safety culture

Lessons Learned: Passengers should be seated to avoid accidents

CHIRP published its Maritime Feedback 54 focusing on a report detailing an incident where a wilful failure to fully comply with a safety briefing led to an injury to a passenger. The report focuses on the importance of keeping the passengers of a boat safe and the consequences when the passengers don’t fully comply with the safety rules.

Proactive port authority prevents possible deficiencies

CHIRP issued its 54th Maritime Feedback outlining an incident concerning a combination of ladder deficiency and the follow up which involved both the port authority and the regulatory authority, Port State Control. This report demonstrates that when a vessel turns up ill equipped, this regulator is prepared to take immediate action.

US Navy focused on creating better training simulators

Building better training simulators for sailors on surface ships is a key initiative that the US Navy is carrying out. This comes as the Navy implements recommendations following the deadly USS John S. McCain and USS Fitzgerald collisions, according to Adm. William Moran, vice chief of naval operations. Mr. Moran also stated his disappointment about the simulators that were used by the surface force, in comparison to what he was used to as a naval aviator.

ABS, CINS to develop best practices for carriage of dangerous goods

ABS is cooperating with CINS members over the past six months to develop best stowage strategy guidelines. After a three-month trial, the best practice guidelines will be published. The collaboration gathers key industry stakeholders to examine the challenges and risks container ship owners and operators face when stowing dangerous goods.

Marijuana use incompatible with sea service despite legalization

Despite the fact that marijuana has become at least partially legal in 35 US states, the US Coast Guard says that dangerous drug use disrupts or destroys the careers of hundreds of professional mariners. This threatens safety throughout the maritime transportation system at the same time. Mariners must avoid using marijuana or any products derived from marijuana that may contain THC, such as CBD oil, USCG highlighted.

Are you covered for SOLAS and Stowaways?

The Strike Club issued a bulletin focusing on the possibilities and challenges a vessel could face when its voyage is disrupted and delayed. The bulletin presents some basic Q&As the marine stakeholders could be interested in when their ship is out of its voyage, and examples of vessel’s disruption and the costs following. 

ABS: Technology and safety drive energy leadership

Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO, discussed the importance of the US to keep on shaping the future of global maritime energy, safety and sustainability. He highlighted that IMO’s challenges for 2030 and 2050 are pushing the industry to new solutions around fuel and operations that are not only environmentally responsible, but also commercially viable, technically feasible and safe.

Seafarers’ access to maritime facilities final rule published

US Coast Guard published the Seafarers’ Access to Maritime Facilities Final Rule in the Federal Register on April 1, 2019, informing owners and operators of Maritime Transportation Security Act-regulated facilities that they are required to provide seafarers, holding valid US visas and other covered individuals, with the ability to transit through the facility in a timely manner and at no cost to the individuals.

New ABS Group tool addresses cultural factors

ABS Group launched Cultural Cause Analysis (CCA), a next-gen root cause analysis methodology and risk management tool which maps process safety incidents aiming to eliminate cultural hazards. It could be used as a way better understand the culture disease pathology that may be affecting a company and how best to return to good process safety health.

Ensuring containers safety on board container ships

Uwe-Peter Schieder, Loss Prevention Manager at GDV (German Insurance Association – Gesamtverband der Deutschen Versicherungswirtschaft) and Vice-Chair of IUMI’s Loss Prevention Committee, provides his comment on securing containers on deck of a container ship. Technical aids for detecting resonance in a timely manner are being developed, but a decisive breakthrough has not been reached as of yet.

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