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IMCA issues new guidance for offshore wind crew transfer

Transfering personnel to offshore vessels and structures with safety One of the activities specific to offshore operations is the transfer of personnel between vessels and other offshore structures. Such transfers can include movements of personnel at crew change and shift change from vessel to vessel and also between vessels, offshore structures (including offshore wind turbines), barges and crew boats as well as to and from the quayside. Safety of transfer is of paramount importance.The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has revised its Guidance on the transfer of personnel to and from offshore vessels and structures' (IMCA SEL 025 Rev. 1 / IMCA M 202 Rev. 1) to include the equipment and practices that are currently used in the offshore renewable energy industry."Within the offshore industry, particularly in the offshore renewable energy industry, there has been an increase in the requirement for the transfer of personnel to offshore vessels and structures, with this trend set to continue," explains IMCA's Technical Director, Jane Bugler. "Personnel transfers in the offshore renewable energy industry primarily involve transfer to and from vessels of 10m to 30m in length, operating independently from a mother vessel or from a port."Our document provides guidance for the offshore industry ...

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ICS Launches Free Guidance to Shipowners

Implementing an Effective Safety Culture The new ICS Guidelines, being distributed free of charge throughout the industry, were launched in June and sponsored by ICS, for Governments attending the IMO Symposium on the Future of Ship Safety in London.ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe, explained: "Our brochure is intended to provide some basic advice to companies on the successful implementation of an effective safety culture. This covers the vital need for all concerned, at sea and ashore, to understand the relationship between unsafe acts and serious incidents that may result with loss of life. In particular our brochure emphasises the need to change behaviour and to avoid negative attitudes and complacency."The new ICS brochure explains that there are three essential components to developing a safety culture: commitment from the top, measuring performance, and then modifying behaviour. The brochure also stresses the importance of accident and 'near miss' reporting, and the establishment of a 'just culture' approach whereby shipping company personnel are encouraged to provide essential safety related information whenever something might have gone wrong, but without fear of punishment.Peter Hinchliffe added: "Repeated analysis demonstrates that serious accidents in shipping are nearly always due to a failure to follow established procedures. Our ...

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