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23 North Sea platforms to receive dangerous gas detection equipment

Dräger Marine & Offshore will provide equipment that detects dangerous gases to 23 platforms across the North Sea, as part of three new contracts, that are worth over $1.3 million (£1,000,000). The deals regard the provision of portable gas detection equipment to three operators over five years, including over 1,700 personal gas monitors to warn personnel of possible dangers.

Failure of throw bag rescue line stresses need for safety standards

The UK MAIB issued an investigation report on the failure of a throw bag rescue line during a capsize drill on a rowing boat in Widnes, UK, in March 2018. The incident reiterated that, as throw bags are not considered safety or lifesaving equipment, there is no requirement to manufacture them to a specific safety or quality standard.

China launches rescue centre in South China Sea

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.

USCG rescues 4 from vessel taking on water

The Miami Beach Coast Guard rescued four seafarers on January 26, from a vessel taking on water about 1 mile east of Cutler Bay. The Coast Guard Station Miami Beach 45-foot Response Boat- Medium boat crew spotted the four marines and immediately went for help.

OCIMF: Recommendations on personnel transfer by crane between vessels

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.

Three rescued from disabled vessel off Fort Pierce

The US Coast Guard rescued two adults and one child from a disabled 21-foot pleasure craft, on Saturday, September 15, 17 miles north of Fort Pierce. The station crew towed the disable pleasure craft to the Fort Pierce Inlet, transferred the boat to a Station Fort Pierce 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boatcrew, who took the vessel to the Stan Blum Boat Ramp.

TT Club: Dealing with container fires

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.

USCG launches competition to enhance boaters safety

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.

VIKING Life-Saving Equipment acquires Norsafe

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.

M/V Phoenix sinking brings safety training in the spotlight

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.

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