In its latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB analyzes a ferry collision which caught everyone by surprise as the alarm was relatively quiet, and sounded only on the centre console. In this regard, MAIB recommended that a system to warn crew and passengers of a sudden stop should be available.
The Australian passenger vessel ‘Fitzroy Flyer’ suffered an engine room fire and all of its four crew and 37 passengers were evacuated, east-north-east of Cairns, Queensland on 29 March 2019. Fitzroy Flyer was on a return trip to Cairns from Fitzroy Island.
The German passenger/cargo RoRo ‘Saaremaa’ collided with the Bahamas-flagged bulk carrier Curaçao Pearl on 27 March at the German port of Cuxhaven. The passenger vessel was scheduled to leave Germany for Canada shortly after.
Canada has set into force the Compulsory Insurance Scheme for Ships Carrying Passenger. As such, a person who performs the whole or part of a carriage by ship must maintain liability insurance coverage for damages for death or personal injury caused by an incident that occurs in the course of the carriage.
UK MAIB issued a safety bulletin to inform of the dangers posed to freight vehicle drivers who remain in their vehicle cabs while on board Ro-Ro ferries at sea. The publication comes on the aftermath of the shift and toppling over of freight vehicles onboard the P&O Ro-Ro passenger ferry ‘European Causeway’.
The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) issued a safety alert concerning the safe transfer of passengers during tender boat operations. The publication came following a recent injury incident of two passengers during transfer on a tender boat.
Coast Guard has adopted an aggressive posture in order to mitigate illegal passenger charter activities, due to recent back-to-back law enforcement cases that took place in Florida. As smartphone applications make it easier for passengers to locate and hire charter vessels, USCG is making greater efforts in detecting illegal chartering activities and seeks maximum enforcement actions against the vessel owners and operators.
A Japanese fast ferry is said to have been collided with a whale on March 9, off the coast of Sado Island, Japan, resulting to passengers’ injury. Japan Coast Guard and operator Sado Steam Ship believe that the object was a ‘marine animal,’ possibly a whale.
A group of tourists filed a lawsuit against the tour boat operator Lava Ocean Tours Inc., after its vessel ‘Hot Spot’ was hit by a lava bomb during a tour off Hawaii’s Big Island in July 2018, injuring several passengers onboard.
The US Coast Guard terminated the voyage of the 45-foot pleasure craft ‘Sea You Twerk’ with 14 passengers aboard Sunday in Biscayne Bay, Miami, after discovering multiple safety violations. With this respect, USCG reiterated potential fines for illegal charter vessel operations.
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