Britannia Risk Watch publication tackles lithium-ion guidance

Britannia Risk Watch publication tackles lithium ion batteries
Britannia Risk Watch publication tackles lithium-ion guidance

In a recent edition of Britannia Risk Watch, published by the Britannia P&I Club, safely transporting Lithium-ion batteries in the shipping industry is just one of a number of important topics under the microscope

Lithium-Ion Batteries have gained significant attention in recent years due to their pivotal role in the global shift towards sustainability, as well as their association with certain fire risks relating to thermal runaway, self-ignition, and the risk of an explosive and toxic atmosphere.

According to Jacob Damgaard, Divisional Director, Loss Prevention Singapore, the energy storage unit typically comprises a box or Continue reading “Britannia Risk Watch publication tackles lithium-ion guidance”

What caught my eye: February 2024

A fishing boat with a Second World War secret
Margot Benstock (left) and Irene Weiss (right) in front of Thor
Margot Benstock (left) and Irene Weiss (right) in front of Thor

Some reading this will know why this story struck a chord with me. A 34-foot wooden fishing boat named Thor, which was used to help Jews out of Denmark during World War II, will soon be on display at the Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.

After Denmark was invaded by Germany in 1940, the Danish government resisted any anti-Jewish laws. But in the fall of 1943, the Germans announced that all Danish Jews would be deported. Over the next couple of days, the Danish resistance movement, with the help Continue reading “What caught my eye: February 2024”

CHIRP Annual Digest 2023 published

The CHIRP Annual Digest 2023 is available to download now
The CHIRP Annual Digest 2023 is available to download now

Recently published, the CHIRP Annual Digest 2023 is the ninth edition to be released by CHIRP Maritime. The publication covers the reports and cases that were published during 2023 along with additional articles on safety topics.

The Digest extends to 78 pages and celebrates CHIRP Maritime’s 20th anniversary. The publication presents a collection of safety-focused incident reports and insightful articles derived from real-life experiences in the maritime industry. The Digest is organized into themed sections, providing readers the flexibility to explore topics of interest. Continue reading “CHIRP Annual Digest 2023 published”

Testing Times Report

The Testing Times report examines the issues with bunker the bunker supply chain
The Testing Times report examines the issues with bunker the bunker supply chain

The Testing Times report has been written by Thetius on behalf of Lloyd’s Register assesses the vital role of ship fuel oil assessment and quantity verification.

Despite many changes across the maritime industry, fossil fuels remain central to global trade and the ocean economy. Variations in bunker fuel quality have been a pressing issue for some time, and the problem of off-spec and poor-quality bunker fuel looks set to deteriorate further before things improve.

The Testing Times report, written by maritime innovation consultancy Thetius, examines the contemporary issues in the bunker supply Continue reading “Testing Times Report”

MAIB report into the fatal Eder Sands man overboard incident

 fatal Eder Sands man overboard incident report published
fatal Eder Sands man overboard incident report published

On 7 October 2022, a deckhand from the UK registered gill netter Eder Sands fell overboard while the vessel was shooting a net approximately 150 nautical miles west of Ireland. Despite an extensive 21-hour search that involved other vessels and fixed-wing aircraft, the crew member was not found.

Safety issues
– The unwritten on board process for shooting nets was unsafe and required crew to work at height without appropriate guard rails or a safety harness and tether to protect them. Continue reading “MAIB report into the fatal Eder Sands man overboard incident”

Safety warning by MAIB following a fatal chain failure on scallop dredger Honeybourne III

fatal chain failure on scallop dredger Honeybourne III
fatal chain failure on scallop dredger Honeybourne III

On the night of 6 October 2023, a chain link in the lifting arrangement for the dredging gear that was suspended from the raised port derrick on the UK registered scallop dredger Honeybourne III (PD905) failed. The gear fell without warning and struck a deckhand working on the deck below; the deckhand suffered serious head injuries and died on board.

