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Proper arrival checklist crucial to prevent severe damage

Swedish Club published its latest monthly safety scenario, regarding a passenger vessel incident. During the vessel’s approach to the port, the ship stopped, leaving the Master confused. Upon check, it was noticed that the port fin was severely damaged and that the hull had a huge dent.

6 tips for safe mooring operations

Mooring and unmooring operations hide a number of risks for those who get involved, many times leading to a fatal accident or a collision; Thus, it is of a great importance when conducting any mooring operation to follow specific steps to ensure the safety of all those conducting the operation.

Preparing for bunkering: Proper planning & critical safety checks

The bunkering of ships, which formerly was a relatively low skill and low value activity, has deployed into a highly focused shipboard operation, due to the continuously rising oil price in conjunction with the imperative need for high marine environmental protection.

Conducting necessary checks crucial to prevent accidents

The Swedish Club informs about a controllable pitch propeller failure caused heavy contact with lock gate. Namely, a vessel was waiting to proceed through a lock to another berth. The OOW had not checked the CPP as the vessel was alongside for twelve hours. He was also stressed to prepare everything for departure in a short time.

St. Vincent and The Grenadines: Actions to be taken ahead PSC inspections

The St. Vincent And The Grenadines Maritime Administration issued a circular to provide managing companies and ships’ officers guidance on how to keep their ships ready for PSC inspections and avoid an eventual detention. The analysis of the evolution of detentions of ships flying St Vincent and The Grenadines Flag inside the Paris MoU Region has shown an improving situation from 2005.

Procedures: A guide to safe passage planning

Voyage planning is a key element of Bridge Resource Management forming the foundation the bridge team will use to ensure the vessel’s safe transit along its intended route. A voyage plan (or passage plan) is a comprehensive, berth to berth guide, developed and used by a vessel’s bridge team to determine the most favorable route and identify potential hazards along the route.

Do’s and Don’ts for steel cargo loading checklist

Steel is a high-value cargo, which can be easily damaged by rough handling, water and moisture. Damage can occur for different reasons in transit or before loading. The Standard Club issued a guide focusing on correctly loading, stowing and securing steel cargoes to prevent any damage claims.

Procedures: A step-by-step guide for safe abandon-ship drills

One of the worst situations a seafarer can encounter during his/her sea service is the order by the master to abandon vessel in the face of danger. If not properly conducted, this operation, instead of saving lives, may lead to unexpected losses. In this regard, regular abandon-ship drills are vital to prepare crew.

Procedures: Step-by-step stages of a proper STS transfer

Ship to ship transfer operations are seen more and more as vessels’ size grows in comparison with ports’ and terminals’ size. STS constitutes one of the most common but also high-risk operations in shipping. These operations should be carefully planned and executed by familiar and trained crews.

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