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How to get authorization for service providers for lifeboats, launching appliances and on-load release gear

Panama informs of the requirements to apply for permanent authorization for Service Providers for Lifeboats, Launching Appliances and on-load Release Gear. It also provides the list of authorized services providers. Service providers conducting the thorough examination, operational testing, repair and overhaul of lifeboats, launching appliances and on-load release gear must be authorized accordance to MSC.1/Circ.1277.

USCG: Slight increase in ship detentions in 2018

Following release of its Domestic Vessel Annual Report, the US Coast Guard now issued its annual PSC report for 2018, informing of a slight increase in the number of detentions, with a detention rate of 1.16%, compared to last year’s 0.99%.

USCG: Lifejackets should be tried on in a controlled water environment

During the last boating season, the US Coast Guard received an increased number of reports of incidents from recreational boaters where infant lifejackets did not perform as expected in the water. Investigations revealed no findings of non-conformance or manufacturing defects. 

Cold water reduces survival times, warns Maritime NZ

In view of the upcoming Easter holidays, Maritime New Zealand reiterated the need for boaties to plan ahead and factor in the dangers posed by cold water and air temperatures, noting that survival times are reduced in the cold and boaties need to know the weather conditions before they hit the water.

Abuja MoU presents CIC results on lifesaving appliances

The Maritime Authorities of the Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control for West and Central African region (Abuja MoU) carried out a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on LifeSaving Appliances from 1 September 2018 to 30 November 2018. 611 Port State inspections were carried out and no ship was detained due to the campaign.  

Deck boat collides with bay boat off Louisiana

The US Coast Guard responded to a report of four people in the water after two vessels collided near Baptiste Collette Bayou, Louisiana, on January 16. The boat is now half sunken in Baptiste Collete Bayou outside the channel waiting for salvage. Namely, a 40-foot commercial deck boat with eight people aboard collided with a 24-foot bay boat with four people aboard.

Ocean Ranger: Commemorating North America’s offshore disaster

February 15th marks 37 years from the loss of the semi-submersible mobile offshore drilling unit ‘Ocean Ranger’ off Canada. The platform sank along with its entire 84 crew, claiming the title of one of the worst offshore drilling accidents in North American history. The incident forms another example of how lack of compliance with procedures and inadequate safety culture can have tragic consequences.

Finland: 51 boaters died during boating year 2018

According to the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency, the boating year 2018 continued until late autumn and claimed the lives of 51 boaters. The accidents followed a pattern of a small boat, older man and cottage shore. The renewed Water Transport Act now gives more emphasis on life vests and other floating equipment.

New Zealand: Four recreational boating fatalities so far in 2018

Maritime NZ, New Zealand’s shipping safety agency, released drowning statistics related to recreational boating, noting a significant progress with only four boating fatalities in 2018 compared to previous years. The agency provided simple advice for boaties to help keep that number down.

UK MAIB: Safety lessons learned from fishing vessel sinking

As part of its safety investigation on the sinking of the scallop dredger ‘Solstice’ with one fatality in September 2017, the UK MAIB issued a safety flyer for the fishing industry to share lessons learned from the casualty which raised poor stability concerns for fishing vessels. 


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