There are a numerous sources of electrical power on board a vessel. When these are poorly maintained or incorrectly handled, serious injuries can result. Electric shocks are an ever present danger when working with, or near electricity.
It is well known that fires on ships require a lot of effort to combat, put all those on board in a life-threatening situation and present extreme danger to the vessel. Engine room fires are particularly difficult to tackle due to the possibly confined nature of the scene and an abundance of fire triangle elements: heat, fuel and air. A fire in the engine room can have disastrous consequences and is best prevented by all available means.
Autonomy is another field that is still very much under development in shipping’s commercial sector. The military have of course had the technology for years and large parts of engine operation and monitoring rely on it to one degree or other already. But the idea of ships and boats sailing around with nobody on the bridge, or even the vessel, is something that continues to unsettle the average mariner. Given its purpose and operating constraints, this example is however one that we are probably all more comfortable with and can readily see a future for.
The UK P&I Club (Thomas Miller Ltd) has released the latest in its informative series of loss prevention circulars, delivering lessons from which seafarers can benefit. In this article, we are reminded just how quickly incidents can happen during mooring.
Stories of new power innovation and achievement are appearing ever-more frequently in the maritime press, as the drive towards cleaner solutions gains momentum. This example features an all-electric ferry operating between islands in southern Denmark. It is however a sign of things to come for all vessels in the future, even if the technology is not yet there for longer, deep-sea voyages.
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The Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA), or Sjøfartsdirektoratet, is the latest authority to remind both personnel on its ships and shipping organisations and companies of the ever-increasing risk of cyber-attacks.
Long-established Belgian shipping company Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB) is a leading advocate of the use of hydrogen power for the shipping industry, as it faces the challenge of finding and implementing new, eco-friendly fuels. It has recently teamed up with engine builders Anglo Belgian Corporation (ABC) of Ghent in a new venture titled ‘BeHydro’.
This Marine Safety Advisory message is directed at Owners/Operators, Masters, Nautical Inspectors and Recognized Organizations associated with ships flying the Marshall Islands flag. The subject matter is of course equally valuable to all ships of whatever nation.
The shipping industry continues to seek effective solutions in its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create a more sustainable future for both the industry and the planet. Here we see the latest initiative by a group of Japanese operators.
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MARAD – or Marine Administration - is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Its purposes include meeting the national security needs of that nation. Its circulars do however often contain information of interest to seafarers of all nations. The following is drawn from a newly-released ‘Maritime Security Communication with Industry’ advisory message
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