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.
New equipment combined with the latest technologies on vessels have brought to the front the need for familiarization with ship specific arrangements. Operators should understand the importance of effective bridge procedures, in order to support the conduct of safe navigation and efficient ship operations.
The Emergency Escape Breathing Devices are part of the critical safety equipment and are used for escape from a compartment that has a hazardous atmosphere. Their use has become mandatory under the new amendments to SOLAS 74 (Chapter II-2, Reg 16) for all ships to which the safety equipment certificate is required.
Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority has given a notice of order to French Engie to take the necessary measures to ensure that safety equipment on its offshore plants is properly operated, tested and maintained, following the condensate leak on the Gjøa field in June.
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.
The body of the man was found floating at the port of Jakarta, after he fell overboard from a vessel during stevedoring operations. This accident comes in addition to the deaths of two workers within two months and four within the past 15 months at the Hutchison’s terminal, unions say.
When a duty engineer was investigating an engine room leakage, the delivery side plastic hose for one of the dosing pumps suddenly disconnected, causing chemical to spurt out from the hose and into his face and left eye. After undergoing many operations and treatments, the vision in the affected eye remained significantly impaired.
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.
RMI Administrator issued a marine advisory to underline the importance of ensuring awareness of the requirements for completing and submitting RMI ‘Critical Items Checklist’, and ensuring that it accurately reflects the status of the critical items, to avoid unsafe conditions onboard RMI-flagged ships.
There are often no policies, procedures or instructions contained in the safety management system for the use and maintenance of the secondary means of support arrangements and crew have been unable to demonstrate proficiency in the use of these arrangements, AMSA notes.
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