For pleasure yachts of less than 13.7 meters in length there are no statutory requirements for safety equipment other than those required under SOLAS V; whatsoever, safety equipment is an important part of boat preparation and it is advisable that all pleasure craft skippers check that their vessel is properly equipped.
The UK MCA announced the launch of a new funding scheme to support purchase of life-saving safety equipment for fishermen. Under the scheme, vessel owners can claim back £200 per item towards the cost of buying PFDs with integrated PLBs for their crew.
In an exclusive interview with SAFETY4SEA at Nor-Shipping, Oslo, Mr. Baba Devani, Managing Director of Marine Operations at SURVITEC, discussed the need for owners and operators to emphasize on quality of safety equipment to ensure true compliance and safety performance. Safety, Mr. Devani argued, is way more than just obtaining a certificate.
The Chinese Ministry launched a maritime rescue center in Yongshu reef of the Nansha Islands on January 29, aiming to enhance the protection of navigation and transport safety in the South China Sea. The rescue centre offers a better support concerning maritime rescue operations in the southern part of the South China Sea.
OCIMF published an information paper on ‘Transfer of Personnel by Crane Between Vessels’, focusing on the use of an onboard crane for personnel transfer, that has risks. This paper addresses those risks and provides guidance that should be used in the risk assessment process to determine the method of transfer, comparing transfers using a crane to transfers using a pilot ladder and transfers using an accommodation ladder.
The US Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, along with the US Coast Guard Research and Development Center, launched the USCG Ready for Rescue Challenge. This is a $255,000 prize competition to come up with boater safety solutions that will help make it easier to find people in the water.
Maritime safety equipment manufacturer VIKING Life-Saving Equipment announced it has acquired the Norwegian boatbuilder Norsafe. The two companies share virtually identical missions, both focusing on people’s safety and leading their respective markets through constant innovation.
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.
The UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency released a Marine Guidance Note about the use of equipment, while undertaking work on commercial Yachts, small Commercial Vessels and loadline Vessels. This Marine Guidance Note’s goal is to provide guidance on the use of “rail and trolley” and similar systems.
DNV GL announced that IMO has introduced new requirements for the maintenance, examination, operational testing, overhaul and repair of lifeboats and rescue boats, relevant for shipyards, suppliers, owners/managers, flag states of all ship types.
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