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…

MAIB investigation Report of the fatal accident onboard the bulker Graig Rotterdam

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the fatal accident onboard the bulk carrier Graig Rotterdam in Alexandria, Egypt on 19 December 2016. The vessel was discharging a deck cargo of packaged timber. At 1109, the bosun, a Chinese national, fell overboard and into a barge that…

EMSA Annual Overview of Marine Casualties and Incidents 2017

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) European Maritime safety Agency has issued the Annual Overview of Marine Casualties and Incidents. It consists in a high-level analysis of accidents reported by the EU Member States in European Marine Casualty Information Platform (EMCIP). General: During 2016 there were 106 reported fatalities, 957 persons injured, 26 ships lost and 123 investigations launched. With 3145…

UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) – report on CMA CGM Vasco de Gama Grounding

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation on the grounding of the ultra-large container vessel CMA CGM Vasco de Gama on the western side of the Thorn Channel whilst approaching the Port of Southampton on 22 August 2016. The investigation found that a detailed passage plan had not been…

AMSA – Operation and maintenance of rescue boat outboard motors

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice drawing attention to the importance of maintaining rescue boat outboard motors in good working order ready for immediate use. The purpose of this marine notice is to draw to the attention of ship owners, operators, masters, officers, seafarer training organisations and industry organisations the importance…

Risk Focus – Car Carriers, Ro-Ro and Ro-Pax Ship Safety – A Guide for Crew

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) This publication highlights some of the issues specific to car carriers, how those risks can be addressed, and provides helpful and practical advice for all seafarers and ship operators, or managers working with these ships. There have been a number of serious incidents involving car carriers and other Ro-Ro passenger ships over the years. These incidents were the catalyst…