IMCA Safety Flashes summarise key safety matters and incidents. In this case, IMCA focuses on inappropriate use of pneumatic line thrower for mooring line.
UK Maritime Coastguard Agency issued a marine circular to provide assistance on mooring and unmooring operations, and when it is permissible for vessels to self-moor.
Keeping in mind that mooring remains a challenging operation, many have been the shipping stakeholders launching safe mooring technologies and projects to protect seafarers, with the latest company supplying automated vacuum mooring systems for ports in Australia and New Zealand.
In light of a fatal mooring line accident back in June 2018, Dutch accident investigators urge for a radical ‘turnaround in thinking’, in order to reduce the risks assosiated with mooring lines.
The NTSB issued an investigation report on the contact of barge YD 71 with a pier in Virginia, in November 2019, after breaking loose from its mooring. The report identified a shackle pin in the mooring arrangement working itself free in heavy weather led to the barge’s uncontrolled drift.
Cavotec launched a mooring solution technology which halves fuel consumption and increases port productivity by reducing docking times.
Port Authority of Santos, Brazil issued new regulations concerning the berthing and mooring of the vessels, which are valid from 26th of August 2020.
As it has already been stated, lashing is a challenging operation that can lead to a fatality; Maersk is to commence the implementation of an innovation that will make the lashing operations easier.
United States Customs & Border Protection reported that the Customs Trade Partnerships Against Terrorism (CTPAT) Portal’s new security profile for Sea Carries which came on line June 1, 2020, does not fully reflect the associated minimum security criteria (MSC).
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