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Hephaestus grounding linked to inadequate safety policies

Transport Malta’s MSIU issued an investigation report into the grounding of the Togo-registered oil tanker ‘Hephaestus’ in February 2018, after being exposed at anchor for several days in deteriorating weather conditions. The report highlighted lack of visible leadership and commitment towards safety from the company. 

Conducting necessary checks crucial to prevent accidents

The Swedish Club informs about a controllable pitch propeller failure caused heavy contact with lock gate. Namely, a vessel was waiting to proceed through a lock to another berth. The OOW had not checked the CPP as the vessel was alongside for twelve hours. He was also stressed to prepare everything for departure in a short time.

Safety Management: Why audits are important

Audits are conducted periodically either by company representatives (internal) or by third parties (external) with the aim to check SMS deficiencies and non-conformities. As non-conformity is considered an observed situation where objective evidence indicates the nonfulfillment of a specified requirement. Additionally, audits take place in case an organization requires an overview with a view to change its initiatives.

Safety Culture: Easy in theory…

Colin Gillespie, Director of Loss Prevention at North P&I Club, provides an overview of how safety culture is implemented in maritime companies, focusing mostly on the difficulties that organizations have to encounter in order to implement an actual safety culture.

Safety Management: Why Quality is important among shipping organizations

There are numerous of questions arising concerning the term “quality”. Most of these questions are focusing on what quality is in practice and who actually defines the required items that make an organization quality compliant. Generally, quality refers to reliability, efficiency and good performance and seeks to reach all stakeholders’ satisfaction, as this is the major factor that defines the requirements on which the organization will finally focus on.

Safety Management: Measuring Maturity

The term “safety maturity” is used by organizations to assess their performance and their capability to maintain an enhanced safety management status. Safety maturity shows the level at which any organization can manage its actions and manipulate its internal procedures, resulting in a better safety performance promoting what is called: safety culture.

NYK launches ship management platform to reduce burden for crews

Japanese shipping company NYK has developed a new platform for ship management, aiming to reduce burdens for onboard crew, thus helping them to work comfortably and concentrate on ship operations. The data will be shared with five ship-management companies, overseeing about 260 vessels to realize further safety.

Safety Management: Why SMS are important

It has been 20 years since the ISM code became mandatory. Widely known as the ‘International Safety Management Code’, its implementation was a landmark for shipping industry given that for the first time, each shipping organization was obliged to develop an effective safety management.

Lessons learned from US maritime casualties in 2017

The NTSB issued its ‘Safer Seas’ annual report providing an overview of key lessons to be learned from the most major maritime casualties, noting that many of the issues noted in last year’s reports were recurring topics, such as fatigue, poor bridge resource management, and distraction. The 41 marine accidents resulted in loss of life, injuries, and significant property damage.

Learn from the past: MV Rena grounding

This October marked the 7th anniversary from New Zealand’s worst marine environmental disaster: The grounding of the Liberian-flagged container ship ‘Rena’ on the Astrolabe Reef resulted in a 200 tonnes HFO discharge into the water, while it is acclaimed as the second most expensive salvage operation in maritime history.


The sulphur cap is less than a year away and with most vessels choosing compliant fuel, do you expect to see a spike in incidents and accidents related to the switch over?

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