Lessons learned: Grounding and collision in busy anchorage

In its Monthly Safety Scenario for April, the Swedish Club describes a case of collision after grounding in a busy anchorage area. When changing the arrival time to the pilot station, the Master altered the plans, increasing speed, and took a shortcut through an anchorage.

The incident

It was evening with good visibility and vessel A was approaching port.

The Master had received orders to arrive at the pilot station at 20:40, which was one hour earlier than previously planned. To make the new ETA,...


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.


Top management should be committed to SMS to ensure success

The Safety Management System (SMS) of a company plays a crucial role for the safety of the seafarers and the avoidance of any potential accidents; Yet, non-commitment from top management positions lead to seafarers doubting the SMS, often resulting to accidents.

Gard states that top management’s commitment when it comes to safety, should be more than signatures on policies and procedures. This means that top management parties must have the right attitude and motivation towards the company’s SMS.


USCG: How to successfully implement TSMS

In 2019, USCG marine inspectors detained 41 towing vessels for Code 30 deficiencies, reflecting a vessel’s failure to implement a Towing Vessel Safety Management System (TSMS) or a lack of familiarity with a TSMS.

Of those, 32% used the TSMS option and 68% used the Coast Guard option. Vessels that chose the Coast Guard option are not required to implement an SMS, and therefore may not be proactively managing safety as closely as those vessels that chose the TSMS option, USCG said.

More statistics...


Transport Malta investigation: Poorly mounted lubrication oil filter leads to engine failure

Transport Malta’s MSIU issued an investigation report on the main engine failure of the oil/chemical tanker ‘MV Guroni’ while underway in January 2019. According to the report, the lubrication oil filter of the main engine had been improperly mounted, which eventually resulted to severe damages to the components of the main engine and a complete failure of the main engine.

The incident

MV Guroni was en route from the port of Klaksvik in the Faroe Islands, Denmark, to Rostock, Germany, in ballast....


Key procedures for maintaining personnel ashore and onboard

For the best and safest operation of a vessel, it is vital that both parties have a great cooperation, stresses the industry association Container Ship Safety Forum (CSSF) in its first guide which sets the basis for safe container ship operations. As such, when it comes to personnel, either shore-based or seagoing, shipping companies need to have procedures in place to ensure effective recruitment, familiarization, training and development.

Shore-based personnel

When it comes to office staff, key...


SeaSense – Expert Thinking on ISPS Code

This time, our special column, in association with The North of England P&I Club, sheds focus on ISPS Code asking industry experts whether the code itself can enhance maritime security against modern security threats such as cargo theft and terrorism. The Code was adopted on 12 December 2002 and came into force on 1 July 2004 and it is applicable to all vessels over 500 GRT operating on international trades, as well as the ports that service them. Therefore, after fifteen years of...


Fishing for safety video: Why SMS is important in fishery

AMSA released ‘Fishing for Safety: Creating a Safety Management System‘, a 16-minute video showing easy to understand steps, real-world stories and experiences of why an effective safety management system (SMS) is essential when working in the fishing industry.

Based on AMSA’s Safety Management System (SMS) Guidelines, this video also addresses general Work, Health and Safety (WH&S) requirements.

Fishing for Safety was produced via a collaboration between Southern Rocklobster Limited Clean Green...


10 Reasons why drill performance is substandard onboard ships

Drill Performance onboard ships is the most vital element of a successful emergency response. Drills are required either by legislation or as part of the Company SMS and the time and energy spent across the industry to comply with legislation and ensure a proper response when necessary is huge. Despite all good intentions, the shipboard performance across the majority of the industry (not at the top 10% or 20% of the ships) is substandard; therefore, in this article, we will try to outline the...


Safety Management: How to define and measure KPIs effectively

Key Performance Indicators, or KPIs, are measurable indexes that demonstrate how effectively each organization is achieving its key business objectives. At the same time, they provide a clear picture of organization’s performance and detect any inadequacies/ failures, showing the pathway for essential improvements in future.


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