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Maritime safety- Commission sends reasoned opinion to four Member States

To communicate what measures they were takingre accidents at sea The European Commission today sent reasoned opinions to Austria, Greece, Poland and the United Kingdom for their failure to communicate what measures they were taking to transpose Directive2009/18/EC on the investigation of accidents at sea.This is the normal procedure in the event of a persistent failure to communicate such measures despite having received formal notice. Sending a reasoned opinion is the last step in the procedure before possibly taking a matter to the Court of Justice.The EU rulesDirective2009/18/EC lays down the basic principles governing investigations into accidents in the maritime transport sector. It requires Member States to bring into force the necessary legislative, regulatory and administrative implementing provisions before 17June2011.The practical consequences of non-transpositionDirective2009/18/EC aims to improve maritime safety and better prevent pollution from ships by requiring Member States to organise safety investigations after serious accidents at sea. The purpose of these investigations, which are separate from any criminal investigations and are carried out by independent bodies, is to establish what has caused the accidents and draw lessons to improve maritime safety in the future. If they fail to take the necessary measures, Member States prevent such arrangements from being ...

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Maritime safety- Commission requests Italy to comply with new safety rules for passenger ships

Safety rules and standards for passenger ships The European Commission has asked Italy to adopt national legislation implementing the new European safety rules and standards for passenger ships. The Commission's request takes the form of a reasoned opinion under EU infringement procedures.If Italy fails to inform the Commission within two months of the measures it has taken to ensure full compliance with EU law, the Commission could refer the case to the European Court of Justice.The EU rulesIn 2010 the EU adopted a new directive pertaining to safety rules and standards for passenger ships. The primary aim of this directive was to provide an up-to-date European legislative framework which would take into account the latest measures agreed upon in the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). These include, among many other technical requirements, a ban onmaterials containing asbestos, the obligation to install emergency lighting to allow passengers to exit safely and the requirement to provide adequate life jackets for larger individuals.The reason for today's actionItaly has failed to notify the Commission of the measures taken to enforce the new Directive on safety rules and standards for passenger ships although required to do so by 29 June 2011.The practical effect of non-implementationThe objective ...

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Eyes on the Barents maritime safety

The Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) plays a key role in the maritime safety On duty round the clock monitoring tankers and other risk traffic in the Barents Sea and along the coast of Norway. The amount of oil shipped out from Russia has not increased and no voyages with nuclear waste have taken place this year.The Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) in Vardø plays a key role in the maritime safety cooperation with Russia. From its location in Norway's north easternmost corner it is possible to see over the Varanger fjord to Russia's Kola Peninsula. This is the main route for oil tankers from Murmansk to the markets in Europe. Worst-case scenario is a huge tanker accident, followed by massive oil spill and ecological damages along the Arctic coast.- We are working closely with emergency forces and rescue coordination centres. If a tanker gets an engine breakdown, we can immediately see where the nearest tow boat is and send assistance, says Ståle Sveinungsen, head of Vardø VTS.On the large screens on the walls, Ståle Sveinungsen and his fellow officers can see the exact position all maritime traffic within Norwegian economic zone from the south to the maritime border with Russia in ...

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NEDA urges upgrades in vital maritime sector

NEDA calls for upgrades of safety and security strategies The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) has called on the maritime sector to upgrade safety and security strategies as well as infrastructure, in line with the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2011-2016.Assistant director-general Ruperto P. Majuca said in a statement that the government aims to promote investments in the shipbuilding industry by focusing on identified markets such as Korea and Japan.By 2014, NEDA expects investments in the industry to grow by P93 billion."With this development, the Philippines could be the fourth-largest shipbuilding nation in the world in the next five to 10 years," Majuca said.Aside from this, Majuca said that the government would continue to explore the development of port facilities through public-private partnership (PPP)."Identified port development projects through PPP would help boost tourism by servicing interisland and international cruise vessels. Postharvest facility projects would also include development of port or transport facilities, in terms of handling agricultural products," explained Majuca.Majuca said the PDP 2011-2016 endeavors to ensure a safe, secure, integrated, and coordinated transport network, including improving the country's roll-on roll-off (Ro-Ro) terminal system that will enhance interisland logistics.Majuca noted that the maritime sector has been plagued by more than ...

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Maritime safety and security should be prioritized

Says Neda executive If the Philippines is to become the world's fourth-largest shipbuilding nation in five to 10 years, the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) said safety and security in the maritime industry must be prioritized.In a statement, Neda Assistant Director General Ruperto Majuca said the movers of the Philippine maritime industry must continue upgrading their standards and implementing the sector's existing plans and strategies, including those outlined in the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2011-16. The plans and strategies include ensuring transport safety and security.Majuca noted that the maritime sector has been plagued with more than 160 accidents a year over the last decade."The maritime industry needs to update regularly their safety and security standards and strictly implement them, to keep up with international benchmarks and practices," Majuca said. "Ensuring the effectiveness of maritime policy should be complemented with advancements in transportation infrastructure, which are crucial in boosting infrastructure development and the services sector. The PDP 2011-16 endeavors to ensure an integrated and coordinated transport network, including improving the country's roll-on, roll-off terminal system, that will enhance our interisland logistics."Majuca also said the shipbuilding and, generally, the entire maritime industry, must be in compliance with international maritime security standards. ...

