loss prevention

Addressing the increasing risk of container ships fires

Sean Dalton, IUMI Cargo Committee Chair and Head of Marine Underwriting NA, Munich Reinsurance America, Inc., and Pascal Dubois, IUMI Loss Prevention Committee Chair and Head of Marine France, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, talk about major fires on cargo ships are turning out to be a rising concern, which often leads to loss of life, damage to the ship and cargo, while it can also have important environmental impact.

Wärtsilä’s 10 rules to ensure safety

Wärtsilä conducted its fifth annual global Safety Day on March 14th, 2019. This year theme was Lifesavers, referring to Wärtsilä’s 10 life-saving rules. This Safety day aimed to enhance life-saving rules and called people to act when they see a case that is inconsistent with the ten rules. The life-saving rules apply to all workers and partners involved with Wärtsilä’s operations or visiting its premises.

USCG: Difference between navigation lights on power driven vessels and on sailing vessels

The US Inspections and Compliance Directorate published the Marine Safety Alert 02-19, ‘Not all navigation lights are created equal,’ to help all mariners understand the difference between navigation lights used on power driven vessels and those used on sailing vessels. The vertical divergence requirements for lights on vessels under sail are larger to accommodate greater heeling.

Interferry examines Philippines to produce safety lessons learned

A four-man team from global trade association Interferry will be in Manila from March 18-22, to conduct the first stage of a project to study significant safety improvements in Philippines ferry operations. The team will also produce a ‘lessons learned’ report to help other developing nations. The FerrySafe project team will be carrying out one-hour meetings with various stakeholders to learn how fatal incidents have been reduced to almost zero in recent years.

USCG addresses rules for safe parasailing

The US Office of Navigation Systems released Marine Safety Information Bulletin 002-19, ‘Parasailing – Navigation Rules and Flight Safety,’ to address operations of vessels pulling parasail wings and to promote the safety of passengers aloft in the vicinity of aircraft. Parasailing is an ‘activity in which an individual is transported or carried aloft by a parachute, sail, or other material attached to a towline which is towed by a vessel.’

North Club launches safety culture organisational assessment tool

North P&I Club announced the launch of a self-assessment tool for owners and operators to assess and improve their safety performance. Developed in conjunction with leading safety consultancy Green-Jakobsen, the SCORA seeks to enable operators to measure their organisational capacity for safety, both onboard and ashore. 

General Lighthouse Authorities of UK and Ireland review ATON services

The Commissioners of Irish Lights informed that the General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland are conducting their regular review of marine aids to navigation services. Every five years, the General Lighthouse Authorities, comprising Irish Lights, Northern Lighthouse Board and Trinity House in the UK, conduct this review to assess AtoN requirements.

IMRF, Nautical Institute to collaborate on improving safety at sea

The MoU commits IMRF and the Nautical Institute to exchange information and technical cooperation in areas of mutual interest, and to improve training standards and guidelines across the shipping industry. In addition, the IMRF and the Nautical Institute will attempt to promote issues regarding the safety of mariners and others at sea.

Safety Culture and Management

While speaking at the last SAFETY4SEA Conference in Athens, Mr. Neale Rodrigues, Divisional Director, Britannia P&I Club, spoke on safety culture and management. He compared the two models of safety, starting with the current Safety-I model which is based on a reactive response, and going on to talk about Safety-II which promotes a proactive response to risk.

How to conduct a ‘Cargo Environmental Control Examination’

Inert gas systems are installed on liquefied gas carriers to meet operational demands like gas freeing, before gassing up, and in some cases, between the switch of cargoes. When performing the examination of the IGS, examiners need to verify the following three items: operational O2 content meter; operational alarm for when oxygen levels exceed 5%; means to prevent backflow of gas.

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