event as an independent means of verification;
  • Requiring that the secretariat conduct annual audits of transshipment reporting and carrier vessel activities, using both public and non-public domain data.Transshipment monitoring would be much more effective by:
  • Requiring 100 per cent observer coverage (human and/or electronic) on all vessels involved in transshipment, regardless of location;
  • Establishing minimum standards for collecting carrier observer information;
  • Ensuring that all vessels engaged in transshipment have access to a pool of trained and certified carrier observers who collect information for both scientific and compliance purposes;
  • Requiring that all vessels engaged in transshipment have an operational VMS unit on board to help authorities monitor and track vessels port to port in near-real time;
  • Mandating manual reporting and vessel monitoring arrangements if VMS units malfunction or fail;
  • Considering requiring AIS usage by all WCPFC-authorized vessels as a supplement to VMS to make activities more transparent and improve overall vessel monitoring.Transshipment data sharing would be much more effective by:
  • Establishing and harmonizing transshipment data-sharing procedures among all relevant national authorities and the secretariat;
  • Expanding the data-sharing agreement between the WCPFC and the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) to include sharing of all transshipment-related data and involving the IATTC’s carrier observer service provider;
  • Establishing a data-sharing agreement with the North Pacific Fisheries Commission (NPFC) to include sharing all transshipment-related data.

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Protesters face felony charges over Houston Ship Channel disruption https://safety4sea.com/protesters-face-felony-charges-over-houston-ship-channel-disruption/ https://safety4sea.com/protesters-face-felony-charges-over-houston-ship-channel-disruption/#respond Mon, 16 Sep 2019 08:48:50 +0000 https://safety4sea.com/?p=21202779 US authorities criminally charged climate change protesters for shutting down the largest US energy-export port for a day by dangling from a bridge. The protest organized by Greenpeace closed part of the Houston Ship Channel on Thursday. 

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US authorities criminally charged climate change protesters for shutting down the largest US energy-export port for a day by dangling from a bridge. The protest organized by Greenpeace closed part of the Houston Ship Channel on Thursday.

The Harris County District Attorney’s office said its charges were the first under a new law that makes it a felony to disrupt energy pipelines and ports, Reuters reported.

Those charged include 31 people who dangled on ropes off a bridge, costing many millions of dollars in lost commerce, said Sean Teare, a Harris County prosecutor.

Most of the protesters were expected to appear Friday before a magistrate for a probable cause hearing, he said.

All 31 face up to a $10,000 fine and two years in prison if convicted. The district attorney’s office plans to convene a grand jury to consider other criminal charges, he said.

Federal prosecutors separately charged 22 members of the same group with misdemeanor obstruction of navigable waters, according to a filing on Friday. They could face up to a year in prison on the federal charges.

This is a bullying tactic that serves the interests of corporations at the expense of people exercising their right to free speech,

...said Tom Wetterer, Greenpeace’s general counsel.

The Houston Ship Channel on Friday reopened for vessel traffic after the last of 11 protesters was removed by police.

Protesters sought to bring attention to climate change during Thursday’s debate of Democratic presidential hopefuls in Houston.

The Houston Ship Channel stretches 53 miles (85 km) from its entrance in the Gulf of Mexico to the Port of Houston.

The area affected is home to five major oil refineries, as well as chemical and oil-export terminals.

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EU’s biggest hydrogen plant to be constructed in Rotterdam https://safety4sea.com/eus-biggest-hydrogen-plant-to-be-constructed-in-rotterdam/ https://safety4sea.com/eus-biggest-hydrogen-plant-to-be-constructed-in-rotterdam/#respond Mon, 16 Sep 2019 08:39:13 +0000 https://safety4sea.com/?p=21202773 In the three years following, Europe's biggest green hydrogen plant preparations will take place in the Port of Rotterdam, as hydrogen will lead the energy transition system. Water is the only residual product of hydrogen; Yet, up to now hydrogen can be maintained by converting natural gas at high temperatures which led to CO2 release, as well. 

