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North P&I Club publishes new bridge guide on how to avoid collisions

The 'A' rated 170 million GT North P&I club has just published a new loss-prevention guide for watchkeepers on how to avoid collisions at sea. Designed specifically for use on ship's bridges, it focuses on what the club considers to be the most important 'rules of the road' in the International Regulations for Prevention Collisions at Sea 1972 (COLREGS).In his foreword to Collisions: How to Avoid Them, the Hon Mr Justice Nigel Teare, Admiralty Judge at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, says, 'Despite all the impressive electronic assistance designed to enable deck officers to avoid collisions, collisions still occur. The answer is, and always has been since radar was first introduced, that the rules of navigation set out in the COLREGS must still be applied by deck officers. 'This short and compact guide therefore has a vital and necessary role. It reminds mariners of the basics of the COLREGS and that they must be kept well in mind and obeyed notwithstanding the profusion of equipment on the modern bridge. That equipment does not avoid collision - it is merely an aid to collision avoidance. What avoids collisions is compliance with the COLREGS,' says Teare.The guide focuses on the ...

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Bahrain seabridge plan takes shape

It would link Khalifa Bin Salman Port with the Saudi industrial hub of Jubail APM Terminals Bahrain is working with partners to set up a 'seabridge' feeder service which would link Khalifa Bin Salman Port with the Saudi industrial hub of Jubail, providing petrochemical companies with a new export route and enabling imports to bypass congestion at Dammam."We are talking to stakeholders about a potential seabridge for exports out of Jubail and also as a sustainable alternative for inbound cargoes to Saudi Arabia," says Simon Brebner, APM Terminals Bahrain chief commercial officer. "This concept would enable shipping lines to drop in Bahrain, and cargo to move onwards to Jubail where it would pick up road links into Saudi Arabia. It would be an efficient and quick way of doing things on a reliable basis - and lines are looking for consistency."The feeder could easily do two trips a week, he says; the concept has been 'well received'. "We can't sit still; we need to make things happen around us. Hopefully it will materialise later this year or the first quarter 2013."Mr Brebner says carriers already use Bahrain on a 'tactical' basis when faced with delays at Dammam. A major line ...

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SAM Electronics Launches New Series of Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm Systems

Designed for simple installation aboard Hamburg-based SAM Electronics, an L-3 company, has launched a new series of Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm Systems (BNWAS) designed for simple installation aboard both new and existing vessels of any type or size in accordance with IMO carriage regulations due to become effective from this July onwards.Type-approved by major international classification societies such as ABS, GL, Class NK and RINA, the advanced alarm and monitoring series ensures enhanced safe vessel operation via continuous surveillance of bridge activities, including detecting any operator malfunctions that could lead to accidents. Alerts can be automatically relayed to the ship's captain and other watch personnel with the alarm system and all backup call functions and timer settings controlled and handled from the bridge console's centralised alarm panel.Basic features of the SAM BNWAS include main alarm panel with dimming, ship accommodation alarm panels, an assist call facility, motion sensors, reset push buttons, activation switch, reset timer inputs from radar, and force activation via steering gear and/or Trackpilot supported by flexible interfaces.Systems also meet latest IEC 62616 performance standards and are optionally available either as stand-alone units or for integration as part of the NACOS Platinum range of all-purpose integrated bridge management ...

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