RMI issued an investigation report on a fatal fall onboard the container ship AL RAWDAH in January 2019. The report stressed issues associated with poor SMS implementation and lack of safety harness.
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ATSB issued a report on a crew fatality in the elevator trunk on the container ship OOCL Kuala Lumpur, in June 2018. While driving the elevator from the cage top, the electro-technical officer became trapped between the moving cage and the bulkhead, and was fatally injured.
In its Monthly Safety Scenario for April, the Swedish Club describes a case of collision after grounding in a busy anchorage area. When changing the arrival time to the pilot station, the Master altered the plans, increasing speed, and took a shortcut through the anchorage.
The Brazilian Maritime Authority – Directorate of Ports and Coasts (DPC) issued a new amendment concerning the units operating in Brazilian waters, which will have to require certificates under the International Safety Management (ISM) Code until December 31, 2020.
The Safety Management System (SMS) of a company plays a crucial role for the safety of the seafarers and the avoidance of any potential accidents; Yet, non-commitment from top management positions lead to seafarers doubting the SMS, often resulting to accidents.
In 2019, USCG marine inspectors detained 41 towing vessels for Code 30 deficiencies, reflecting a vessel’s failure to implement a Towing Vessel Safety Management System or a lack of familiarity with a TSMS. Of those, 32% used the TSMS option and 68% used the Coast Guard option.
The US Coast Guard has recently received several inquiries about the use of safety management systems onboard passenger vessels, so it issued a bulletin to inform the maritime community of helpful resources for those vessels choosing to voluntarily establish a safety management system (SMS).
Transport Malta’s MSIU issued an investigation report on the main engine failure of the oil/chemical tanker ‘MV Guroni’ while underway in January 2019. According to the report, the lubrication oil filter of the main engine had been improperly mounted.
During the 2019 SAFETY4SEA Athens Conference, Mr. John Southam, Loss Prevention Executive at North Club, focused on a new safety approach called Safety Management 2.0. This highlights a current problem in shipping where company’s management systems are mainly based on complex procedures alone often forgetting the human element.
For the best and safest operation of a vessel, it is vital that both parties have a great cooperation, stresses the industry association Container Ship Safety Forum (CSSF) in its first guide which sets the basis for safe container ship operations. As such, when it comes to personnel, either shore-based or seagoing, shipping companies need to have procedures in place to ensure effective recruitment, familiarization, training and development.
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