According to TT Club, container fires may take place on a weekly basis, with statistics showing that there is a major container cargo fire at sea roughly every 60 days. So, tackling fires and subsequent investigations are complex activities. With increasing container ships size increases, the risk of a fire incident increases too.
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.
The sinking of the 29 meter tour boat M/V Phoenix off Phuket on July 5th which caused the loss of 47 tourist, including 13 children, brought the importance of crew safety training and the provision of adequate safety equipment onboard into the spotlight.
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.
OCIMF released a paper providing guidance on safety critical spare parts for companies to consider when preparing an SMS. The paper notes that the identification of safety critical equipment and the need for safety critical spare parts is a complicated subject and there is no one-size-fits-all solution.
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