loss prevention

Lessons Learned: CO2 systems should be always maintained

UK MAIB, in its latest Safety Digest, discusses a CO2 gas release from the engine room’s fixed fire extinguishing system of a roro passenger ferry, highlighting that amongst the possible factors that caused the release was the fact that the service supplier overhauled the cylinder valves, instead of returning them back to the manufacturer and acquire new ones.

Human element is key for prevention of collisions and contact claims

The Swedish Club has launched a new edition of Navigational Claims, aiming to provide an insight into the causes of incidents such as containers tumbling into the sea and environmental damage, further offering comprehensive loss prevention advice in order to avoid them.

New guidelines for developing a Polar Water Operational Manual

Maritime trade between Arctic destinations and the rest of the world is expected to grow and an increasing number of ships are now conducting voyages in polar waters. For this reason, new joint guidelines from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) aim to support shipping companies by providing advice on how to develop a Polar Water Operational Manual (PWOM).

CO2 systems risk awareness crucial to prevent accidents

As the North P&I Club highlights, a recent incident that caused the deaths of ten people on board a vessel, has pinpointed the dangers of not fully understanding the operation of fixed CO2 systems. To prevent similar incidents, North suggests that it is critical for all persons involved to be aware of the risks.

The hidden risks of biological corrosion

The IVR Association issued an informing paper explaining the hidden risks of biological corrosion and providing additional information on how to avoid bacteria that damage ship bilges; The technical leaflet “Biological Corrosion” is focusing on a number of cases where the issue of leaking engine rooms seems to be more and more common these days. 

Do’s and Dont’s to ensure zero accidents onboard

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.

Safe working on CO2 systems

David Patterson, Loss Prevention Executive, North P&I Club discusses of a recent incident that resulted with the loss of ten people onboard a vessel, highlighting what the dangers are when not fully-understanding the operation of fixed CO2 systems.

Dealing with cargo hold lights’ fire

In its report on dealing with cargo fires, the Swedish Club has focused on cargo fires and explosion that can be caused by cargo hold lights presenting a case study of a bulker that caught fire after its cargo floodlights were not connected according to the approved ‘as built’ circuit diagrams.

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