MAIB to carry out investigations for Very Serious Marine Casualties for ships registered with the Reg Category 1 registries

This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is established between the MAIB and, collectively, the Category 1 REG Marine Administrations of Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, the Isle of Man and Gibraltar.

In order to discharge obligations under the Casualty Investigation Code (set out by the International Maritime Organization, adopted under resolution MSC.255(84)), MAIB has agreed that it will carry out investigations for Very Serious Marine Casualties involving ships registered with the Category 1 REG Marine Administrations. These Continue reading “MAIB to carry out investigations for Very Serious Marine Casualties for ships registered with the Reg Category 1 registries”

Unacceptable levels of barnacle fouling found in over 40% of ships reveals I-Tech whitepaper

Barnacle fouling has been exacerbated by the pandemic says whitepaper
Barnacle fouling has been exacerbated by the pandemic says whitepaper

More than 40% of vessels were suffering from over 10% hard fouling coverage on the hull even before the idling of fleets caused by COVID-19. This is one of the key findings of hull fouling collection data in a study commissioned by I-Tech AB, the results of which are set out in a white paper entitled ‘Quantifying the scale of the barnacle fouling problem on the global shipping fleet’.

I-Tech contracted independent marine coating consultants, Safinah Group, to analyse underwater hull barnacle fouling conditions on a sample of 249 ships which drydocked over a four-year period between 2015-2019. The sample included Continue reading “Unacceptable levels of barnacle fouling found in over 40% of ships reveals I-Tech whitepaper”

Over 100 tons of fishing nets and plastic removed from the sea following Ocean Voyages Institute initiative

The Ocean Voyages Institute initiative has cleaned up over 100 tons of ocean debris
The Ocean Voyages Institute initiative has cleaned up over 100 tons of ocean debris

After a 48-day expedition, S/V KWAI, the marine plastic recovery vessel operated by the Ocean Voyages Institute, successfully removed 103 tons of fishing nets and consumer plastics from the North Pacific Subtropical Convergence Zone, more commonly known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch or Gyre.

Establishing its lead in open ocean clean-up, Ocean Voyages Institute has set a new record with the largest at sea clean-up in the Gyre to date, more than doubling its own results from last year. You can read more about the work of the organisation here.

“I am so proud of our hard working crew,” says Mary Crowley, founder and executive director of Ocean Voyages Institute. “We exceeded Continue reading “Over 100 tons of fishing nets and plastic removed from the sea following Ocean Voyages Institute initiative”

Terror takes to the water: British research vessel cargo tender launched

Terror, research vessel, launched
Terror, research vessel cargo tender, launched

Terror, the new 22-tonne cargo tender for the upcoming British research vessel Sir David Attenborough, was recently launched on the Exeter Ship Canal for her maiden voyage and to undergo a series of technical and engineering tests to check sea-worthiness, stability and crane operations.

The cargo tender will play a critical role onboard the polar research ship, Sir David Attenborough, which, in addition to its scientific role, will support the resupply of the five Antarctic research stations operated by British Antarctic Survey.

Terror will transfer food, fuel and science equipment to any locations where the water is too shallow for the new polar ship to approach. Continue reading “Terror takes to the water: British research vessel cargo tender launched”

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