UK MCA – Guidance re life-saving appliances

Over the past 10 years the maritime industry has observed an unacceptably high number of accidents with lifeboats in which crew were injured, sometimes fatally, whilst participating in lifeboat drills and/or inspections. The IMO has been working to introduce measures to reduce the likelihood and severity of such incidents, and the main publications seeking to achieve…

UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) posted its Safety Digest 2/2016

Seafarers ignore onboard Safety Management Systems. This latest edition of the Safety Digest contains insightful information in 25 articles which are examples of poor risk awareness demonstrated by the crews of vessels from the merchant, fishing and recreational sectors. The document highlights the disconnect that sometimes occurs between a company’s official safety culture and the actual operation…

UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) Annual Report 2015

MAIB has published its Annual Report highlighting the work of the branch during the year 2015 and includes: a report from the Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents overview of accidents reported summary of investigations started details of investigation reports published responses to recommendations issued marine accident statistics In 2015 1057 accidents (casualties and incidents) to…

DNVGL Enhancing onboard fire safety awareness

DNV GL emphasizes important aspects of fire safety in the engine room, regarding both newbuildings and ships in service. RULES AND REQUIREMENTS Many aspects which determine the fire risk in an engine room, such as insulation, screening and the routing of pipes, cannot be easily addressed in the design approval phase. Therefore, these aspects require…

AMSA Maritime Safety Awareness Bulletin on Mooring Safety

Mooring operations are among the most dangerous tasks carried out on board ships. Data collected by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) indicates that mooring incidents occur regularly and often result in injury. While there have been various innovations across the maritime industry to reduce the hazards associated with traditional mooring systems, the majority of…