During the last SAFETY4SEA Athens Forum, Mr. Elias Psyllos, Vice President Commercial and Risk Management, T&T Salvage, shared lessons learned from his experience in emergency response incidents. Beginning his presentation with key salvage concepts, he provided the main first steps operators need to follow in the initial phase of a response. Experts’ presence on site, a proper salvage plan and salvage engineering are vital, he stressed, to verify what savors are doing is right.
Emergency Response Service
The Miami Beach Coast Guard rescued four seafarers on January 26, from a vessel taking on water about 1 mile east of Cutler Bay. The Coast Guard Station Miami Beach 45-foot Response Boat- Medium boat crew spotted the four marines and immediately went for help.
The US Coast Guard issued a statement reminding the consequences of illegal flare lighting, which can be misinterpreted as an emergency signal and subsequently disrupt response to genuine emergency calls.
In the latest edition of Signals, North P&I Club’s Kostas Katsoulieris discusses the steps to take onboard where there is a serious incident requiring medical assistance from ashore. Firstly, basic first aid should be provided onboard under the guidance of the Ship’s Medical Officer and with reference to the Ship’s Medical Guide.
The Swedish Club published “Anatomy of an Accident”, providing insight into the coordinated exercise that surrounds a serious vessel casualty. Illustrating just how easily an incident can escalate; the guide explores the various processes involved in dealing with an emergency situation, and the complicated interplay between professionals involved.
DNV GL presented a recent case of “Modern Express” maritime incident, at which corresponded the DNV GL Emergency Response Service. The company notes that during these incidents, every minute counts, and close cooperation with salvage services is essential for a good outcome.
The Shipowners P&I Club issued the second in a series of risk assessment articles, focusing on risk assessments for passenger vessel operations. The Club distinguishes three sample risk assessments: embarking/disembarking of passengers, care of passengers during the voyage and care during emergency situations.
VIKING will showcase its new solutions and servicing concepts in a forthcoming exhibition. The company says their products combine all the advantages of modern lifeboats, such as self-propelled maneuverability, with the flexibility, comfort and smaller footprint of liferafts. In addition, their new storage and launch unit, is expected to set new standards for innovation, functionality and aesthetics in deckside or hull-integrated evacuation systems.
USCG announced that a Coast Guard aircrew rescued five people aboard a tug, which ran aground on the Mariposa Reef, on the south side of Strait Island in Sumner Strait, Thursday 2 March. The aircrew hoisted the five people from a barge attached to “Ocean Eagle” tug and transported them to Sitka, after the vessel began taking on water the previous night.
Joakim Enström, Loss Prevention Officer, The Swedish Club, explains that Club’s focus for the new year would be to enhance emergency response. The Club has already launched a new initiative including emergency training based upon a realistic scenario with the aim to shape a more rigorous and realistic approach to testing the emergency response plan.
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