The configuration of a chain on Honeybourne III led over a static pin as part of the quick-release gear for the lifting arrangement is commonly used on board scallop dredgers Continue reading “Safety warning by MAIB following a fatal chain failure on scallop dredger Honeybourne III”

NTSB Investigation: Flooding and sinking of towed cargo vessel Carib Trader II

Image credit: Gordon Dalzell, shipspotting.com
Image credit: Gordon Dalzell, shipspotting.com

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released an investigation report on an incident where the towed cargo vessel Carib Trader II flooded and sunk in March 2022 in the Bahamas.

The Incident

​On March 6, 2022, about 1620 local time, near the Magallanes Bank, about 25 miles northwest of Santo Domingo Cay, Bahamas, the uncrewed general cargo vessel Carib Trader II took on water and sank while being towed by the towing vessel Capt. Beau, which had five crewmembers aboard. A small debris field was reported. There were no injuries. Damage to the vessel was estimated at $752,700. Continue reading “NTSB Investigation: Flooding and sinking of towed cargo vessel Carib Trader II”

Capsize and sinking of fishing vessel Crig-A-Tana

fishing vessel Crig-A-Tana capsized and sank
fishing vessel Crig-A-Tana capsized and sank

The is a completed preliminary assessment (PA) summary 1/24: Crig-A-Tana by the MAIB.

At 1207 on 12 November 2022, the UK registered 7.47m potter Crig-A-Tana rapidly capsized and foundered approximately 6 nautical miles (nm) south-east of Lizard Point, Cornwall, England while engaged in fishing operations. The two crew members were uninjured and there was no significant pollution as a result of the accident.

At about 0530 on 12 November 2022, Crig-A-Tana sailed from Cadgwith Cove, Cornwall, England with the skipper/owner Continue reading “Capsize and sinking of fishing vessel Crig-A-Tana”

Crane incidents

Crane incidents are the latest topic be addressed and assessed by Britannia Club
Crane incidents are the latest topic be addressed and assessed by Britannia Club

Crane incidents are the latest topic be addressed and assessed by Britannia Club in a special eight page guidance and advice document. The Club emphasizes the indispensable role of cranes in shipboard activities, facilitating efficient cargo handling and supporting diverse maritime functions.

Cranes play a vital role in shipboard operations, facilitating the efficient loading and unloading of cargo, and supporting various maritime activities. They are essential for lifting heavy loads, and their inspection, maintenance, and certification are crucial for ensuring the safety of personnel and the protection of valuable cargo. Continue reading “Crane incidents”

Personal locator devices can save lives

Personal locator devices can save lives says NTSB
Personal locator devices can save lives says NTSB

A Safety Alert has been published recently by The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) that highlights the fact that Personal Locator Devices can save a mariner’s life during an emergency. According to the NTSB, during an emergency at sea, a mariner’s chance of survival decreases if search and rescue cannot quickly and accurately identify their location. While many commercial vessels are required to carry emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs), this equipment does not provide the precise location of all individuals who may be in the water and drifting away from the vessel’s EPIRB position. Continue reading “Personal locator devices can save lives”

IACS Blue Book edition 2024 released

IACS Blue Book edition 2024 released
IACS Blue Book edition 2024 released

The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has released the 2024 edition of its IACS Blue Book.

The IACS Blue Book is an electronic library of all technical resolutions adopted by IACS as a result of its technical work and remains the core reference work for the Association containing, as it does, all previous revisions of IACS publications and historical data. It is updated and published once a year. The publication contains:
– IACS Unified Requirements which IACS members incorporate into their Rules. Continue reading “IACS Blue Book edition 2024 released”

New Zealand regulators prosecutes RoRo operator for maintenance issues

report into the incident aboard the RoRo ferry Kaitaki published
Report into the incident aboard the RoRo ferry Kaitaki published

New Zealand regulators have taken the highly unusual step of filing charges against the operator of a large inter-island ferry after the RoRo ferry Kaitaki, suffered a power failure. The charges now in a New Zealand court came after an extensive investigation by the regulator Maritime New Zealand as well as a critical report from the country’s Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) which called on Maritime New Zealand to address critical safety issues.

In a preliminary report into the incident aboard the RoRo ferry Kaitaki, TAIC found the operator KiwiRail Continue reading “New Zealand regulators prosecutes RoRo operator for maintenance issues”

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