As the shipping industry is striving to improve safety, major representatives from the sector agreed to the industry’s Golden Safety Rules, along with other ideas as well regarding how these measures can be applied. This is part of the ‘Together in Safety’ initiative, which aims to achieve a zero-incident industry, and the agreement took place during the Global Maritime Forum 2019 in Singapore.
While poor watchkeeping, over reliance on GPS, fatigue, commercial pressure and distractions remain as major causes of shipping accidents, new technology inevitably leads to new ways to have accidents, argues David Patraiko, Director of Projects, The Nautical Institute, in the new issue of ‘The Navigator’.
Cargo ships carrying liquid cargo is a special category type of ships in respect of firefighting because on board such ships there is a dangerous combination between cargo’s specific features and equipment to support all aspects of vessel’s requirements.
Engine room fires are often very challenging to deal with, due to the construction of the room and a plentiful supply of the fire triangle elements: heat, fuel and oxygen. A major engine room fire can have destructive consequences and, in the aftermath, it’s unlikely for a ship to continue under her own power.
St.Vincent and the Grenadines Maritime Administration informs that from January 1, 2020, the examination, operational testing, repair and overhaul of the lifeboats has to be in line with SOLAS regulation III/20 by service providers authorized in accordance with section 7 of MSC.402(96).
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority issued its maritime safety awareness issue 10 focusing on safety access onboard a vessel, as unsafe gangways or accommodation ladders needs the proper safety measures to avoid any accident.
In this article, Capt Charis Kanellopoulos shares his thoughts on safety. As he says safety can be use several time during our everyday lives, however it can present a variety on how the word it is interpreted. Without doubt, safety starts from us and ends back with us, consequently we become recipients of our own actions whether these are effective or ineffective.
The UK’s Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) published a video advising what one can do and can act to float on water and not drown. Following its ‘Respect the water’ campaign, falling into cold water shocks the body.
During the 2019 Hellenic American Maritime Forum in Athens, Mrs. Panagiota Chrysanthi, DDPA/EMR, Andriaki Shipping Co. Ltd, provided her opinion on safety challenges in the shipping industry, and the crucial role that human factor plays. As noted, from 2012-2016, 75% accidents were due to human error. She also added that the industry has not done enough to prevent human errors.
The second report from the MarTID survey initiative to analyze global maritime training practices, investment and thought is now available. The surveys draw on insights from shipowners and operators, maritime education and training institutions and seafarers.
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