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Watch: IMO safety tips for ferries passengers

In a new short safety animated video, IMO provides simple but key messages to ferry passengers: Overcrowding is dangerous, listen to crew, follow instructions. The video was commissioned following a series of IMO-sponsored regional discussion forums on ferry safety held in the Asia and Pacific region.

Foreman falls down two decks during lifting equipment

In its latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB describes an incident where a foreman fell from through a hatch and down two decks. The incident happened as the crewmembers were trying to lift a test skid. The foreman landed on his right, and was immediately restrained from the other crew in order not to risk further injury. He was later transferred to a hospital.

Regulatory update: Container ships safety

With the growing size of container vessels, misdeclaration of cargo together with insufficient firefighting capabilities are currently two of the main challenges related to container ship safety.

USCG: An unwearable PFD makes emergency unbearable

During several inspections involving different vessels, USCG personnel discovered a significant number (>100) of unwearable type 1 PFDs that would have presented a problem for users if needed in an emergency. It is reminded that regulations require PFDs onboard vessels to be wearable and in serviceable condition.

Panama Canal further increases maximum draft for Neopanamax locks

The recent rainfall in the Canal watershed has increased the levels of Gatun and Alhajuela Lakes considerably in the past few days. As such, effective from 13 June, the maximum authorized draft for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks is 14.94 meters (49.0 feet) TFW, the Panama Canal Authority informed. 

Shipowners Club notes rise of deficiencies in lifting appliances

Lifting operations onboard ships can often lead to fatalities. During its Condition Survey Programme, the Shipowners Club noted an increased number of deficiencies related to the standard of lifting equipment onboard, particularly in relation to inadequate testing methods and lack of certification.

How to avoid steel cargo damage in maritime transport

The more common issues when transporting steel cargoes by sea can be broadly categorised as mechanical damage or rust-related problems and in many cases the damage occurs before it is even loaded onto the carrying vessel. North Club provided advice on these matters to minimise the risk of cargo damage.

UK Club: FAQs on current bunker issues in US Gulf

Following continued bunker issues in the US Gulf, the UK Club published a short FAQ in conjunction with Brookes Bell. These claims appear to relate to fuel bunkered late March-May this year, with the problems manifest variously in the form of sticking and seizure of fuel injection system components and blocking of fuel filters. 

Poll

Are the vessels’ crew members aware enough of the new requirements of STCW Convention?

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