safety measures

SOLAS 2020 Amendments: An overview

Several amendments of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) agreed in 2016, 2017 and 2018 are entering into force in less than three months, marking reforms to SOLAS and to international codes made mandatory under the SOLAS Convention.

Platform evacuated off Shetland

On Monday, October 21st, the HM Coastguard assisted with the precautionary evacuation of 115 personnel from the Thistle Platform, operated by Enquest PLC, located almost 125 miles North East of Shetland, just over 100 nautical miles north east of Lerwick.

Maritime NZ: Failure to wear lifejacket key risk factor for boaties

Most recreational boaties in New Zealand continue to be highly safety conscious when they go on the water, but 20% still report that they wear a lifejacket either never, not very often or only some of the time, according to figures released by Maritime New Zealand on the occasion of Safer Boating Week. 

Cook Islands, Sao Tome and Principles join fishing vessel safety treaty

The Cook Islands and Sao Tome and Principles are the latest states to join the Cape Town Agreement in efforts to bring mandatory safety measures for fishing vessels of 24 m in length and over. The states support the implementation of safety measures for the fishing sector in efforts to better protect those working in the industry.

2020 Seafarers Awareness Week focuses on seafarers’ safety

Seafarers UK has coordinated and promoted Seafarers Awareness Week annually since 2010, with the aim of raising awareness in challenging issues that the shipping industry has been facing and support seafarers. 2020’s theme for UK Seafarers Awareness will be “Seafarers Safety.”

Predicting wind direction and strength by reading a weather chart

Weather charts, also known as surface pressure or synoptic charts, provide useful information on weather and sea conditions. Safe Skipper’s Simon Jollands recommends to mariners to always study weather charts and estimate how the weather is likely to evolve in the area they plan to sail in.

New Zealand: ‘Prep, check, know message’ for safer recreational boating

New Zealand initiates its annual Safer Boating week, following a fatal winter that led to a number of boating deaths, as until now, 18 people have died in recreational boating accidents, compared to just four in the whole of last year, while 12 of this year’s fatalities have been since the end of March.

UK MCA boards cargo that departed Sweden without permission

Scandinavian Coast Guard asked the UK MCA to board the Rix Emerald following allegations that the vessel departed Sweden without permission, and disappeared when the Swedish Transport Agency tried to detain the vessel, as the Courier reports.

6 ways to mitigate external security threats

Currently, all eyes are on cyber security; but let’s not forget that physical security of one organization is equally important. Nevertheless, each organization needs to have proper safeguards in place to prevent a real threat and protect its employs and assets. Physical security refers to all actions taken in order to protect important data, confidential information, networks, software, equipment, facilities, company’s assets, and personnel.

US DOI publishes new safety policy on renewable projects on OCS

The US Department of Interior launched a new policy according to which it will act as the primary authority on workplace safety for renewable energy projects on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The new policy highlights the importance of advancing the renewable energy program on the Outer Continental Shelf.

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