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Lessons learned: Collision during ‘starboard-to-starboard’ passing

In its Loss prevention – Navigational claims publication, the Swedish Club describes a collision between two vessels in a narrow channel. In this case, while there was a verbal agreement to pass ‘starboard to starboard’, one of the two vessels did not maintain position on its starboard side of the fairway. 

Japanese partners to study collision avoidance algorithms

Japanese shipping company MOL announced a joint study with three com-patriot partners on collision avoidance algorithms and autonomous collision avoidance. The study, to be named ‘Focus Brain’ is aspiring the development of Artificial Intelligence for autonomous navigation.

Collisions at sea: Why are they still happening?

During the last SAFETY4SEA Singapore Forum, Harry Hirst, Partner & Master Mariner, Ince & Co highlighted that in order to avoid a collision, a vessel must first detect and then observe and plot the approach of the other vessel so as to make a proper appraisal of the situation and risk of collision in order to be able to take timely and positive avoiding action. To allow time for a proper appraisal and effective avoiding action it is important also, that the vessel is proceeding at an appropriate – or safe – speed.

Paper: Collision prevention for ports and terminals

TT Club, ICHCA International and PEMA issued a new paper ‘Collision prevention at ports and terminals’, in a bid to improve safety, reduce injuries and loss of life, equipment damage and minimize costly business disruption at ports and terminals worldwide. 

Slowing down enables better assessment and can avoid collisions

As Gard informs, in a significant number of collisions, the club has found that the majority of mariners do not reduce speed to avoid a collision. However, it notes that in case there is a potential for collision, reducing speed can have many benefits.

Non compliance with COLREGs could lead to collision

In it’s latest issue, CHIRP focuses on two vessels’s crossing situation, while approaching a major port, as one of them didn’t follow the 15th rule of Collision Regulations. With a CPA of less than 0.25nm between the vessels, the report describes the whole procedure that each ship made and the actions taken, in order to avoid an incident.

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.


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