Monday, September 20, 2021

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How to avoid costly distractions

Concentration on safe navigation Some years ago, there was a notable incident which occurred when a supply ship Master conning his ship out of harbour in thick fog, was so distracted by two separate telephone calls which he was trying to deal with simultaneously that he failed to pick up a third, rather more vital message from the port VTS, that was telling him he was heading straight for a concrete breakwater. And there was the famous case of the cruise ship collision which occurred when her watchkeeping officer subordinated his lookout duties to complete the garbage form which needed to be ready at the next port of arrival. Another memorable case involving bureaucratic procedures was that of the port arrival checklist on a ferry, the final few items left blank as by then, the ferry had crashed into the quay.There have been a number of strandings which have been contributed to by the inattention of the watchkeeper who was on a mobile telephone at the crucial moment. Communications and brilliant technology can sometimes be a serious distraction to people, who in a less technological age would have been keeping a good visual lookout, with less risk of their attention ...

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Technology can cause costly distractions

Warns the London P&I Club The London P&I Club has warned that improvements in telecommunications technology on board ships can create unwelcome distractions, leading to casualties.In its StopLoss Bulletin, the club notes that an alleged causative factor in a recent pollution incident involved the duty officer attempting to make a Skype call on his laptop during his watch. A VDR playback revealed that the OOW was listening to a news bulletin from his home country which was being streamed through a laptop computer. The officer appears to have missed a radar target and a VHF warning call while listening to the breaking news from home.The club says, "Onboard communication has improved significantly over the last few years, with technological advances enabling crew to use mobile phones and laptops to stay in contact with family and friends ashore. However, the use of such equipment at inappropriate moments may distract crew from the navigation or operation of the ship."Another issue is the risk of being exposed to excessive information and simply being unable to process it all. Bridge equipment is increasingly sophisticated and it can provide the crew with access to extensive information regarding the relative positions of other ships. But, unless ...

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New sanctions against Syria introduced by EU

Alert issued by the London P&I Club The London P&I Club issues alert regarding New sanctions against Syria introduced by EU as follows:Members should be aware that with effect from 3 September 2011, the EU has introduced new sanctions against Syria, by which the carriage of crude oil or petroleum products from or originating from Syria is prohibited.A copy of the relevant Regulation (Council Regulation (EU) no 442/2011) can be found via: the new Regulation, it is prohibited:a) to import crude oil or petroleum products into the European Union if they: (i) originate in Syria; or (ii) have been exported from Syria;b) to purchase crude oil or petroleum products which are located in or which originate in Syria;c) to transport crude oil or petroleum products if they originate in Syria, or are being exported from Syria to any other country;d) to provide, directly or indirectly, financing or financial assistance, including financial derivatives, as well as insurance and re-insurance, related to the prohibitions set out in a), b) and c);e) to participate knowingly and intentionally, in activities whose object or effect is, directly or indirectly, to circumvent the prohibition in point (a), (b), (c) or (d).Members should note that these prohibitions ...

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The London P&I Club issues alert re Passage planning offshore India and the additional premium area

Extention of the Additional Premium Area for War Risks The London P&I Club issues news alert regarding passage planning offshore India and the additional premium area as follows:Members will be aware that, due to the continuing pirate attacks on merchant ships traversing the Gulf of Aden area and the widening geographical range of attacks despite the presence of a number of international navies, the Additional Premium Area for War Risks in the Indian Ocean ("the AP Area") has been extended to up to 12 miles offshore from the Indian Coast.In the light of this extension, James Mackintosh & Co Pvt Ltd, a Mumbai Correspondent, has written to the Association (see attached) highlighting the dangers of trying to avoid the AP Area by navigating the inshore route (i.e. within 12 miles of the Indian coast), especially with regard to passage planning in and around the Mumbai area. As Members will note from the attached advice, their conclusion is that, given all the dangers (including crossing traffic lanes in contravention of accepted practice around Mumbai, navigating around offshore installations, and avoiding shallows), a prudent Master would in their view be within his rights to refuse to navigate the inshore route as it ...

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The London P&I Club issues alert re the Liquefaction Risks – Iron Ore Sinter Feed

Concerning the shipping of a type of iron ore described as The London P&I Club issues news alert regarding liquefaction risks - Iron Ore Sinter Feed as follows:It is recommended that this alert is read in conjunction with the Circulars issued by the Association on 13 December 2010 (India - Safe shipment of Iron Ore Fines from Indian Ports, No 5:421) and 31 January 2011 (Indonesia and the Philippines- Safe Carriage of Nickel Ore Cargoes, No 5:428).This concerns the shipping of a type of iron ore described as "sinter feed". The term sinter feed indicates that the cargo is too fine-grained for direct use in a blast furnace and therefore will undergo a process of agglomeration ("sintering") into larger particles at destination before smelting. Thus, it is descriptive of the use of the product rather than its properties or production method. Some grades of sinter feed are known to be prone to liquefy.The Association has received reports of Brazilian shippers declaring cargoes of sinter feed (or iron ore sinter feed) as Group C under the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code (the IMSBC Code) but without any supporting documentation. The ports involved include Ponta da Madeira, Tubarao, Itaguai and some ...

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