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Future-proofing through training – The Nautical Institute Command Seminars

Training and professional development needs to be addressed at the highest level if we are to continue to improve maritime safety, concluded attendees at The Nautical Institute’s 2017 Command Seminar series.

At the most recent event, held in Cyprus, attendees emphasised that it is important to ensure continuity in the maritime profession, making sure that seafarers make the most of new technology, while maintaining existing skills and knowledge. “New technologies will be used to support the Master’s decision, but mentoring and training need to be intensified in the new context of digitalisation,” said speaker Captain Alexander Legowski of OL Shipping.

Over the course of 2017, more than 500 people from a broad spectrum across the industry, from cadets to sailing Masters and senior industry figures, have attended The Nautical Institute’s five Command Seminars. The seminars were based around the theme of navigation accidents and their causes, looking in some detail at how the industry can best cope with the changes expected over the next 15 years. Continue reading “Future-proofing through training – The Nautical Institute Command Seminars”

New resolution for inspection of holds and tanks

Local correspondents’ Pandi Liquidadores S.R.L, have submitted an update to the UK P&I Club regarding the new SENASA resolution for the inspection of holds and tanks in Argentina.

The inspection of holds and tanks has been a longstanding problem within the industry, especially when an official inspection was required by the National Food and Grain Health Authority (SENASA), UK P&I Club states.

These problems have been a major concern of the new Authorities of SENASA who came into office at the beginning of 2016 and Continue reading “New resolution for inspection of holds and tanks”

MAIB report published into the cargo collapse on bulk carrier Graig Rotterdam resulting in one fatality

The Graig Rotterdam. Image courtesy of shipspotting.com
The Graig Rotterdam. Image courtesy of shipspotting.com

On 18 December 2016, the bulk carrier Graig Rotterdam was discharging a deck cargo of packaged timber at anchor in Alexandria Port, Egypt. At 1109, the bosun, a Chinese national, fell overboard and into a barge that was secured alongside after the timber deck cargo stack on which he was standing partially collapsed. Although the ship’s crew provided first-aid following the accident, the bosun later died of his injuries.

Safety Issues
Poor stevedoring practices probably contributed to the unsecured cargo stack collapsing, and no measures were in place to prevent the Continue reading “MAIB report published into the cargo collapse on bulk carrier Graig Rotterdam resulting in one fatality”

STQ opts to stay with water lubricated propeller shaft bearings

STQ says is will not move away from water lubricated propeller shaft bearings
STQ says is will not move away from water lubricated propeller shaft bearings

It is more than twenty years since Société des Traversiers du Québec (STQ) retrofitted Thordon Bearings’ water lubricated propeller shaft bearings to the double-ended ferries Armand-Imbeau and Jos-Dechênes, as part of an ambitious vessel modification project.

Since then, Thordon water lubricated bearings are the only propeller shaft bearings the Canadian ferry operator will specify. This, attests Stéphane Caouette, Director Maritime Services, STQ, is because “they are better for the environment and longer lasting than any oil-lubricated system. The COMPAC water lubricated propeller shaft bearing is the only bearing system we have on our vessels operating with conventional propeller shafts.”

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Conrad Shipyard announces that the largest superyacht ever built in Poland is nearing completion

Conrad Shipyard has released a statement to say that Poland's largest every superyacht new build project is nearing completion
Conrad Shipyard has released a statement to say that Poland’s largest every superyacht new build project is nearing completion

When one thinks of superyacht hubs, perhaps Poland is not the first country that springs to mind? But Conrad Shipyard has said that its largest ever new build, the Conrad C133, is finally nearing completion at its yard in Gdańsk, Poland. At 40m LOA, the C133 is not only Conrad’s largest project, but also the largest motor yacht ever built in Poland.

With construction currently running on schedule, her build has taken almost three years to complete. Her launch is planned for December 2017.

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