safe navigation

Crowley Maritime: Taking navigation to the next level

While the voting procedure for the 2019 SAFETY4SEA Awards is open, Captain Bren Wade, Manager, Marine Compliance, Crowley Maritime Corp. explains how leading- edge technology can make a difference in navigation and refers to Crowley’s Navigation Assessment program that offers a computerized simulation environment for which the company has been shortlisted for the Technology Award. Furthermore, Capt. Wade reveals that in the future there are plans to add more functions for a more holistic approach to Navigation Assessments, i.e. to assess an entire bridge team together in the simulator, from the helmsman to the Master.

Methods for improving operational efficiency

During the 2019 SAFETY4SEA London Forum, Dr. Teemu Manderbacka, Senior R&D Engineer, NAPA, talked about the various methods for improving operational efficiency. One way to improve energy efficiency is to optimize, to better plan operations, and – in a cost-efficient way – to reduce GHG emissions, lowering operational costs and possibly even improving revenue and thus the overall global competitive edge.

e-Navigation the key to unlocking smart shipping

e-Navigation is about more than getting vessels from point A to B without paper charts. Børge Hetland, NAVTOR’s CCO, argues it should be the very foundation that a new era of smart shipping is built upon, delivering transformative levels of efficiency, safety and cost control. Here he plans a direct route into the future, today.

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. 

Team-Based Cruise Ship Operations

Captain Hans Hederström, Managing Director at Center for Simulator Maritime Training, CSMART, and John Ritchie, Learning Management System manager at CSMART talk about the bridge organisation. They say that traditionally ships bridges are strong hierarchical organisations, however, this factor has contributed to a number of accidents. For this reason, Captain Hederström and Mr. Ritchie present a different type of bridge organisation.

GPS Outage – A Navigator’s Nightmare

In the latest issue of Signals newsletter by North P&I Club, John Southam, Loss Prevention Executive, shares his views with respect to GPS, citing common problems that impede safe navigation and best practice for navigational officers to maintain good situational awareness.

Safety Management Systems

Sean Hutchings, Chief Technical Officer, Thome Group of Companies, noted during his presentation at the 2017 SAFETY4SEA Conference, that since the introduction of the ISM Code in the mid 90’s, there has been an increase in the number and complexity of procedures in maritime safety management systems. Mr. Hutchings explained how a SMS can be easy to navigate and understandable to serve its purpose.

Why are US Navy ships crashing?

In the past few weeks, a US Navy destroyer collided fatally with a huge commercial vessel. This is a very rare event which actually happened twice in a short period of time during this summer. In view of this, maritime experts presented considerations into the possible misleads that lead to these incidents.

US Navy: Three changes to improve safe navigation

Recent accidents at sea have demonstrated there is considerable room for improvement on the bridges of U.S. Navy warships, according to Lieutenant Commander, Michael Kiser. Apart from the crew’s skills, knowledge and compliance with the “Rules of the Road”, which are highly important for keeping ships safe, Mr Kiser suggests three changes, in order to prevent collisions at sea.

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