safety measures

Collisions at sea: Why are they still happening?

During the last SAFETY4SEA Singapore Forum, Harry Hirst, Partner & Master Mariner, Ince & Co highlighted that in order to avoid a collision, a vessel must first detect and then observe and plot the approach of the other vessel so as to make a proper appraisal of the situation and risk of collision in order to be able to take timely and positive avoiding action. To allow time for a proper appraisal and effective avoiding action it is important also, that the vessel is proceeding at an appropriate – or safe – speed.

Port Botany shuts down due to fires and smokes

Fires have been affecting Sydney, filling the city with smoke recently, the Port Botany is now expected to close again on December 10 for a second time within a week, as temperatures are expected to reach up to 40°C. On Thursday, December 5, 50 uncontrolled fires merged north of Sydney into a ‘mega fire’ on a 60 km front; the state department of health warned conditions were so hazardous that people had stay inside, leading to schools and university campuses to shut down.

Risks hiding in retractable pilothouses on towboats

USCG informs on safety measures concerning retractable pilothouses used by towing vessel operators, addressing the risks during these operations and providing additional recommendations on efficiently utilizing retractable pilothouses.

Port of Pemba to deal with potential attack

Located in the far north of country, the Port of Pemba has recently assured stakeholders that it has undertaken all the necessary security measures in order to protect its facilities as has been granted the International Ships and Ports Security (ISPS) Code by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

IMO Sulphur 2020 – Fuel Oil Tank Entry

Captain John Taylor, Loss Prevention Manager at Steamship Mutual writes this risk alert concerning the fuel oil tank entry for the soon approaching IMO Sulphur cup 2020 due to the high risk associated with personnel carrying out unusual work activities as well as entering into confined spaces of fuel oil tanks.

New Zealand reports more accidents, less fatalities

The recently released Maritime NZ annual report suggests that Maritime fatalities in New Zealand have almost halved since 2015. Adding to this, 20 people were killed in New Zealand ports and harbors in the financial year ending 2019, compared to 35 in 2014–15. Only four of these were involved a commercial operation, with the rest being recreational.

USCG alerts on clear communication in TSMS

The USCG issued a safety alert providing information on the towing vessel community, highlighting the importance of maintaining clear communication with all the parties involved into their Towing Safety Management System (TSMS).

Watch: Tips to stay safe in, on and around the water

With Pacific people coming second in the list of the highest drowning fatalities amount in Auckland, Tagata Pacifika published the video below, presenting tips to remain safe in the water. Specifically, Tagata Pacifika’s reporter John Pulu talked with water-safety experts, which shared their tips to prevent drowning accidents.

Manning, training and certification guidance for the offshore industry

The Bahamas Maritime Authority has recently issued guidance and instructions concerning the variation in qualifications and training required for people on Bahamian registered Mobile Offshore Units (MOU) as well as other such units, as determined by the BMA, used in the offshore oil and gas industry.

Guidance on assessment and approval of seafarer training

The Bahamas Maritime Authority has recently issued guidance and instructions concerning the Bahamas policy and procedures relating to the approval and acceptance of seafarer training or instruction for seafarers employed or engaged onboard Bahamian ships.


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