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ATSB investigation: Crew fatally injured during elevator repairs

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. 

Lessons learned: Grounding and collision in busy anchorage

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.

Top management should be committed to SMS to ensure success

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.

USCG: How to successfully implement TSMS

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.

USCG: Resources for voluntarily establishing a Safety Management System

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).

Safety Management 2.0: A Sea Change in Approach

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.

Key procedures for maintaining personnel ashore and onboard

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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