In a recent webinar, Thomas Miller, TT Club and UK P&I Club discussed factors associated with container casualties to pinpoint key challenges towards safer container ship operations and enhanced security of the container stacks they carry. Attention to numerous factors is needed to avoid repeated casualties insurers noted.
In May 2018, IMO MSC considered various proposals for safety measures for non-SOLAS ships operating in polar waters. Guidelines on Safety Measures were finalized by the Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction in February 2020 and were due to be adopted by MSC in May 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MSC did not meet in May 2020 and it is not known when the Guidelines on Safety Measures will be formally adopted at IMO.
AMSA has issued an updated Marine Notice that serves as a reminder to operators on the importance of adhering to the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 (known as the Collision Regulations or COLREGs ) to reduce the risk of collision at sea.
The US Coast Guard Waterways Policies and Activities Division highlighted the impacts of on-water mass gatherings to the public and Maritime Transportation System (MTS).
The US Coast Guard issued an alert for mariners and ports in the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico due to gale force winds, and then responded to a distress call from a ro-ro cargo ship that was reportedly taking on water.
Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) and the Dominica Flag State Administration have raised their voice over the MV Gulf Sky which although was under arrest by a UAE Admiralty Law injuction, had left UAE waters. The Captain now confirmed that both crew and vessel are safe.
The Merchant Shipping Notice 11 of 2020, establishing a routeing system for the southwest Indian waters, enters into effect on 1st August 2020. The system comes in response to a number of collisions of fishing vessels in the busy sea route in the area.
On the occasion of the investigation release of the capsizing of the fishing vessel Anna-Marie II, UK MAIB issued a safety flyer to the fishing industry about staying alert to the risk of capsize and inverting, particularly in steep waves, and the importance of wearing a personal flotation device.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) reminds those working within the shipping sector should be familiar with the work health and safety obligations applying in their state or territory.
A White Paper by National Cargo Bureau calls for urgent reform to stem the increasing number of container-related incidents caused by poorly stowed, undeclared or misdeclared dangerous cargoes.
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