A ship equipment contains many items that could be defined as ‘critical’. Normally, criteria for choosing a critical equipment or operation lie as its potential to carry on to a hazardous situation. When trying to decide which equipment items are ‘critical’, consideration is given to human safety and pollution prevention.
Engine room crew perform their duties in an extremely demanding working environment; high temperatures and pressure systems. Despite of taking all the precautions and safety measures, while handling engine room machinery systems, accidents do happen!
The work of tugboat pilots and crews is important but also challenging enough. Which are, therefore, the necessary preventive actions to be followed, in case of towing?
Oil pollution is considered one of the most significant damages to the marine environment, mostly due to the nature and composition of oil. Oil pollution can result from oil used to power a ship, as well as from oil carried as cargo. But how can the industry respond to mitigate this risk?
The Republic of Marshall Islands reminded the need for verifying and submitting the Critical Items Checklist before arrival in any US Port. Namely, The checklist aims to reflect the status of the critical items that may cause a dangerous situation condition or Port State control detention.
At circumstances of an uncontrolled fire on board or in cases of vessel sinking, abandoning a ship is the most practical option, however there are a few precautions to be taken under consideration.
It is important for ship owners to have basic knowledge of marine salvage and insurance rights to protect the vessel, crew, cargo and environment at sea. But, which are the actions needed to be taken by the responsible personnel, especially the master?
When situations at sea becoming out of control, threatening human life, the crew is authorized to call for medical or other assistance which approaches with a helicopter from the shore. Emergency incidents are the most common situations that need helicopter intervention.
Accidents on-board happen for various of reasons; falls and slips are the most common. But what if an accident results to the death of crew member or members? This is a very different situation. Enclosed space is one of the most common reasons that result on different accidents on ship.
Being a seafarer is considered a challenging occupation especially when it comes to crew health and safety. Certainly, verifying seafarers’ health status prior embarkation is compelled. However, even if medical examinations are being conducted before seafarers join a ship, diseases owning to the nature of working onboard such as the cargo carried or the materials handled and even a few epidemic diseases are very common.
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