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Non-compliance with safe working practices leads to fatal fall onboard

JTSB issued an investigation report on a crew member fatal fall onboard the cargo ship ‘Erik’, in September 2018. The investigation stressed that the crew was working in unstable posture on the ladder and that the company was insufficient in monitoring that crew members clearly understood Ladder guidelines. 

HM Coastguard: How to comply with ILO 188 for fishermen

HM Coast Guard presented a check list of compliance, highlighting the main requirements operators need to check in order to comply with ILO 188. ILO’s Work in Fishing Convention ILO 188, which came into force in the UK in December 2018, entitles all fishermen to written terms and conditions of employment.

Non-compliance with procedures leads to fall onboard Shanghai Spirit

ATSB issued an investigation report on a serious injury of two crew onboard the bulk carrier ‘Shanghai Spirit’, northeast of Port Alma. The ATSB found that, contrary to established procedures, the two crew remained on the unsecured scaffold tower in preparation for repositioning, rendering it top-heavy and unstable. 

Watch: North Club launches can test training pack to address liquefaction risk

North P&I Club has launched a new series of bite-sized training packs to help seafarers avoid the contributing factors to workplace casualties. The first training pack focuses on the Can Test, the IMSBC complementary test for bulk cargoes, to address suspected bulk cargo liquefaction, which has claimed lives of an estimated 112 seafarers since 2007. 

Nine non-conformities found at Equinor’s Kristin off Norway

From 7 to 14 June 2018, Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority carried out an audit of Equinor’s operations at Kristin platform. The scope of the audit was on materials handling, use and maintenance of lifting equipment and scaffolding/access techniques, as well as its contractors’ practices.

The round-table: Making ship-board meetings matter

Plan sharing meetings are very important for safety so each person knows what the others are doing and they avoid incompatible tasks, argued Captain VS Parani, noting that meetings should not be cancelled even amid time pressure. On this respect, he shared eight ideas to make meetings more efficient. 

Shell changes North Sea working rotas to 2/3 pattern

Oil major Shell has revealed plans to reverse the working rotas for its offshore operations in the UK North Sea. Starting from May 2019, the company will move to two weeks offshore and three weeks onshore (2/3) rotas, following a campaign by Scotland’s largest offshore union.

Stevedore dies while unloading cargo in Port of Paulsboro

A 26-year-old stevedore died after two steel planks fell on him, while he was working onboard the bulk carrier ‘Virtuous Striker’, docked in the Delaware River, at the Port of Paulsboro, on Sunday morning, the New jersey Police informed. 

MUA concerned about working safety at VICT terminal

Maritime Union of Australia Deputy National Secretary Will Tracey warned that an escalation in hours of work at the site and inadequate manning has led to an unsafe workplace and is calling on Worksafe Victoria to intervene immediately before a worker is killed or seriously injured.

Ports of Auckland docker dies after straddle carrier overturns

A young New Zealand docker died on duty, after his straddle crane overturned at Ports of Auckland in the early morning hours of 27 August. With respect to the tragedy, the International Transport Worker’s Federation reiterated that ports are among the most dangerous workplaces in the world.


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