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Lessons learned after passenger ship hits uncharted rock

While the master focused on recovering the boats, L Austral inadvertently entered a 300-metre unauthorised zone, which was not permitted to enter and struck an uncharted rock. The hull was pierced and an empty void space was flooded. The Transport Accident Investigation Commission issued an investigation report.

Guidelines for SAR plans onboard passenger ships

According to SOLAS, a passenger ship must have a plan on board for cooperation with the appropriate SAR services in event of an emergency. Rreview, updating, and auditing of the SAR cooperation plan should be conducted as part of the safety management system required by the ISM Code.

CalMac Ferries: Passenger safety video

CalMac Ferries issued a short film, structured on the base of everyday life, providing safety instructions and information on an unlikely event of an emergency onboard. The three-minute film uses allegory and imagery of the scenery, occupations and wildlife across the west coast to bring its safety message to life.

USCG issues two new cyber security framework profiles

The USCG Office of Port and Facility Compliance recently announced the release of new cybersecurity framework profiles for the Offshore Operations and Passenger Vessel industries, providing a pathway for these industries to implement the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework.

Norsafe expands services

Norwegian life-saving systems manufacturer Norsafe announced it has recently developed a modern, Partially Enclosed Lifeboat providing a secure and protected means of escape for persons on-board passenger vessels.

Tallink reports record passenger numbers in 2017

The total number of passengers transported by the Tallink Group in 2017 increased to 9,755,720, compared to 9,457,522 in 2016 and the total number of cargo units transported in 2017 has increased to 364, 296 units, compared to 328,190 in 2016.

Cruise industry steadily on the rise towards 2018

CLIA released the 2018 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook, offering an in-depth look at the cruise industry’s overall global economic impact, as well as the trends affecting cruise travel in 2018. Current data shows cruise travel is steadily on the rise with a projected 27.2 million passengers expected to set sail in 2018.

USCG: How to avoid illegal passenger vessel operations

Credentialed mariners who work for multiple vessel owners/operators should be aware that if they accept employment from an illegal operation, they risk not only passenger safety, but their own credential, livelihood, and reputation, USCG notes.

29 injured after fire on Algerian passenger ferry

29 people were injured and at least 20 cars were damaged, during a fire that broke out on the passenger ferry ‘Tariq-Ibn-Ziyad’, which had started its route from Marseille and was heading to Algeria.


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