As the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season begins, the US Coast Guard issued safety tips for the public and mariners, urging them to be prepared for the unexpected. The season runs from 1 June to 30 November, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October.
hazardous weather at sea
The Committee on the US Marine Transportation System issued the Maritime Transportation Extreme Weather Task Force report, providing recommendations and identified opportunities for improving industry response and policies in case of extreme weather events and preventing marine casualties from heavy weather.
Mariners are encouraged to ensure boating gear is properly stowed or tied down to avoid causing unnecessary searches by the Coast Guard and other first responders. Life jackets, life rafts and small non-powered vessels are examples of boating equipment often found adrift following severe weather.
The government of Canada announced the temporary mandatory slowdown for vessels in the Gulf of St. Lawrence has been lifted, in order to ensure ships can maintain manoeuverability in winter conditions and “for the safety of those operating in Canadian waters”.
Metro Vancouver often has to deal with a thick fog in this season, which can be proven as one of the most dangerous conditions for marine navigation due to low visibility. The ‘old technology’ of loud foghorns seems still a necessary maritime safety measure in the port, to demonstrate safety is not for granted.
NTSB issued a report, urging the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Weather Service, and the US Coast Guard to take action on tropical cyclone recommendations, in the interest of mariner safety. The recommendations derive primarily from the NTSB’s ongoing investigation into the sinking of cargo vessel El Faro on October 2015.
UK P&I Club issued a report to provide a good understanding of hatch covers operation, as well as industry requirements, in order to help those involved in inspecting the weathertight integrity of hatch covers in making well informed decisions, and assist owners and crew in maintaining their hatch covers and closing appliances, in line with industry standards.
Physicists have found an explanation for rogue waves in the ocean and hope their theory will lead to devices to warn ships and save lives.
CHIRP has received a report regarding working on deck in bad weather
Guidance on how to avoid the many problems associated with heavy weather conditions
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