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USCG alerts on risks posed by small fish

US Coast Guard issued a marine safety bulletin to raise awareness concerning the small fish called “Gulf Menhaden”, which accumulates in ships’ sea strainers and cause loss or reduction in propulsion.

Vessel hygiene to prevent COVID-19 spread

During the COVID-19 pandemic, more than ever maintaining a good housekeeping onboard can help prevent the virus spread. In view of this, the American P&I Club reminds key tips which are important to follow in general for a safe workplace onboard a vessel.

HMM to deploy underwater robots for hull cleaning

South Korean shipping company HMM revealed plans to start deploying underwater robots for hull cleaning on its vessels. This is expected to reduce risks associated with human work underwater, reduce costs, as well as risks linked to hull fouling for the marine ecosystems.

Supervision vital when working aloft

Working aloft is risky and a supervisor should be appointed to act as a lookout for the crew member who perform such tasks, the Gard P&I Club warned. The Club’s claims database for the last 10 years shows that 5% of all falls from heights have resulted in fatalities and is one of the top 5 leading causes for fatalities onboard. 

Unions call ship operators to return lashing to shore-based dock workers

ITF and ETF called upon ship operators to return lashing to shore based dock workers. The demands placed on seafarers by ship operators does not take into account the requirements for hours of rest, the unions argue. The renewed call came after a recent incident involving the container vessel OOCL Rauma.

Wearing the right gloves prevents finger injuries

The Gard P&I Club reported that over a ten year period between 2009-2018, a 25%of all the crew accidents were finger and hand injuries related. Based on the Club’s portofolio, the data presented that ratings are nearly twice as likely to suffer from such injuries in comparison to the officers.

European mission in Strait of Hormuz starts operations

According to the French Misnistry of Armed Forces, the European Maritime Awareness in the Strait of Hormuz (EMASoH) is from now on operational in the Strait of Hormuz. The mission aims to boost and ensure the freedom of navigation in the Arabian-Persian Gulf area.

USCG: Resources for voluntarily establishing a Safety Management System

The US Coast Guard has recently received several inquiries about the use of safety management systems onboard passenger vessels, so it issued a bulletin to inform the maritime community of helpful resources for those vessels choosing to voluntarily establish a safety management system (SMS).

AMSA warns of fatalities caused by moving elevators onboard

During 2018 and 2019, AMSA received notification of two separate accidents that involved crew members being trapped and crushed by a moving elevator. In both instances, the elevator moved while the crew members were working between the elevator casing and the cage, resulting in fatal crush injuries.

Guidance on high moisture content cargo

The Gard recently informed that even if it may be impossible for crew to estimate the particle size of the cargo carried, the crew can watch out for signs of high moisture content with the aim to ensure safety.


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