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How to minimize risk when entering enclosed space

Although the industry has repeatedly rung the bell on the dangers of enclosed space entry onboard, this continues to arise as the hidden enemy for crews. In this regard, the Shipowners Club produced a sample risk assessment addressing the various hazards associated with enclosed space entry operations. 

Libya: Ships and crews at risk if suspected of oil smuggling

The Shipowners Club urged operators to exercise caution when trading to Libya, due to an increased risk of vessel seizure and crew arrests as a result from an increase in the last years of illicit crude oil trade. To eradicate oil smuggling, the Libyan government has implemented strict measures.

The legal implications of Drugs and Alcohol at sea

The Shipowners Club issued a revised edition of its ‘Drugs and Alcohol at Sea’ booklet, to encourage healthy lifestyle onboard. The guide includes signs to assist operators in identifying drug and alcohol related issues onboard, legal implications, as well as loss prevention advice. 

Ensuring passengers and crew safety on board

Considering personal injury of crew, passengers and third parties on board vessels, as well as changes under English law to the compensation for these parties, the Shipowners’ Club says that an effective risk assessment not only reduces the possibility of such an incident, but may also prevent an incident from happening. 

Reducing the risk of flooding on fishing vessels

In its fishing vessel safety guide released earlier this week, the Shipowners Club provides safety tips for fishers to reduce the risk of flooding, one of the most common dangers for commercial fishing. As for the other threats, early detection of flooding is essential for a vessel to be saved.

How to address step-by-step the causes of stress onboard

In the latest release of their seafarers health information series, the Shipowners Club and ISWAN provide useful advice on how to address the causes of stress, as more and more seafarers often find themselves dealing with anxiety due to isolation and big workload.

Fatigue related to shift work: Useful tips

Fatigue is a key aspect of human error-related maritime casualties and a main area of concern for seafarers who have to deal with shifts impacting their sleeping habits. In the latest edition of their seafarers health series, the Shipowners Club and ISWAN provided advice for seafarers working on shifts to tackle fatigue.

How to ensure fire safety on fishing vessels

In its Fishing Vessel Safety guide released in conjunction with UK’s Maritime Safety Week, the Shipowners Club provides, among others, best practice advice on fishing vessels’ protection from fire. Fatalities on fishing vessels remain a real threat, making it one of the most dangerous jobs globally. 

How controlled breathing addresses the effects of stress

In the latest release of their seafarers health information series, the Shipowners Club and ISWAN focus on controlled breathing as a means of relaxation from stress. As mental health issues are rising as a key area of concern for seafarers, the guide notes that it is important to recognise stress and take measures to manage it.

How to cope with stress and fatigue at sea

Shipowners’ Club in cooperation with ISWAN released an information booklet, aiming to support seafarers’ mental health. Namely, as the report says, managing stress and sleeping well at sea is an integral part of positive health and well-being on board. The guide offers practical to recognise stress and cope effectively.

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The sulphur cap is less than a year away and with most vessels choosing compliant fuel, do you expect to see a spike in incidents and accidents related to the switch over?

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