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Lessons learned: Crew injury while securing a tow

In the latest publication of its ‘Lessons Learned’ series, the UK P&I Club described a serious eye injury of a crew member while securing a tow. The Club noted that three crew members were probably not enough to safely manage an operation of this nature.

MPA Singapore on mooring and unmooring at Tuas Finger One project area

MPA Singapore issued an alert on the mooring and unmooring of vessels that will be carried out one at a time during daylight hours between 0700hrs to 1800hrs.The procedures will take place from April 18 to October 17, 2019. The location of the mooring and unmooring will be at the Tuas View Reclamation Project Area.

Lessons learned: Mixing mooring equipment leads to damage

In its latest Safety Digest, the UK MAIB describes a case of damage due to mixing old mooring equipment with different, more modern, mooring lines. UK MAIB advised that mooring equipment, as a system, requires an assessment of how individual parts interact with each other.

TAIC: Bollards failure caused Seabourn Encore breakaway

TAIC issued an investigation report on the collision of the passenger ship ‘Seabourn Encore’ with the bulk cement carrier at Timaru, on 12 February 2017, after its breakaway from wharf. The Commission found that the mooring failed because the bollards on the wharf failed. 

Strong wind leads to line bollard ripping

In its newly published Safety Digest, UK MAIB focuses on a passenger ferry that was attempting to moor on a berth with a strong groundswell in strong winds when, without warning, one of its mooring line bollards was ripped from the deck. The ferry had to be taken out of service for several days to facilitate repairs to its deck plating and a roller fairlead. Nobody was injured.

Watch: Installing Storm Mooring System to an LNG FSU

Malta has traditionally been dependent on diesel and heavy fuel oil for its power generation. However, these facilities no longer comply with current European environmental legislation and are inefficient and expensive. To address all of these issues, ElectroGas Malta Consortium developed a liquid-natural-gas-to-power project.

OCIMF withdraws six publications

OCIMF (Oil Companies International Marine Forum) informed that it has withdrawn a series of books and information papers, including a guide to the International Oil Pollution Compensation Regimes (2000) and EEDI (2001).

INTERTANKO publishes guide on Mooring System Management Plans and Line Management Plans

Intertanko launched new guidance on Mooring System Management Plans and Line Management Plans. The guidance is developed to assist operators ensure compliance with MEG4 and address the questions in Vessel Inspection Questionnaire. With this guide, Intertanko also aims to help operators manage the relevant equipment and lines from design to retirement.

IMO SDC6 introduces SOLAS amendment for safer mooring

As part of its work to make ships mooring safer, IMO’s Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC 6), which took place on 4-8 February 2019, introduced new requirements for appropriate and safe-to-use designs of mooring arrangements, a maintenance and inspection regime, as well as proper documentation.

OCIMF: Update to dynamic torsion load tests for offshore hoses

OCIMF issued an information paper providing an update to section 3.4.10.3: Dynamic Test – Torsion Load in OCIMF’s Guide to Manufacturing and Purchasing Hoses for Offshore Moorings. The dynamic torsion test in that guide does not take into consideration the large differences in torsional stiffness of hoses from different manufacturers that have different hose constructions.

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