maintenance

Quality and proper maintenance vital for safety equipment onboard

In an exclusive interview with SAFETY4SEA at Nor-Shipping, Oslo, Mr. Baba Devani, Managing Director of Marine Operations at SURVITEC, discussed the need for owners and operators to emphasize on quality of safety equipment to ensure true compliance and safety performance. Safety, Mr. Devani argued, is way more than just obtaining a certificate.

Poor maintenance led to barge breakaway in Ohio River

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued an investigation report on a barge breakaway incident in the Ohio River which caused an estimated $12.5 million damage and an unknown release of coal and cement into the water. 

Japan Club’s surveys find improper implementation of maintenance plan

The Japan P&I Club published the results on the condition surveys that were carried out during the 2018 policy year. The aim of the survey is to maintain the standard of vessel’s management and seaworthiness above a certain level. For 2019, the Club informed that the most common defects are related to: Hatch covers; Engine room machinery; and Oil spill prevention.

Inadequate maintenance leads towing vessel to sink

The NTSB issued an investigation report on the flooding and sinking of the towing vessel ‘Nancy C’ on Lower Mississippi River, near Dyersville, Tennessee, in March 2018. The investigation identified poor maintenance as key cause of the incident. 

AMSA: Fatigue a key factor behind improper maintenance

Analysis of AMSA’s Port State Control data indicated that there were 896 maintenance-related deficiencies issued in 2017 and 708 in 2018. This amount represents 13% of the overall deficiencies during 2017-18. A recent study which included 1026 seafarers, identified that over 20% of seafarers reported working more than 69 hours per week with unpredictable working hours.

Watch: Investing in green transportation in British Columbia

The short animation film, published by Canada’s British Columbia government, presents the strong advantages of the transportation sector in Canada’s westernmost province. The video also informs of the significant investment opportunities, including marine manufacturing and maintenance.

Common issues encountered when installing a BWMS

Selection and installation of a proper BWMS is a complex procedure. Jad Mouawad, CEO at Mouawad Consulting, provided a summary of his experience as the company has finalised installation and commissioning surveys of over 100 BWMS. The three key areas of focus, he stressed, are the installation, equipment and operation & maintenance. 

NTSB releases official report on Island Lady fire off Florida

The NTSB issued the official investigation report on the fire onboard the small passenger vessel ‘Island Lady’ on the Pithlachascotee River, near Port Richey, Florida, on 14 January 2018. NTSB held a public meeting in mid-December where it identified insufficient preventative maintenance program and lack of guidance for responding to engine high-temperature conditions as key causes of the accident.

Serious eye injury during maintenance of fresh water steriliser

In UK Club’s latest ‘Lessons Learned’ article, Captain David Nichol describes a case of a serious eye injury of an engineer while conducting maintenance of fresh water steriliser. The analysis identified that the injured man had not been wearing any face protection, while a proper risk assessment had not been conducted. 

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