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In the three years following, Europe's biggest green hydrogen plant preparations will take place in the Port of Rotterdam, as hydrogen will lead the energy transition system. Water is the only residual product of hydrogen; Yet, up to now hydrogen can be maintained by converting natural gas at high temperatures which led to CO2 release, as well.

The Port of Rotterdam will partner with BP and Nouryon to develop the hydrogen plant.

Rotterdam wants to change it, as water can be divided into hydrogen and oxygen via electrolysis; This means that using green energy, as wind and solar power, for electrolysis, hydrogen will be CO2 neutral.

Corné Boot, Head of Government Affairs at BP Nederland commented

Together with Nouryon and the Port of Rotterdam Authority, we’ll be taking on the challenge to see whether we can establish a green hydrogen supply here.

She continued that the plant should be able to produce 45,000 tonnes of green hydrogen annually, making it the biggest hydrogen plant in Europe.

The three partners face a challenge of constructing a hydrogen plant 25 times larger than the other ones; Marcel Galjee, Nouryon’s Energy Director further noted

Which incentives will be available, and how do we develop the infrastructure needed at the right time? It is hugely complex, which means that technical feasibility is crucial. Today’s reality is that Europe’s biggest water electrolyser is at Nouryon in Norway, and this is 10 Megawatts. At the BP refinery we’re talking about a scale some 25 times larger. This demonstrates the challenge we’re facing.

According to the statement, the final decision will be taken in 2022. The plan is that there will be 12 Gigawatt in offshore wind energy in the Dutch section of the North Sea by 2030. However, this entire capacity is still not enough for only Rotterdam’s demand for green electricity and hydrogen.

Recently, the port of Rotterdam published its goals towards decarbonisation, looking to energy transition, biobased and circular economy, carbon capture and storage, hydrogen and renewables and the decarbonisation of its transport system.

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New Italian government allows migrant rescue ship into port https://safety4sea.com/new-italian-government-allows-migrant-rescue-ship-into-port/ https://safety4sea.com/new-italian-government-allows-migrant-rescue-ship-into-port/#respond Mon, 16 Sep 2019 08:14:28 +0000 https://safety4sea.com/?p=21202765 Italy’s new government allowed the French charity ship 'Ocean Viking' to bring ashore 82 migrants to the southern island of Lampedusa on Saturday, opposing to the practices of the previous far-right government, which had closed ports to migrants.

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Italy’s new government allowed the French charity ship 'Ocean Viking' to bring ashore 82 migrants to the southern island of Lampedusa on Saturday, opposing to the practices of the previous far-right government, which had closed ports to migrants.

However, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, who heads the 5-Star Movement in the governing coalition, said the boat was only being given access because other European states had agreed to take in many of those onboard.

The government formally took office on Tuesday, promising a fresh approach to migration, following the 'close-doors' policy implemented by the previous government which attracted media attention in the last years.

Italy's far-right Minister Matteo Salvini has been at the centre of global criticism for closing all Italian ports to humanitarian vessels, since his League party formed a coalition last year with the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement.

The ship, run by French charities SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders, picked up the migrants off Libya last week and had asked both Italy and Malta for permission to dock.

Recent such requests from other boats had been rejected, leaving migrants stranded at sea for prolonged periods.

"The new government is reopening the ports. Italy is going back to being Europe’s REFUGEE CAMP. (These are) abusive ministers who hate Italians," Salvini wrote on Twitter.

During his 14 months at the interior ministry, Salvini introduced rules barring rescue ships from entering Italian waters, saying Italy had borne too much responsibility for handling African migration to Europe.

Ships that defied the order risked being impounded and were threatened with fines of up to a million euros ($1.1 million).

Over the summer, the German captain of the migrant-rescue ship 'Sea Watch 3' was arrested over docking in Lampedusa along with 42 migrants onboard, defying the stringent domestic law that had closed borders to migrants.

The new government has not given details of any new system for sharing out migrants.

