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Skuld review of Riyadh MoU CIC on fire safety systems and USCG observations

Riyadh MoU from 1 October to 31 December 2014 addresses compliance with SOLAS II-2 and FSS Code Fire safety systems and the state of fire fighting equipment on board vessels have been the subject of both a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) by the Riyadh MoU this year, as well as commentary by the US Coast Guard. The Skuld P&I Club gives an overview of these current CIC as well as loss prevention advice to operators for fire safety onbaord. Fire fighting at seaThucydides has been reputed to have said, "A collision at sea can ruin your entire day", but he may have expanded on this to add that a fire at sea is the worst day of them all.It may seem paradoxical to a lay person that a vessel surrounded by water should fear fire, but every seafarer knows that fires on board ships can be very difficult and quickly lead to very tragic consequences. A situation the Association is very keenly familiar with following the events on the MS Scandinavian Star in 1990.Port State Control authorities take the matter of fire safety on board vessels very seriously, and it is therefore not surprising to see developments in this regard ...

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Madagascar commissioning enhances African SAR coverage

Sub-centre, at Antananarivo, Madagascar for SAR coordination purposes A further key link in the plan to provide effective search and rescue (SAR) coverage off the coast of Africa has been established, with the commissioning of a search and rescue sub-centre that will operate in conjunction with the regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) in Cape Town, South Africa.The sub-centre, at Antananarivo, Madagascar, was commissioned on 11 December 2011 by IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, together with Madagascar's Minister for Transports, Benjamina Ramarcel Ramantsoa and Mr. Jérôme Sambalis Director General of the Agence Portuaire, Maritime et Fluviale (APMF).The inauguration of the new facility, which will operate as a joint maritime and aeronautical centre, marks an important step in a process that began at a conference on Search and Rescue and the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, convened by IMO in Florence, Italy, in October 2000. African Governments represented at the Conference agreed on a regional approach to the provision of SAR services in western, southern and eastern parts of the continent as well as in island States around Africa.To that effect, they adopted a resolution inviting the African countries bordering the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, as well as the nearby ...

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