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North P&I Club publishes new bridge guide on how to avoid collisions

The 'A' rated 170 million GT North P&I club has just published a new loss-prevention guide for watchkeepers on how to avoid collisions at sea. Designed specifically for use on ship's bridges, it focuses on what the club considers to be the most important 'rules of the road' in the International Regulations for Prevention Collisions at Sea 1972 (COLREGS).In his foreword to Collisions: How to Avoid Them, the Hon Mr Justice Nigel Teare, Admiralty Judge at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, says, 'Despite all the impressive electronic assistance designed to enable deck officers to avoid collisions, collisions still occur. The answer is, and always has been since radar was first introduced, that the rules of navigation set out in the COLREGS must still be applied by deck officers. 'This short and compact guide therefore has a vital and necessary role. It reminds mariners of the basics of the COLREGS and that they must be kept well in mind and obeyed notwithstanding the profusion of equipment on the modern bridge. That equipment does not avoid collision - it is merely an aid to collision avoidance. What avoids collisions is compliance with the COLREGS,' says Teare.The guide focuses on the ...

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North P&I Club reminds ship owners to keep the seas clean in 2013

Shipowners need to ensure they have the right garbage-disposal procedures and policies in place The 'A' rated 170 million GT North P&I Club has reminded its Members that 2013 is the first full year of operation of new international garbage-disposal rules that greatly limit the dumping of garbage at sea. The reminder comes in the latest issue of the Club's loss prevention newsletter Signals, published on January 16, 2013 .According to North's loss prevention manager Andrew Glen, 'With very few specific exceptions, the new rules reverse the historical presumption that most garbage can be discharged at a suitable distance offshore. Shipowners thus need to ensure they have the right garbage-disposal procedures and policies in place and continue to keep the seas clean throughout 2013 and beyond.'In July 2011 the International Maritime Organization adopted amendments to Annex V of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) in Resolution MEPC.201(62), and issued guidelines for their implementation in Resolutions MEPC.219(63) and MEPC.220(63).Restrictions on the disposal of cargo residues and the discharge of hold wash water containing cargo harmful to the marine environment (HME) have been tightened in the revised regulations. 'Not all shippers will be aware of their obligation ...

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The North P&I Club gives ships officers something safe to talk about

Talking Points' is a new loss prevention initiative to help masters for safety issues at sea The 'A' rated, 170 million GT North P&I Club has launched a new loss prevention initiative to help get ships' masters and officers talking to each other about health and safety issues at sea.Announced in the Club's loss prevention newsletter Signals on 16 October 2012, the 'Talking Points' scheme involves producing a range of topical sheets specifically designed for handing out and discussing at on-board safety briefings.North's head of loss prevention Tony Baker says, 'While drills, training videos, guides and posters all help to deliver safety messages on ships, getting people to actually talk and think proactively about risk is the most effective way to raise awareness. Regular health and safety discussions also facilitate sharing of ideas and concerns and help seafarers to bond.'Elsewhere in today's Signals the Club draws attention to the importance of maintaining social interaction between crew members in the increasingly isolated and automated working environment of modern ships. 'Having a crew that is close-knit and of high morale helps ensure both mental and physical well-being on board, leading to a safer environment for everyone,' says Baker.Talking Points are basically two ...

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