Accidents in enclosed spaces have long been a source of serious injuries and fatalities. Analysis into these accidents shows that the underlying cause is often a failure to follow established procedures that are put in place to ensure the safety of seafarers. Whether this is due to insufficient knowledge or a disregard for safety precautions, the fact remains that effective training is required to increase the safety of enclosed space entry operations.
One of the world's leading paint and coating suppliers, Jotun, has co-operated with Seagull Maritime AS, to develop an informative set of e-learning modules on the theme of onboard paint maintenance, with emphasis on in-service treatments.
OCIMF (Oil Companies International Marine Forum) has recently released their new Vessel Inspection Questionnaire (VIQ) that takes effect on 17th of September 2018. With a complete section on maritime security devoted to Cyber Security, this is the first major revision of OCIMF’s VIQ since 2013.
Seafarers can now undergo training on Occupational Health and Safety on board their respective vessels using a new on board course.
June 25 will as always mark the annual Day of the Seafarer. In 2017 and 2018 we have seen a strong momentum in the industry to address seafarers wellbeing, particularly their mental health.
Did you know that garbage from ships can be just as deadly to marine life as oil or chemical spills? Did you know that the greatest danger of them all comes from plastic that floats in the ocean for years, causing animal and plant life to suffer?
There have been many deficiencies found in Port State Control Inspections with regards to the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships. As a response, the Paris MOU has announced that they will have a concentrated inspection campaign on MARPOL Annex VI from September 1st to November 30th 2018.
There has been a positive trend for the Norwegian International Ship (NIS) register over the past 3 years, with more ship-owners registering their vessels back to Norwegian flag. According to Olav Akselsen, Director of the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA), ‘more than 230 vessels have been registered in NIS since 2014, most of them coming back to Norwegian flag due to changed operational terms for the owners’.
Onboard Danish flagged vessels members of the safety group are required to undergo training concerning the working environment approved by the Danish Maritime Authority. This is also called “Section 16 course”. Immediately after the election of a safety representative and appointment of a supervisor, the ship owner shall enrol them for the Section 16 course. The objective of this course is to give seafarer’s necessary training and knowledge required to carry out their duties as a member of the safety organization in cooperation with others to promote a safe and healthy working environment on board ships.
The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) reports a continuing fall in piracy incidents during 2017.
180 actual and attempted incidents of piracy and armed robbery were reported in 2017. This represented the lowest annual figure since 1995 and the third drop in a row in the annual reports.
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