The International Maritime Ogranization (IMO) has published a new circular providing guidance for flag States regarding surveys and renewals of certificates during the COVID-19 pandemic. The circular notes that principles represent a step-based approach to an informed decision-making process which respects the existing regulatory regime, and which can result in an evidence based assessment for the justification of the extension of a certificate.
To help ensure the safe maintenance of gas-fueled ships, the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF) has published new guidance on work practices for maintenance, repair and dry-dock operations for ships that use gas/LNG as fuel.
As an increasing number of ships switch to using gas as a fuel, owners will need to be prepared for when their gas-fueled ships undergo routine maintenance in dry dock. While cargo is normally removed from a vessel as part of the drydocking process, sometimes fuel is not.
A preliminary inspection of cargo ship APL England, which lost 40 containers in rough seas, has discovered a major defect and serious concerns with how the load was secured. Australia Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) inspectors found lashing arrangements were inadequate and securing points on the deck of the ship were heavily corroded.
ASMA general manager of operations, Allan Schwartz, says the inspection is continuing but the findings so far are in breach of maritime safety regulations. He says the ship has been detained at the Port of Brisbane.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has published an investigation report into the capsizing of a tug, revealing that the vessel did not operate under a Safety Management System (SMS), and the crew did not have procedures for identifying or mitigating hazards.
On October 1, 2019, Seaspan ULC deployed the tug Sheena M to tow the loaded wood-chip barge Seaspan 566 from Terminal Forest Products’ facility in Langdale, BC, to Howe Sound Pulp and Paper Mills in Port Mellon, BC. At approximately 1237, the tug along with the barge departed the Terminal Forest Products Continue reading “SMS not adhered to – investigation of capsized tug finds”