December 12th marks 19 years since one of the most notorious marine oil spills ever reported in European waters. On 12 December 1999, the Erika, a 25 year-old single-hull oil tanker, broke in two off France, polluting almost 400 km of French coastline and causing unprecedented damage to marine environment, claiming the title of one of the most major environmental disasters of recent years.
The fundamental principal in Bridge Resource Management (BRM) is that vessel navigation and operation is not one-man show. BRM makes use of all available resources onboard (equipment, information, human resource) to ensure the safe completion of vessel’s voyage. Likewise in all operating systems, the navigation and handling of vessel should be protected by a single point of failure.
Reviewing the guidance, there are two issues that may require more clarification for the operators: The first issue refers to the maximum breaking load that a line should have in order to be purchased. The second issue refers to the retirement of a line (or supportive equipment as tails)
The 13rd of November marks 16 years after the Greek-owned and Bahamas-operated tanker ‘Prestige’ encountered heavy weather during a routine voyage and eventually sank off the coast of Spain, causing the worst environmental disaster in the country and one of the greatest oil spills in Europe.
This October marked the 7th anniversary from New Zealand’s worst marine environmental disaster: The grounding of the Liberian-flagged container ship ‘Rena’ on the Astrolabe Reef resulted in a 200 tonnes HFO discharge into the water, while it is acclaimed as the second most expensive salvage operation in maritime history.
On this day 20 years ago, on July 23 1998, a destructive fire took place on board the car carrier “Eurasian Dream”. The fire spread quickly, and despite the efforts from the crewmembers and fire-fighters, the vessel and a large amount of its cargo became a total loss.
21st of June marks ten years after the deadly capsizing of the ferry ‘Princess of the Stars’ off Romblon, at the height of Typhoon Fengshen. Resulting from a fatal combination of heavy weather and human error and causing over 800 fatalities, the accident is considered as a significant part of Philippines heavy legacy of maritime disasters.
Ship navigation in polar seas takes additional knowledge beyond that needed in less challenging navigation environments. It requires long experience working on specialized vessels in ice conditions, which goes with special training.
April 20th marks the 8th year since the greatest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry: The Deepwater Horizon explosion is an industrial disaster that began on 20 April 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in 11 deaths, 17 injuries and a discharge of about 4.9 million barrels of oil into the sea, leaving a heavy legacy in the safety history of oil and gas industry.
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