Two case studies to pinpoint best practices and those actions that can result to unpleasant situations.
Marine navigation is a big challenge, as it requires both knowledge and skills. This is especially true nowadays – in the smart era – but it was also true when the only available navigation was the celestial.
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.
OCIMF published a safety bulletin highlighting the importance of verifying the level of awareness and familiarity vessel personnel have with key learnings, procedures and regulations affected by the Sanchi collision.
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.
After AMSA revealed intentions to shut down its radio beacon differential global positioning system (DGPS) service, it has now noted that this will not impact the accuracy of satellite positioning or safe navigation.
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.
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.
Abandon ship is the top challenging situation a mariner could face in his or her career. The risky task is, not only to launch the lifeboat and complete safe embarkation, but also to safely navigate this lifeboat in the high seas until rescued.
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