EL FARO verdict – Captain’s Decisions, Shipping Company’s Poor Safety Oversight Led to Sinking

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a news release concerning the October 2015 sinking of the US cargo vessel El Faro with the loss of 33 persons on board. The NTSB identified various leading causal factors including: the captain’s navigation decisions; inaccurate weather information; poor bridge team management; lack of oversight by the owner; inadequate damage control…

UK MAIB – Investigation into the explosions on the bulk carrier Nortrader

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the explosions on the bulk carrier Nortrader off Plymouth on 13 January 2017. The ship, carrying a cargo of unprocessed incinerator bottom ash (U-IBA), suffered 2 explosions in quick succession. The first explosion was in the forecastle store and the second…

Guidance on safe baggage handling at cruise ship terminals from OSHA

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) A recently released publication from OSHA is intended to protect longshore workers who handle baggage at cruise ship terminals. Porters and baggage handlers frequently bend, kneel, crouch or crawl in unnatural positions while working, making them susceptible to injuries, the fact sheet states. The resource encourages employers to promote safe lifting techniques. Tips include: Perform gentle range-of-motion…