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How to prevent incidents due to crane failure

Japan P&I Club issues LP Bulletin on cranes operations and reasons for failures The Japan P&I Club has issued Loss Prevention Bulletin on cranes to provide guidance regarding their inspections, maintenance and operation in order to prevent incidents involving damage to a crane.Cargo handling cranes, commonly pedestal mounted jib cranes, are fitted on board most handy-size bulk carriers, most general cargo ships and some other smaller or larger bulk carriers. These cranes appear to be fairly robust units which will continue to work when only a minimum of maintenance is carried out, but, in fact, they are highly complex pieces of machinery which incorporate numerous components manufactured to very fine tolerances, all of which must function correctly throughout a working period for the crane, as a unit, to be operated as the manufacturers intended. The cranes should be properly maintained, and should be inspected at specified intervals to ensure that they operate correctly and safely. Additionally, all other equipment used in association with a crane should, likewise, be properly maintained and should be inspected as appropriate. If the equipment is not in the appropriate good condition, failures are likely to occur during cargo operations.Any failure of any part of the ...

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Paper and Electronic Evidence Following a Marine Casualty

Japan P&I Club Loss Prevention news The Japan P&I Club has published a document with respect to how to handle the preservation of electronic and paper evidence following a marine casualty. The document has been published with regard to safe voyaging.IntroductionAfter a marine casualty, the ship's evidence must be preserved. In particular, the master, chief officer, watch officer and chief engineer must carefully keep all paper and electronic evidence surrounding a navigation casualty.The bridge of a modern vessel as well as the engine room contains numerous written records, as well as electronic information. Emails following a marine accident sent from the ship to the management company as well as messages received from the company, should be carefully maintained, anticipating investigations bya) owners and their solicitors;b) Port State Controlauthorities; andc) flag state authorities.Reports or documents specifically generated in the wake of a collision or other navigation casualty, including statements of the crew, should also be carefully preserved.The Forms of EvidenceEvidence, both paper and electronic, may take many forms:a) Paper evidence - this would include vessel log books, bell books, movement books, navigation charts, course recorder charts, NAVTEX printouts, GPS tapes, weather facsimile, bell logger tapes (bridge and engine room), passage or ...

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