USA: NTSB Safer Seas Digest 2016

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determines the probable cause of the accidents and issues safety recommendations aimed at preventing future accidents. In addition, the NTSB carries out special studies concerning transportation safety and coordinates the resources of the federal government and other organizations to provide assistance to victims and their family members impacted by major transportation disasters.  …

Allianz Safety and Shipping Annual Review 2017 (for year 2016)

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) has issued its fifth ”Safety and Shipping Review”, a report which focuses on key developments in maritime safety and analyzes shipping losses during the 12 months prior to December 31, 2016. Report Highlights 85 large ships lost worldwide in 2016, down 50% over a decade. Top losses were reported in South China and Southeast Asia; East Mediterranean region is considered…

Risk Focus: Engine Room Fires

Considering the wide range of both sources of fuel and sources of ignition within the engine room, it should come as little surprise that a large proportion of fires onboard ships originate there. Engine room fires are one of the most common fires on ships owing to the presence of a wide range of sources of fuel, sources of…

US Senate – bill introduced to re-enforce passenger safety on cruise ships

The Cruise Passenger Protection Act (CPPA) was introduced last week in the US, aiming to strengthen passenger safety on cruise ships. The CPPA would build on the passenger safety measures signed into law in the 2010 Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act (CVSSA). The bill strengthens crime reporting and video surveillance requirements, improves medical standards,…