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100 years on since the RNLI used tractors to launch lifeboats, the Institution looks back

Image credit: British Illustrations
Image credit: British Illustrations

RNLI lifeboats often take centre stage in rescues, however, many can’t launch without a tractor and the dedicated shore crew. Operators often launch the lifeboat in raging seas and darkness, and a safe, quick launch can make the difference between life and death. The lifeboat and crew might get the public’s attention, but the tractor and the shore crew are the unsung heroes who more than pull their weight – literally.

This year marks 100 years since the RNLI introduced tractors to launch its lifeboats and the technology nowadays – with the very latest Shannon Launch and Recovery System (SLRS) – is unrecognisable to all those years ago.

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Remote inspections accelerating to meet challenging times

Remote inspections accelerating to meet challenging times
Remote inspections accelerating to meet challenging times

Bureau Veritas’ white paper, entitled “Remote inspections – A solution for the present, an opportunity for the future” is now available and can be downloaded below. It outlines how important it is for companies to rely on remote inspections to ensure business continuity and thei vision goes much wider than the maritime sector and across industry in general.

Organizations worldwide are rethinking the way they do business, following the rapid acceleration of digitalization trends and uptake of remote working. This has created both challenges and opportunities across sectors, driving a shift towards remote inspection that has revealed multiple advantages says Bureau Veritas.

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DNV’s annual report: A year unlike any other

DNV’s annual report: A year unlike any other
DNV’s annual report: A year unlike any other

As one of the most challenging years in DNV’s 157-year history, the strong financial result is a testament to the strength and resilience of the company and the hard work and dedication of employees worldwide. DNV’s annual report 2020 detailing DNV’s financial and sustainability performance is now available. Group President & CEO Remi Eriksen noted in the annual report: “It is particularly when times are tough that I am reminded how proud I am to work for this company.”

As lockdowns began sweeping across the globe in early 2020, the uncertain prospects ahead led to tough decisions being taken by management. More than half of the workforce was placed on partial furloughs or salary cuts to quickly curb costs. Strong customer relationships and a swift shift to digital services such as remote surveys, inspections and audits, enabled DNV to continue to support customers’ operations. A robust IT infrastructure and significant investment in digitalization in previous years enabled the majority of Continue reading “DNV’s annual report: A year unlike any other”

Updated guidelines for the carriage of seed cake in containers issued

Updated guidelines for the carriage of seed cake in containers issued
Updated guidelines for the carriage of seed cake in containers issued

The International Group together with the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) have jointly released an updated version of the “Guidelines for the Carriage of Seed Cake in Containers”.

For reference, the term Seed Cake refers to pulp, meals, cake, pellets, expellers and other similar cargo where edible vegetable oils have been removed from oil-bearing seeds, cereals or commodities with similar properties. The carriage of Seed Cake cargoes continues to cause confusion and the potential for undeclared or misdeclared cargo remains high, with the consequent risk of fire on board container ships.

As the new version of the guidelines notes: It is vital that Seed Cake that is not classified in Class 4.2 of the IMDG Code. In fact, it should Continue reading “Updated guidelines for the carriage of seed cake in containers issued”

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