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Drone attacks affect Saudi Arabia’s oil capacity https://safety4sea.com/drone-attacks-affect-saudi-arabias-oil-capacity/ https://safety4sea.com/drone-attacks-affect-saudi-arabias-oil-capacity/#respond Mon, 16 Sep 2019 08:09:14 +0000 https://safety4sea.com/?p=21202763 Drone attacks on crucial Saudi Arabian oil facilities, which are among the world's most important energy production centers, have caused disruptions on around half of the country's oil capacity, or 5% of the worldwide oil supply. Yemen's Houthi rebels took responsibility for the attacks, noting that 10 drones aimed Saudi Aramco's oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais.

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Drone attacks on crucial Saudi Arabian oil facilities, which are among the world's most important energy production centers, have caused disruptions on around half of the country's oil capacity, or 5% of the worldwide oil supply.

Yemen's Houthi rebels took responsibility for the attacks, noting that 10 drones aimed Saudi Aramco's oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais.

However, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for the attacks, and mentioned that there was "no evidence the attacks came from Yemen."

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In addition, CNN reported that initial indications point out that the attacks possibly originated from Iraq, adding that Iran has important influence in southern Iraq.

For Iran's foreign ministry, a spokesperson denied the accusation that Tehran was behind the attacks, explaining that "blind accusations and inappropriate comments in a diplomatic context are incomprehensible and meaningless." Iraq also rejected the accusations that its territory was used to launch the attacks.

Due to the attacks, Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman informed that 5.7 million barrels a day of crude oil and gas production have been impacted. He added that Aramco is now trying to recover the lost quantities of oil.

Moreover, two facilities were impacted by fires, which are now under control, while authorities are also investigating.

Saudi Arabia is the largest oil exporter, but it has reduced production of crude and other energy products, under an OPEC effort to increase prices. As of now, Saudi Arabia is responsible for producing about 10% of the total global supply.

Finally, on September 13 oil prices decreased, with Brent crude, the global price benchmark falling 0.3% to nearly $60.22 per barrel.

This incident comes after news that the presence of the UK warships in the Strait of Hormuz has stabilized the commercial shipping operations, following the tensions in the area after Iran seized a UK-flagged tanker in the region, a British navy official reported to Reuters.

The first incident that spiked the tensions, was in May, when the UAE said that four vessels were sabotaged at the Fujairah port.

In June, the shipping industry was present in an additional attack that took place in the Gulf of Oman against two vessels. The IMO Secretary General, the International Chamber of Shipping and INTERTANKO expressed their concerns, noting that this is an intolerable situation threatening the lives of seafarers, the environment and the world economy.

Here you can see a timeline of the events that followed.

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UK ports launch ‘People in Ports’ campaign https://safety4sea.com/uk-ports-launch-people-in-ports-campaign/ https://safety4sea.com/uk-ports-launch-people-in-ports-campaign/#respond Mon, 16 Sep 2019 08:04:59 +0000 https://safety4sea.com/?p=21202762 The UK Government launched the 'People Route Map' which includes a set of short-term, medium-term and long-term actions and commitments from Government to support maritime skills, which the British Ports Association (BPA) and Port Skills and Safety (PSS) have applauded.

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The UK Government launched the 'People Route Map' which includes a set of short-term, medium-term and long-term actions and commitments from Government to support maritime skills, which the British Ports Association (BPA) and Port Skills and Safety (PSS) have applauded.

