In an official hearing on Commercial and Passenger Vessel Safety on Thursday, the head of NTSB’s Marine Safety Office critiqued the US Coast Guard’s willingness to bolster safety rules for passenger vessels, on the aftermath of three fatal incidents involving small vessels in US waters.
On the occasion of Global Maritime Forum 2019 underway in Singapore, maritime leaders reiterated their common ambition to make the maritime industry safer, agreeing the industry Golden Safety Rules and ideas on how they could be implemented and used, as part of the ‘Together in Safety’ initiative.
The port authority of Rotterdam and North Sea Port conducted tests using an underwater robot that will be used to inspect quays, given that inspections are still being conducted by divers; The partners aim to replace the divers with robots for safety reasons.
The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has gathered industry experts from South East Asia countries in Cape Town this week, to share knowledge in the development of safety and security for fishermen onboard fishing vessels.
Cruise ships are changing routes in the last few days to avoid the Tropical Storm Dorian which is to affect the Caribbean. The storm is on track to hit the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico, an island still struggling to recover after devastation of Hurricane Maria in 2017.
The UK’s Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) published a video advising what one can do and can act to float on water and not drown. Following its ‘Respect the water’ campaign, falling into cold water shocks the body.
The US Navy put into service USS Billings, America’s eight Freedom-variant Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). The ship is designed to conduct close-to-shore missions. The ship will be homeported in Mayport, Florida.
During the 2019 Hellenic American Maritime Forum in Athens, Mrs. Panagiota Chrysanthi, DDPA/EMR, Andriaki Shipping Co. Ltd, provided her opinion on safety challenges in the shipping industry, and the crucial role that human factor plays. As noted, from 2012-2016, 75% accidents were due to human error. She also added that the industry has not done enough to prevent human errors.
EPIRB or Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon is a safety device carried by a vessel to alert search and rescue services, allowing them to quickly locate you in the event of an emergency. When activated it transmits a coded message on the 406 MHz distress frequency which is monitored by the COSPAS-SARSAT satellite system.
Safety culture is an organisational culture in which not only safety, but also occupational health a given priority in the way people think and act. The best way for one to get an insight into what’s safety, is in terms of the maturity ladder, in which each level has distinct characteristics and is an improvement on characteristics and is an improvement on the one before.
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