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Avoiding collisions at sea: Risks arising from the use of VHF, AIS

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.

Watchkeeping vital while drifting

The Bahamas Maritime Authority issued a Safety Alert to highlight the need for effective watchkeeping and the application of good seamanship whilst drifting. The warning comes in light of an ongoing investigation into a cruise ship collision with another sailing vessel while adrift. 

OCIMF: Guidance for inspectors on COVID-19

OCIMF issued an update to its COVID-19 bulletin, which gives guidance on Ship Inspection Report Exchange (SIRE) / Barge Inspection Exchange (BIRE)/ Offshore Vessel Inspection Database (OVID) inspections. The information was shared by BIMCO. 

Importance of navigational risk reviews

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.

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