A true safety culture gives everyone a voice

We’ve seen them all over the place, companies slapping a nice-sounding safety message on their trailers. When a company claims safety to be its top priority, we trust their word to be golden. But are these carriers actually adhering to their mission statements? Only they can answer that question.

Robert Kaferle, Reliance Partners’ director of safety, explains the simple secret to legitimize any safety program, from companies small to large. 

“A successful company will empower their people to call...


GAO focuses on USCG safety oversight over El Faro sinking

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has now released a report into the changes implemented by the Coast Guard, explaining that it  is too soon to assess the USCG’s efforts and whether they are effective.

Specifically, the El Faro sinking on October 2015 raised concerns over the vessel’s safety plan and how the USCG ensures that vessels are in line with their safety plans.

Now, the newly published report explains that the USCG has taken steps of improvement, boosting its Alternate...


Vessel hygiene to prevent COVID-19 spread

During the COVID-19 pandemic, more than ever maintaining a good housekeeping onboard can help prevent the virus spread. In view of this, the American P&I Club reminds key tips which are important to follow in general for a safe workplace onboard a vessel.

The appearance of ships and shipboard equipment on the outside suggests how well things are operating on the inside, and more importantly contributes to the health, safety and happiness of the vessel and crew.

”Housekeeping oversights rarely go...


UK MAIB issues its first 2020 Safety Digest

The U.K. Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has published its first Safety Digest for 2020, including cases detailing accidents involving vessels from the merchant, fishing and recreational sectors.

Andrew Moll, Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents comments that “If I had a £1 for every time a manager has asked me how they can ensure that their staff are ‘doing the right thing’ I would be a rich man by now,” adding that

There are no simple answers: if there were, people would not be...


Wärtsilä delivers its Vessel Traffic Solution to fogbound Peruvian port

Wärtsilä’s Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) will be delivered in the Port of Callao, in Peru, on January 2021 to ensure that port operations will be conducted in a safe manner, given that the port is frequently dealing with fog and haze.

Specifically, Wärtsilä will provide its technology to ensure uninterrupted port operations, while increasing safety levels and facilitating arrival, docking and departures for visiting ships.

The system consists of solid-state IALA Advanced radar, long-range thermal...


Brazil: All units in Brazilian waters are required to receive ISM Code certification

The Brazilian Maritime Authority – Directorate of Ports and Coasts (DPC) issued a new amendment concerning the units operating in Brazilian waters, which will have to require certificates under the International Safety Management (ISM) Code until December 31, 2020.

Specifically, the Authority highlights that vessels sailing in Brazilian waters are required to receive certification by the ISM. The units are:

  1. self-propelled mobile offshore units (MOUs);
  2. MOUs without propulsion; and
  3. fixed platforms.


COVID-19 impacts the maritime security

Dryad Global has been vocal about the impact of COVID-19 on the shipping sector and specifically on the security issues that already exist in the sector, also playing a negative role at global recession, logistical complexities, and geopolitical considerations.

Recently, Dryad Global highlighted the issue of travel restrictions affecting the placement of armed guards onboard vessels, noting that on a large volume of transits through the Indian Ocean, Gulf of Aden and Southern Red Sea, the...


Precautions for vessels sailing and around Ningbo-Zhoushan, China

Given that the fishing season in the Ningbo-Zhoushan Port area will start soon, the Liberian Registry issued guidance of shipping stakeholders to assist Liberian flagged vessels and provide additional information to assist Master’s in safely navigating highly congested waters off Ningbo-Zhoushan in the East China Sea.

First of all, it is advised that vessels should as far as possible alter the ship’s course to avoid and maintain safe distance from areas with heavy concentration of fishing...


Potential hazards when anchoring and mooring in Mississippi river

This time of the year, the Mississippi River may experience high water levels due to the melting snow in the upper Mississippi Valley. As a consequence of the meltwater, increased currents can be expected.

Therefore, the Independent Maritime Consulting launched a report explaining the challenges arising when anchoring and mooring in the river.

Typically peaking between February and May, but also occurring at other times during the year, the Mississippi River experiences high water levels and...


An electronic glitch can lead to large claims

Automation, digitalization and the use of ships’ data is today having a big impact on the maritime industry. While there is no doubt that cyber is a major growing risk in this area, Gard’s Jarle Fosen, Senior Loss Prevention Executive, Arendal, states that there is, however, still a more common, less hyped and maybe growing type of shipboard technology related risk that should not be forgotten – the reliability, breakdown and no fault found failure of electronics.

The digital data flow on...


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