The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 (“COLREGS”), as amended, provides general rules to be followed in order to avoid collisions at sea where good seamanship should complement these rules. There has been a significant number of collisions where misuse of VHF radio equipment and AIS information has been established to be a contributory factor.
Gard Club takes a look at what makes risk assessments less meaningful. As it says, rather than ensuring that crew members performing the job are fully informed and aware of the risks to their health, safety and welfare, we may concern ourselves more about other things such as completing the paper document properly.
RightShip has announced the launch of its new Safety Score, with the vision to put operators at the heart of improving standards across the industry. The new Safety Score responds to industry feedback for more transparent methods and a new approach on safety and risk management in the maritime industry.
In response to the cyber security matters that keep arising, US Coast Guard has released Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 01-20, in which addresses cyber security risks and states its position on cyber risk management controls for maritime facilities regulated under the 33 CFR 105 code of federal regulations.
As smart ships and smart technologies onboard have been increasing and developing, the matter of cyber risk assessment and report has been at the centre of discussions, with the shipping industry highlighting the importance of being cyber resilient.
ABS has launched guidance on sanitizing and decontaminating marine and offshore assets exposed to COVID-19. Along with focusing on measures to mitigate exposure and response measures, the guidance includes a risk management framework for ships with respect to COVID-19.
The Arctic Council’s Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR) Working Group issued a Guideline for Arctic Marine Risk Assessment, after identifying an existing need for a common approach to marine risk assessments in the Arctic region.
UK P&I Club recently published a guide concerning the controls and the key points that the UK Club’s Risk Assessors look for when inspecting a vessel. Specifically, the guide allows ship operators to carry out a similar check on the Threats and Controls, ensuring that the ship has a good risk profile.
Over the last 10 years there has been a general increase in the number of claims which relate to the broad description of navigational incidents. Thus, Mr. Clive Rees, Senior Surveyor, the Standard Club notes that the numbers of the relevant pool claims, named because the costs of those claims exceed the retention levels of the individual P&I clubs, are as follows: – grounding 44, collision 45 and FFO 46.
During 2018 and 2019, AMSA received notification of two separate accidents that involved crew members being trapped and crushed by a moving elevator. In both instances, the elevator moved while the crew members were working between the elevator casing and the cage, resulting in fatal crush injuries.
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