The US Coast Guard has started an investigation on the death of Coast Guard member assigned to the Cutter ‘Douglas Munro’, who was found unresponsive and later declared deceased Sunday morning in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.
Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority completed the investigation of the movement-compensated walkway incident on the Tambar field in July 2018, revealing several breaches of safety regulations. The Authority noted that Tambar is the only facility in operation in Norway, where an attempt has been made to land a walkway from a ship.
The UK MAIB (Marine Accident Investigation Branch) has launched an investigation into a near-miss incident involving a nuclear-powered Royal Navy submarine and a Stena Line-owned ferry in the Irish Sea, in November.
The PSA Norway has concluded its investigation of the LNG leak in Equinor’s Hammerfest LNG plant at Melkøya on 17 June 2018. Several breaches of the regulations have been identified. PSA identified two non-conformities, as well as three improvement points. Equinor has until 24 January 2019 to explain how the non-conformities will be dealt.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has revoked the Australian Certificate for the Carriage of Livestock (ACCL) of the Panamanian-flagged livestock carrier ‘Jawan’, as ‘the vessel’s approved stability data cannot be relied upon when the vessel is loaded’.
The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council announced its strong endorsement for a full investigation into the circumstances which led to 4,327 cows being unloaded from the livestock carrier Jawan at Portland earlier this week. AMSA confirmed on Tuesday the vessel would not be cleared to sail with livestock on board.
On Friday afternoon, the US Coast Guard was notified of a ferry allision with pier at the San Francisco Ferry Building, involving the ferry ‘San Francisco’, reportedly carrying a total of 53 passengers onboard at the time.There were reports of two minor injuries that did not require treatment beyond first aid and no reports of pollution.
On October, INTERPOL conducted a world-wide law enforcement operation aimed at investigating maritime pollution found 500 offences, including illegal discharges of oil and garbage from ships, violations of ship emissions rules, as well as river pollution and runoffs from land to sea. The international effort led to more than 5200 inspections resulted in at least 185 investigations, with arrests and prosecutions anticipated.
Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has launched an investigation into a fire which broke out on the West Phoenix drilling unit on Monday, November 5, 2018. The PSA reported that that the incident had occurred in the mud laboratory on the rig. The fire was extinguished and no injuries to the personnel have been reported as a result of the blaze.
In INTERCARGO’s Annual General Meeting on 1-2 October, the Association’s Chairman, John Platsidakis, underlined the challenge with respect to international regulators’ lack of understanding of how dry bulk ships operate worldwide on tramp trades.
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