BIMCO practical guidance on safe launching and recovery of lifeboats

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) BIMCO has developed new guidance for seafarers on the safe launching and recovery of lifeboats using fall preventer devices (FPDs), aiming to reduce the number of seafarer fatalities and injuries.   The ‘Avoid Lifeboat Accidents’ pamphlet gives clear guidance on how to prevent accidents with lifeboats and rescue boats equipped with on-load release systems.…

New IMO guidelines will help reduce accidents during Lifeboat drills

  (www.MaritimeCyprus.com) IMO has agreed new guidelines developed by shipowner organisations to tackle the problem of lifeboat accidents. Proposals put forward by Intertanko and others to IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) should reduce the risks faced by seafarers during lifeboat drills. In fairly quick succession, MSC’s 97th meeting in November last year, followed by the…

Why Do U.S. Navy Ships Keep Crashing?

(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The déjà vu collision of the guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain with an oil tanker near Singapore was the Navy’s fourth serious incident in the western Pacific this year, and mirrored a similar disaster in June that claimed the lives of seven sailors off the coast of Japan. In January, the USS Antietam ran aground near Yokosuka, Japan, where the U.S.…