Offshore supply vessel Viking Princess
A hybrid energy system has been installed on board Viking Princess making it the first offshore supply vessel where batteries have reduced the number of generators on board. Viking Princess completed sea trials and the system was handed over to Eidesvik Offshore on October 9, 2017.
She provides supplies to oil rigs in the North Sea and Barents Sea. The five-year old vessel runs on LNG-powered Wärtsilä engines. Depending on the ongoing task and weather conditions, the engine load varies between 90 percent and 20 percent.
The International Group of P&I Clubs together with The Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) has published a new guide with advise on the safe carriage of charcoal and carbon in containers.
According to data, the local production of wood charcoal and carbon for domestic and export markets is about 53 million tonnes per year. These cargoes need to comply with the IMDG Code compliance and the aim of the guide is to highlight additional precautions to enhance their safe carriage.
Photo credit: AMSA
Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has issued a marine notice referring to the operation and maintenance of rescue boat outboard motors and highlights key issues that ship’s crew and operators should be aware of in this crucial area.
AMSA and Port Sate Control Officers (PSCOs) announced that they increasingly find that some crew members are unfamiliar with the operation and maintenance of outboard motors, which can result in poor performance or total failure of these motors. This is a risk that cannot be taken during a rescue operation, because the consequences could be catastrophic.
A quick reference guide on cargo fires and explosions has been published by the Swedish P&I Club
The Swedish P&I Club has published an excellent quick reference guide about the causes and prevention of cargo fires and explosions onboard. The guide focuses on self-heating. It explains the principles of self-heating as well as investigating several types of cargo fires and explosions, including those in vessels such as bulk cargoes, containers and tankers.
When a fire breaks out on board a vessel there is no fire service ready to assist in extinguishing it. So it is up to the crew themselves to manage and deal with the issue. The consequences can be catastrophic. All those who have worked on board a vessel are aware of the difficulties involved with managing a fire and the crucial importance of fire prevention.
On 20th March 2017, the MAIB opened a consultation to stakeholders to gather views on a new Marine Guidance Note (MGN) to replace MGN 458. The MGN provides guidance on the legal obligation to report marine casualties and marine incidents to the MAIB, as contained in The Merchant Shipping (Accident Reporting and Investigation) Regulations 2012. It describes the process and the information required for reporting.
The draft new MGN was divided into sections, designed for quick reference, being:
– A brief introduction
– Who Must Report