The Maritime 2050 strategy includes the chapter 'People'. This chapter consists of five areas:

  1. Inspiring people: young people to consider roles in the sector.
  2. Expanding the talent pool: addressing diversity.
  3. Skills and training: ensuring of the right training in place, the right qualifications, the right apprenticeships, maximising the use of new technologies and ensuring the UK maritime workforce is prepared for the future with the right skills as they head towards 2050.
  4. Career progression: ensuring those considering embarking on a maritime career or those already in the sector, have knowledge and pathways to move to where they want to be and reach their potential. Likewise, this will enable employers to fill gaps more easily by having clearly defined pathways into various parts of the sector so valuable skills are not lost to other sectors.
  5. Social framework: ensuring people are supported in their roles whether on land or at sea and are informed. Working conditions and employment and social rights will be comprehensive and protected. The UK will work internationally to support the effective implementation and raising of global standards

Overall, the BPA and the PSS have taken part in the People Route Map; In better support the Government's Maritime 2050 Strategy, the BPA will launch a 'People in Ports' campaign to raise awareness of the ports sector and its importance. This campaign, which will be the first of its kind for the ports sector, will also aim to attract the next generation to think about a career in ports and the broader maritime sector.

In addition, the Maritime Skills Commission, in support of the project, will focus on ensuring how professional development plans are transformed into training programmes.

Sara Walsh, Corporate Services Manager at the British Ports Association commented

We will be doing this by working closely with Maritime UK’s new Careers and Promotion and Outreach Manager who will be tasked with coordinating and delivering this enhanced careers promotion programme ...  We look forward to working with Government, Maritime UK and other industry bodies to implement the recommendations put forward.

Moreover, the route map presents a different perspective, according to which those who want to work in the maritime sector are not obliged to follow the 'traditional sea going experience', and may follow another path in the ports sector.

To attract more people in the maritime industry, the sector has developed apprenticeships for port operatives, marine operatives, marine pilots and harbour masters. These are bringing new diverse talent that ports will need to continue to succeed and grow.

Richard Steele, Chief Executive of Port Skills and Safety, added

We are wholly committed to the Maritime 2050 principle, that people are at the heart of the strategy. Ports and maritime will continue to provide rewarding and enriching careers.

In its efforts to make the maritime sector greener, smarter and more sustainable, the UK Government has launched as part of its Maritime 2050 Strategy the Clean Maritime Plan, a long-term strategy published in January 2019 to keep the UK as a world leader in the maritime sector for decades to come.

To explore more on '' Maritime 2050 ‘People’ Route Map' click on the PDF herebelow

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Lessons learned: Insufficient planning, alcohol linked to fatal powerboat incident https://safety4sea.com/lessons-learned-insufficient-planning-alcohol-linked-to-fatal-powerboat-incident/ https://safety4sea.com/lessons-learned-insufficient-planning-alcohol-linked-to-fatal-powerboat-incident/#respond Mon, 16 Sep 2019 07:44:36 +0000 https://safety4sea.com/?p=21202750 Ireland's Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) issued an investigation report on a fatal incident involving a recreational powerboat off the Coonanna Pier in Co. Kerry, in September 2018. The report highlighted issues related to lack of basic safety equipment and consumption of alcohol. 

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Ireland's Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) issued an investigation report on a fatal incident involving a recreational powerboat off the Coonanna Pier in Co. Kerry, in September 2018. The report highlighted issues related to insufficient planning, lack of basic safety equipment and consumption of alcohol.

The incident

On the 30th September 2018 at approximately 08.30 hrs a recreational powerboat departed from Coonanna Pier in Co. Kerry with three persons on board.

The vessel sailed out of the harbour and proceeded westwards to fish with rods in Dingle Bay.

At 11.00 hrs crew member No.1 received a mobile phone call from his wife. He told her that the water was “no good, not stable” and that he wanted to come back.

His wife called him again at 14.30 hrs but there was no reply.

At approximately 18.00 hrs a member of the public saw the bow of a boat at the entrance to Coonanna Harbour and shortly afterwards observed a person in the water closer to the pier.

The person informed the Coast Guard which tasked a SAR helicopter and the Valentia Lifeboat. The helicopter recovered three bodies from the water.

The remains of the boat were recovered the next day.

 

Probable causes

There are four main factors which likely combined to cause this incident:

  • The design and construction of the boat.
  • Failure to plan for the voyage and for emergency situations.
  • Failure to appreciate the limitations of the boat.
  • The consumption of alcohol by two of the three crew.

