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Key safety questions to consider with respect to ECDIS

As installation schedule ends in July 2018, more vessels are embracing ECDIS as the primary means of navigation. The primary function of ECDIS is to enhance the safety of navigation, but experience is showing that installation and approval alone are not enough to achieve this goal.

Safety guidelines when at Chittagong Outer Anchorage

In its latest ‘Stop Loss’ publication, the London P&I Club warns of a considerable increase in the number of ships calling at the Chittagong Outer Anchorage in Bangladesh, which has also contributed to a rise of incidents. Historically, no P&I year in recent memory is free of incident in this location, the Club notes.

Reducing the risk of engine failure

The London P&I Club, in a joint project with Bureau Veritas and TMC Marine, issued a new booklet providing operational guidance for preventing blackout and main engine failures. The report focuses on marine engineering issues and procedures related to the prevention of loss of propulsion.

How to reduce the risk of liquefaction onboard

The London P&I Club has released a joint publication, in cooperation with TMC Marine and Bureau Veritas, to provide operational guidance for vessels that carry cargoes which may liquefy. The Club notes that, although significant progress on the issue has been made so far, the liquefaction phenomenon continues to be as relevant today in 2017.

Sand loading at Vietnamese Ports: What to be aware of

Illegal dredging of sand within Vietnamese territorial waters reportedly contributes to river bank erosion and inhibits local residents ability to produce quality aqua-cultural products. Thus, the London P&I Club has issued advisory to warn shipowners that, when contracted to load sand from Vietnam, they must ensure that they have the appropriate export license issued by the Vietnamese Authorities.

Why warranty surveyors are essential for deck cargo loads

In the past year many deck cargoes were shifted in heavy weather. Invariably, after further investigation, it has been discovered that the stowage and securing of these cargoes did not comply with the ship’s Cargo Securing Manual or the practices laid down within the Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing or other applicable codes of safe practice, Paul Walton, a director with international marine consultant LOC, writes in an article in the London P&I Club’s latest StopLoss Bulletin.

London Club identifies failures in mooring stations

The London P&I Club continues to note the regularity with which Club-appointed inspectors record negative findings in and around the ship’s mooring station. In its latest StopLoss issue, the Club identifies that the most common finding include lack of anti-skid deck paint in key areas; lack of hazard marking of protruding objects and platforms and low awareness of the dangers of snap-back zones

Permits to work: a seafarer’s friend

The London P&I Club has launched new LP Focus issue to address all issues related to permits to work as frequently, fatalities or serious injury to seafarers – or environmental, ship or cargo incidents – are caused by failing to use the Permit to Work system, or the requirements have been ignored.
ignored or misunderstood when the permit has been
issued.

Causes and prevention of container losses

Much recent industry focus has been given to the risks posed by ever bigger container ships carrying an increasingly large number of boxes. The London P&I Club has launched new LP Focus issue to address all issues related to container losses.

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