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7 Reasons why shipping is in the news

Sadly, shipping appears in the news mostly when it comes to noisy debate issues and warnings, while casualties and/or major agreements are the topics that attract readers the most, generate clicks and get shared. Which are these topics though and why? In addition to casualties, regulations and cyber-security issues are among the most prevalent.

Update on Passenger Liability Regulation

As of 31st December 2018, compliance with the Passenger Liability Regulation became compulsory for all Class B passenger ships carrying out domestic voyages in all EU and EEA member states. The Passenger Liability Regulation implements the Athens Convention and the 2002 Protocol.

Collisions the most common marine incidents, Japan reports

Japan Transport Safety Board informed that it launched 922 investigations in 2017. The majority of these cases included collisions, while 1,199 vessels were involved in the accidents, most of which were fishing vessels and pleasure boats. Of the 922 investigations launched in 2017, 216 were cases of collision, 182 cases of grounding; 138 cases of fatality/injury; and 104 cases of contact.

EMSA: 20,616 maritime casualties recorded from 2011-2017

EMSA published an infographic, providing an overview of key figures regarding maritime casualties and incidents, recorded for the period 2011-2017. Namely, the figures involve 23,264 vessels, informing about 20,616 casualties. What is more, 603 vessels were lost, with 6,812 people declared as injured. In addition, the overview informs about 683 fatalities, while it mentions that a total of 1070 inspections took place.

NZ fines company $30,000 after passenger injured

Maritime New Zealand informed that Auckland Jet Boat Tours Limited has been fined a total of $25,000 and ordered to pay $5000 in reparation after admitting Illegal and unsafe maritime practices. In addition, Director Julian Frank O’Neil has been convicted and ordered to conduct 275 hours of community work.

Class action lawsuit made against Viking Cruises for Viking Sky

Maritime lawyers at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman informed that they have filed a Class Action lawsuit against Viking Cruises regarding the Viking Sky incident where the cruise ship stranded off the Coast of Norway, raising the need for hundreds of passengers had to be evacuated by helicopter.

Watch: USCG medevacs injured d’Amico Tanker’s seafarer

 A Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced a 28-year-old man who was injured aboard an oil tanker off the coast of San Francisco, Tuesday, May 7. The seafarer suffered a neck injury and was immediately transported in Palo Alto.

Uneven surfaces in machinery spaces lead to injuries

IMCA published a safety flash concerning the accidents that take place in vessel machinery spaces. In the specific safety flash, two crew members were slightly injured. The injury was caused due to uneven surfaces that caused one crew member twisting their foot, and the other one having a medical treatment to the shoulder.

Chief engineer injured after provisions lift falls on his head

IMCA published a safety flash informing on an injury onboard a vessel. Specifically, the injury has to do with the chief engineer of the vessel that was asked to repair a provisions lift that was stuck. Therefore, the lift dropped on his head, resulting to a serious head injury.

Lessons learned: Slinging steel coil injures stevedore

Transport Malta’s Marine Safety Investigation Unit (MSIU) issued an investigation report on a serious injury of a stevedore onboard the Panamanian-flagged general cargo ship ‘NS Tera’ at Laboratory Wharf, Valletta, in April 2018. 

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