 

Conclusions

  • The vessel was not suitable for the conditions and voyage on the day.
  • The vessel did not carry the basic safety equipment as recommended in the CoP for Recreational Craft.

The crew wore buoyancy vests which are sleeveless jackets without a collar. Unlike a lifejacket which completely supports the body and keeps the head back and out of the water a buoyancy vest only provides limited support.

  • The crew had not planned the voyage sufficiently and were not prepared for an emergency.
  • The vessel was swamped by a wave washing over the transom of the heavily laden boat. This wave was a combination of the boat’s wake wave and a swell wave.

When the boat was sighted at 18.00 hrs it was stern underwater and bow pointing upwards. This indicates that the boat was swamped from astern so the cockpit rapidly filled with water and tipped the crew into the sea. The air trapped in the bow of the boat, along with the internal foam buoyancy, kept the boat afloat with stern down due to the weight of the two outboard engines. This may have occurred at the west side of the entrance before 14.30 hrs. The crew and boat drifted in and across the harbour to the position in which they were sighted at 18.00 hrs.

  • The fatalities resulted from a prolonged period in cold water as there was no means of indicating distress.
  • The omissions and deficiencies by the crew stemmed from a lack of knowledge and training.
  • Mobile phones are not reliable as a means of contacting the emergency services and a marine VHF radio should be used. This vessel was not equipped with marine VHF radios.
  • Buoyancy aids are only suitable where a person will be quickly lifted from the water. PFDs which support the head out of the water are required in situations where the person is in the water for a prolonged period of time.
  • It is likely that consumption of alcohol by two of the three crew resulted in diminished ability to cope with the prevailing conditions and impaired performance in addressing an emergency.

Tests undertaken by the State Laboratory for the autopsies indicated concentrations of blood ethanol at 148mg% for the Skipper, zero for Crewmember No. 1 and 191mg% for Crewmember No. 2. Under the terms of the Road Traffic (Amendment) Act, 2018 a concentration of blood ethanol at 51 mg to 80 mg per 100 ml of blood incurs a penalty of automatic disqualification for fully licenced drivers.

 

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MPA Singapore participates in ‘Maritime Clean-Up Day’ https://safety4sea.com/mpa-singapore-participates-in-maritime-clean-up-day/ https://safety4sea.com/mpa-singapore-participates-in-maritime-clean-up-day/#respond Mon, 16 Sep 2019 07:28:28 +0000 https://safety4sea.com/?p=21202752 The project 'Clean-Up on Kayak' was launched in 2016 and has evolved through the years, including new and various partners and members to ensure a more holistic and comprehensive marine conservation programme.

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The Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA Singapore) in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS), 120 volunteers and Mr Baey Yam Keng, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Culture, Community and Youth to remove debris from various locations around Singapore.

The project 'Clean-Up on Kayak' was launched in 2016 and has evolved through the years, including new and various partners and members to ensure a more holistic and comprehensive marine conservation programme.

The project is today known as 'Marine Clean-Up Day'.

In 2019's Maritime Clean-Up Day, the Public Hygiene Council loaned litter picking equipment from the cleanpods at East Coast Park, providing it to the 50 volunteers, who picked litter and micro-plastics at East Coast Beach for disposal.

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The MPA gathered approximately 240kg of marine debris, which were sorted and recorded for data research purposes.

In the meantime, 20 stand-up paddlers from the Surfing Association (Singapore) and 30 volunteer kayakers collected floating marine debris from the coastal waters. Also, 20 divers from Our Singapore Reefs removed marine debris around Lazarus Island. Members from the local fishing community also took part in the process, picking litter from the sea or the beach.

Mr Baey commented

The Marine Clean-Up Day is the first time MPA is working with so many like-minded groups of volunteers. I hope that through such efforts, more members of the public will be aware of the role they can play in protecting our environment.

Back in 2017, the MPA Singapore had supported the Maritime Clean-Up Day, along with various partners, in supporting a better and cleaner marine environment.

