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,…

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…