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Closing the safety gap is a priority

Says Wilhelmsen Ships Service China General Manager Shipowners in China and Hong Kong are increasingly adopting international standards for safety systems, as they develop their global operations, according to Chan Chang Hae, General Manager, Product & Technical Services, Wilhelmsen Ships Service. There is still a gap in the understanding of what is required to be fully safety compliant in some sectors of the Asian shipowning community. But as their business is growing globally, so are their efforts to keep up to date with international standards."There are more and more stringent rules and regulations being introduced through the IMO and other regulatory bodies governing safety on board vessels. Shipowners realize that they need to be aware and prepare their vessels in order to be compliant," he added.WSS has been active in informing owners about the 'pipeline' of regulations and providing 'on-the-ground' technical support through the company's network of offices across China.WSS China now offers safety services, Unitor marine products, Unitor and Nalfleet marine chemicals, maritime logistics and ships agency to customers in China and around the world. WSS have five offices in China: Shanghai, Beijing, Qingdao, Dalian and Ningbo. The company's products and services are delivered to 37 ports in China."Our ...

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FSUE Rosmorport expands meeting re navigation safety

Fire fighting demonstration on the Kapitan Chadaev icebreaker took place FSUE "Rosmorport" has held an expanded meeting concerning the issues of navigation safety, accident risks prevention and reduction. With deputy General director of FSUE "Rosmorport" for navigation safety V.Y. Vanyukov in head, representatives of 14 enterprise's brnaches and a Captain of the seaport of Arkhangelsk took part in the meeting.The meeting concurred with the Kapitan Kuznetsov bulk carrier resque operation and the meeting participants were able to see the work FSUE "Rosmorport" Arkhangelsk branch in emergency. The Dikson icebreaker, being in daily readiness, set up for the rescue operation less then 4 hours after order reception and abided all the tasks assigned during the operation.A general fire fighting demonstration on the Kapitan Chadaev icebreaker took placeinthe meeting program network. Also, participants visited Admiral Makarov State Maritime Academy Regional Continuing Professional Education Center.Source: FSUE Rosmorport

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How to avoid costly distractions

Concentration on safe navigation Some years ago, there was a notable incident which occurred when a supply ship Master conning his ship out of harbour in thick fog, was so distracted by two separate telephone calls which he was trying to deal with simultaneously that he failed to pick up a third, rather more vital message from the port VTS, that was telling him he was heading straight for a concrete breakwater. And there was the famous case of the cruise ship collision which occurred when her watchkeeping officer subordinated his lookout duties to complete the garbage form which needed to be ready at the next port of arrival. Another memorable case involving bureaucratic procedures was that of the port arrival checklist on a ferry, the final few items left blank as by then, the ferry had crashed into the quay.There have been a number of strandings which have been contributed to by the inattention of the watchkeeper who was on a mobile telephone at the crucial moment. Communications and brilliant technology can sometimes be a serious distraction to people, who in a less technological age would have been keeping a good visual lookout, with less risk of their attention ...

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Legal framework in place to handle shipping accidents

The Government plans to issue a notification imposing restrictions on ships, which are over 25 years India will soon become a party to two conventions of the International Maritime Organisations for having a strong legal framework to claim compensation in case of oil spills, ship wrecks and other accidents in the maritime sector.The country will accede to the Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage and the Convention for the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling System on ships, said the Union Shipping Minister, Mr G.K. Vasan.The Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage was adopted to ensure that adequate, prompt, and effective compensation is available to persons who suffer damage caused by oil spills, when carried as fuel in ships' bunkers. The other convention that Mr Vasan referred to prohibits use of harmful chemical compounds in anti-fouling paints used on ships. Mr Vasan's statement while inaugurating an international seminar on Towards Sustainable Shipping follows the recent oil leak from the Panama-flagged sunken cargo vessel, m.v. Rak, spilling over the coast of Mumbai. To commemorate the 100{+t}{+h} anniversary celebrations, the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers - Madras chapter, organised the seminar on the theme Towards Sustainable Shipping.Legal frameworkMr Vasan ...

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Commitment saves lives

Maersk Executive Safety Day On Friday, 4 November, top executives and heads of safety met for the company's first ever Maersk Executive Safety Day. "Safety makes us special," the Group CEO reiterated on the day, underlining that safety needs the attention of the highest leadership.Human errors can't be accepted as a root cause of any safety incident. Instead, one needs to find root causes that boil down to things that can be fixed.This was one of the main take-aways from the first ever Maersk Executive Safety Day held Friday, 4 November 2011, where top management and heads of safety met to discuss the Group's ongoing safety journey."Safety makes us special," the Group CEO Nils S. Andersen said and continued: "We discuss safety whenever we meet. While working here, you enter the tradition of taking care of one another."Nils S. Andersen thereby referred to the fact that safety is the first discussion point at any Executive Board meeting and defines the way Maersk runs its business. Something that became very visible during the safety day where the Executive Board members presented opportunities and challenges within their various business units.BU's can learn from one another The oil business is in the business ...

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