The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has updated its Code of safe working practices for merchant seafarers (COSWP) 2019, which was firstly published on 4 September 2015. The Code of Safe Working Practices (COSWP) Code details the regulatory framework for health and safety on board, safety management and statutory duties underlying the advice in the Code and the areas that should be covered when introducing a recruit to the safety procedures on board.
The US Coast Guard has ordered 23 New York Waterway ferries to suspend service after a series of inspections throughout last week, which found the vessels to be operationally unfit. Inspectors suggested that the 23 vessels in particular had damage or discrepancies significant enough to justify the suspension of operations. Whatsoever, it is said that two of the vessels have been re-inspected and then returned to usual operations.
The Japan Transport Safety Board issued a report concerning the collision of the 25,431-ton cargo vessel ERNA OLDENDORFF, with the Oshima Bridge, in Obatake Seto, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan, during the early hours of Monday, October 22, 2018.
Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority identified breaches of regulations in relation to a fire incident on the Snorre B facility on 1 May 2019. The investigation revealed that iron sulphide, which caused the fire, was not known to be present in the separator, so no appropriate measures were taken.
The UK MAIB issued an investigation report on a fatal fall from height onboard the freight ferry ‘Seatruck Pace’, moored in Liverpool, in December 2018. The investigation identified that the assistant bosun must have crossed a temporary rope barrier on to a narrow section of deck between the ship’s side and the open ramp hatch.
The Republic of the Marshall Islands warned of potential damage on immersion suits which could render them unusable and advised all interested parties to ensure that all immersion suits are properly fitting, well-maintained, and ready for use in an emergency.
While Automatic Identification System (AIS) is designed to mitigate collisions and enhance situational awareness by exchanging real-time vessel information, this navigational tool can degrade or even disrupt other users’ systems if it is non-compliant with adopted international standards, USCG warned.
The Marine Accident Investigation Committee (MAIC) of Cyprus issued an investigation report on the fatality of the Master of the bulk carrier ‘Evnia’, after falling into the sea from a rope ladder, while the ship was berthed in Chittagong Port, Bangladesh, in June 2018.
In a new official statement, the US Coast Guard reiterated that hiring an unlicensed charter is illegal and dangerous, because the charter may not have the proper emergency safety gear, navigation and communication gear, and may not have undergone the proper license exams to ensure safety.
Norwegian police named three suspects over the collision of the Norwegian frigate ‘KNM Helge Ingstad’ with the the Maltese-flagged oil tanker ‘Sola TS’ off Bergen, in November 2018. The warship sustained significant damage from the collision and sank a few days later.
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