Mr Baey Yam Keng, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Culture, Community and Youth, collecting marine trash at MPA's inaugural Marine Clean-Up Day

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Crew suffers hand hairline fracture after stopping mooring line https://safety4sea.com/crew-suffers-hand-hairline-fracture-after-stopping-mooring-line/ https://safety4sea.com/crew-suffers-hand-hairline-fracture-after-stopping-mooring-line/#respond Mon, 16 Sep 2019 07:02:51 +0000 https://safety4sea.com/?p=21202735 IMCA presents an accident onboard a vessel, when one crewmember suffered a hairline fracture to his hand when trying to stop a mooring line. In general, mooring operations have caused many accidents in the industry; Mooring handling hides many dangers as this duty requires a good technique initially in lifting the heavy eye of the rope, followed by a good pulling technique.

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IMCA presents an accident onboard a vessel, when one crewmember suffered a hairline fracture to his hand when trying to stop a mooring line. In general, mooring operations have caused many accidents in the industry; Mooring handling hides many dangers as this duty requires a good technique initially in lifting the heavy eye of the rope, followed by a good pulling technique.

During mooring operations in the forward mooring deck of a large vessel, crewmembers were sending out lines to line handlers that were ashore; When sending out the last breast line, the crew lost control of it and the line was slackened out in force.

In light of this event, the crew shouted warnings to the contrary; However, despite the warnings, the man closest to the line tried stopping it with his hands.

The force of the line’s movement resulted in a hairline fracture to his right hand. Medical treatment was given on-board before signing off the same day to recover from his injury.

IMCA suggests that the bosun saw what was happening and warned the crew to not stop the line. However, it's possible that the crewman that was closest to the line didn't hear the warnings.

Also, the injured crew member had more than 10 years experience as a carpenter on similar vessels/operations, but did not have an STCW A II/5 license, nor could it be documented that he had received equivalent training on board as required by the company. The Bosun oversaw the mooring operation on the forward mooring deck. No Officer was in charge as required by company procedures.

Probable causes

  1. The force of the rapidly moving line was misjudged when deciding to attempt stopping it by hand;
  2. The mooring operations were being conducted without an officer in charge and with crew members lacking appropriate qualification requirements;
  3. The existing company procedures for mooring operations were neither followed nor enforced;
  4. The risk of events such as this occurring had not been assessed.

 

Overall, SQE marine has launched a sample of toolbox meeting in order to be used as guidance on board during mooring operations, whereas SAFETY4SEA has issued specific mooring line handling tips.

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NOAA: What is Geodesy https://safety4sea.com/noaa-what-is-geodesy/ https://safety4sea.com/noaa-what-is-geodesy/#respond Mon, 16 Sep 2019 07:00:45 +0000 https://safety4sea.com/?p=21202104 According to NOAA, geodesy is the science of precisely measuring and understanding three fundamental properties of the Earth; Its geometric shape, its orientation in space, and its gravity field, while also measuring the changes of these properties on time.

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According to NOAA, geodesy is the science of precisely measuring and understanding three fundamental properties of the Earth; Its geometric shape, its orientation in space, and its gravity field, while also measuring the changes of these properties on time.

The measurement is accomplished with the use of GPS, as geodesists are able to monitor the movement of a site 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

NOAA highlights that geodesists should accurately define the coordinates of points on the surface of the Earth in a consistent manner. A set of accurately measured points is the basis for the National Spatial Reference System, which allows different kinds of maps to be consistent with one another.

Also, many are the organisations using geodesy to map the US shoreline, determine land boundaries, and improve transportation and navigation safety. To measure points on the Earth’s surface, geodesists assign coordinates to points all over the Earth.

In the past, prior to the technological development, geodesists stated the coordinates of points by using Earth-based  surveying tools measuring the distances between points.

Today, geodesists have adopted the ellipsoid as the most basic model of the Earth, the most simple mathematical model, which excludes mountains or valleys.

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