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50% of seafarers frustrated with bridge alarms, survey finds

A recent shift to automation and new technologies makes imminent the need of additional skills for seafarers to adequately respond to new requirements. In 2017-2018, the Shipowners Club ran a survey to investigate whether alarms on the bridge affected the attention and focus of bridge watchkeepers.

Problems of transporting nickel ore cargoes

As the American Club says, Pandiman Philippines Inc., the Club’s correspondents in Manila, provided the following reminder regarding the hazards associated with the carriage of nickel ore, as the seasonal export of this dangerous cargo from the Philippines gets underway.

USCG completes install of Mariner Radio Activated Sound Signal

The US Coast Guard announced that it completed the installations of Mariner Radio Activated Sound Signal (MRASS) devices at 82 lighthouses across the Northeast. The purpose of updating the technology was to have a more reliable and efficient radio-controlled system.

Preventing subsea cables claims against fishing vessels

The Shipowners Club said it has encountered eight damage to property claims allegedly caused by the snagging of fishing gear on subsea cables over the last two years. The quantum of such claims is invariably high, sometimes reaching into millions of dollars. 

Don’t be misled by the apparent accuracy of electronic navigation aids

Although modern satellite systems have reached a landmark for maritime navigation and navigators vastly rely on ECDIS data, safe navigation requires also from mariners to take into consideration the accuracy and reliability of the source hydrographic data, Capt. Yves Vandenborn, Director of Loss Prevention at Standard P&I Club, highlighted. 

Shipowners Club: Key tips for fishing vessel safety

On the occasion of the Maritime Safety Week, the Shipowners Club issued its fishing vessel safety booklet, summarizing key safety tips for one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. There have been many studies carried out over the years showing that fatalities on fishing vessels remain a real threat. 

Preventing Fixed and Floating Object incidents whilst under pilotage

While the number of Fixed and Floating Object claims has remained stable, the number of high value claims has risen alarmingly in the last two years, West P&I Club informed. The Club has seen a succession of extremely costly FFO claims occurring whilst vessels are in harbours or rivers and proceeding under pilotage. 

Key safety questions to consider with respect to ECDIS

As installation schedule ends in July 2018, more vessels are embracing ECDIS as the primary means of navigation. The primary function of ECDIS is to enhance the safety of navigation, but experience is showing that installation and approval alone are not enough to achieve this goal.

USCG removes aids to navigation off Virginia

The US Coast Guard is overseeing the removal of 56 aids to navigation in the Virginia Inside Passage on Virginia’s Eastern Shore from June to August. Dayboards in waterways from Gargathy Inlet to north of Great Machipongo Inlet are being removed, after shoaling in these areas created a hazard to navigation.

Ten tips for effective use of VTS communications

In the latest issue of ‘The Navigator’ magazine, The Nautical Institute explores multiple aspects of VTS communications. Vessel Traffic Services is an essential service provided by a shore authority to help manage ship traffic and to improve safety and security, particularly in congested areas.

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