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NTSB: Poor lookout led to collision of fishing vessel with tanker

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued an investigation report on the collision of the fishing vessel ‘Polaris’ with the tanker ‘Tofteviken’ in the Atlantic Ocean in May 2018. NTSB identified a poor lookout as key cause of the accident, in breach of COLREGs. 

Fujitsu, MPA Singapore trial AI ship collision prediction technology

Fujitsu announced the results of a field trial that was conducted with the help of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. This trial analyzed marine traffic risks in the Singapore Strait, with Fujitsu presenting the usefulness of a new ship collision risk prediction technology. This new technology leverages the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in predicting near misses between vessels.

Ship contacts wharf as harbour master, pilot are unaware of fender issues

ATSB published its report on the contact with a wharf by the livestock carrier Angus Express. The vessel contacted Berths 4 and 5, at Broome, Western Australia, on 20 April 2018. The report concluded that the harbour master and pilot were not aware of any height of tide limitations regarding berthing ships alongside Yokohama fenders at these berths.

Watch: How the HiLo model works

This video explains how the HiLo model works. HiLo prioritizes based on risk. The model has analyzed thousands of maritime industry accidents and then calculates the probabilities of leading events, causing undesired events. The resulting calculations create a risk ranking, in order for companies to focus on the areas that really makes a difference.

NTSB: Distractions, fatigue among the main problems for shipping

The US National Transportation Safety Board announced its 2019 – 2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements, during an event held at the National Press Club, on February 4. The list includes 10 improvements, of which two regard shipping as well: eliminate distractions; and reduce fatigue-related accidents.

MOL uses algorithm to improve collision avoidance

MOL announced that MOL Techno-Trade, the National Maritime Research Institute, and Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology carried out an assessment and feasibility study on advanced navigation support systems, using the NMRI-owned ship handling risk simulator.

Collision liability and autonomous ships

As autonomous shipping is gaining more and more ground, it is contended that the present fault-based collision liability regimes of most jurisdictions do not sufficiently cater for the situations that may arise, highlights Lina Wiedenbach, Lawyer at Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein, IUMI Professional Partner.

Ship collision risk increases as China sees more fishery farms

Several marine incidents in China have been reported involving merchant vessels colliding with aquaculture farms, mostly off the coast of Lanshan and Rizhao areas where mussel and oyster cultivation form the bulk of aquaculture industry. Huatai Insurance Agency handled overall 71 fishery farm entry claims in China through 2017. 

Annual fishing ban lifted in South China Sea from 16 August

The current fishing ban in China, issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, will be lifted in South China Sea from 16 August 2018, the UK Club said citing information by Huatai.  Following this, the waters of East China Sea, Yellow Sea and Bohai Sea will see the ban lifted in September.

Japanese partners study automatic collision avoidance

A Japanese research partnership, comprising Japanese shipping company MOL, MOL Techno-Trade, National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology, and Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMSAT), aims at developing an advanced navigation support system. 

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