IMO and the World Meteorological Organization conducted their first joint Symposium on Extreme Maritime Weather, focusing on the challenging weather conditions and how they affect the shipping industry, where WMO discussed the best practices and enhanced services for safety and risk reduction, emergency response, sustainable shipping practices and greater collection and sharing of ship observations.
hazardous weather at sea
Weather charts, also known as surface pressure or synoptic charts, provide useful information on weather and sea conditions. Safe Skipper’s Simon Jollands recommends to mariners to always study weather charts and estimate how the weather is likely to evolve in the area they plan to sail in.
NOAA focuses on the phenomenon of hurricanes and explains what they are, how they are formed and how they occur, given their effects can lead to serious and fatal disruptions. When wind speeds within such a storm reach 74 mph, it’s classified as a hurricane.
HM Coastguard provides tips and information on how people can deal with ‘wind and waves’ and be safe, given that the previous weekend the UK was expecting ‘high tides and extra large waves’.
Azerbaijan’s state-owned oil company, SOCAR, has evacuated 500 offshore workers in the Caspian Sea, because of the awaited severe weather conditions. Yet, BP continued its operations at its Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli offshore project, despite the weather conditions.
Hurricane Dorian, in line with the forecasts, reached Category 4 designation and is now considered as the strongest storm of the Atlantic hurricane season so far. The Hurricane made landfall near Elbow Cay and then at Marsh Harbour, a yachting destination in the Abaco chain of islands.
The Nautical Institute issued its June edition of The navigator focusing on weather as a critical factor for safe navigation. The weather can make the difference between a prosperous or loss-making voyage, can cause injury to crew and passengers and can even lead to the loss of a ship.
NOAA launched an infographic providing tips and information on safe boating, given that many are the accidents taking place at sea. Safety, despite the measures taken, also comes when one is informed about the weather, according to the National Weather System. Weather can cause many accidents, keeping in mind that many have been the casualties when weather conditions have resulted to injuries and fatalities.
In its latest Shipping and Safety Review, Allianz discussed how the changing weather patterns observed in the last years are disrupting supply chain, resulting in physical damage shipping incidents. The report cited recent examples, such as record low water levels on the Rhine and Elbe rivers and high water in Mississippi.
Weather at sea is a deadly serious and always relevant safety issue. The weather can make the difference between a prosperous or loss-making voyage, can cause injury to crew and passengers and can even lead to the loss of a ship.
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