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Fishing for safety video: Why SMS is important in fishery

AMSA released ‘Fishing for Safety: Creating a Safety Management System’, a 16-minute video showing easy to understand steps, real-world stories and experiences of why an effective safety management system (SMS) is essential when working in the fishing industry.

Safety challenges for the human factor in the maritime industry

During the 2019 Hellenic American Maritime Forum in Athens, Mrs. Panagiota Chrysanthi, DDPA/EMR, Andriaki Shipping Co. Ltd, provided her opinion on safety challenges in the shipping industry, and the crucial role that human factor plays. As noted, from 2012-2016, 75% accidents were due to human error. She also added that the industry has not done enough to prevent human errors.

10 Reasons why drill performance is substandard onboard ships

Drill Performance onboard ships is the most vital element of a successful emergency response. Drills are required either by legislation or as part of the Company SMS and the time and energy spent across the industry to comply with legislation and ensure a proper response when necessary is huge.

Safety Management: How to define and measure KPIs effectively

Key Performance Indicators, or KPIs, are measurable indexes that demonstrate how effectively each organization is achieving its key business objectives. At the same time, they provide a clear picture of organization’s performance and detect any inadequacies/ failures, showing the pathway for essential improvements in future.

Lessons learned: Fatal fall of crew from tween deck onto cargo hold

The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a shipping information note to draw operators’ attention on lessons learned from a recent fatality onboard. When a Hong Kong registered general cargo ship was sailing at sea, the bosun of the vessel fell from tween deck onto the cargo hold bottom resulting in his death. 

Safety Management: How post-incident reviews can be a useful tool

When at sea, numerous of safety events often make their appearance either due to wrong decisions or bad manipulations. In essence, post-incident reviews or in other words, incident investigations, may be used as lessons learned to highlight what went wrong and what should have been done to prevent same failures in future.

Padre bulk carrier detention: Crew not scared to speak about their safety

In January 2008, three crew members of the Liberian-flagged bulk carrier ‘Padre’ told a local seafarer’s charity that they feared for their safety onboard. Thorough inspection shortly after identified key safety issues and the ship was detained immediately, while ISM certification was withdrawn.

Improper safety management attributed to fatal motorboat sinking

DMAIB has issued an investigation report on the sinking of the small German motorboat RIGI, in Faxe Bay, Denmark, about 1 nm from shore. The investigation showed that the choice of boat, its equipment, its operation, and its manning influenced the events on the day of the accident. 

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