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ClassNK Annual Port State Control report

Recently published, the annual Port State Control (PSC) report from ClassNK reveals that in 2022 a total of 1,214 detainable deficiencies were reported and 313 detentions were made. Issues around fire safety topped the list and worryingly show a big increase over the previous year.

The Annual Report summarises deficiencies identified during PSC inspections carried out in various countries around the world. This report is prepared with the objective of building awareness of the present state of PSC and thereby improving future onboard maintenance and inspections as well as Safety Management Systems. Continue reading “ClassNK Annual Port State Control report”

Safety Advisory Notice: Transportation of electric vehicles containing lithium batteries damaged by extreme weather events

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has issued this safety advisory notice to inform the public and raise awareness of the risks involved in the transportation of electric vehicles (EVs) powered by installed lithium batteries that may have been damaged due to submersion in waters during extreme weather events. When transported in commerce, EVs containing these damaged batteries may present particularly significant hazards to the public, including property damage, injury, and even death. Our intention with this notice is to prevent those things from happening. Continue reading “Safety Advisory Notice: Transportation of electric vehicles containing lithium batteries damaged by extreme weather events”

10th edition Shipping Law Review 2023 published by HFW

The aim of the tenth edition of this book is to provide those involved in handling shipping disputes with an overview of the key issues relevant to multiple jurisdictions. As with previous editions of The Shipping Law Review, we begin with cross-jurisdictional chapters looking at the latest developments in important areas for the shipping industry, including international trade sanctions, ocean logistics, offshore, piracy, shipbuilding, ports and terminals, marine insurance, environmental and regulatory issues, decommissioning and ship finance.

We have invited contributions on the law of leading maritime nations, including both major flag states and the countries in which most shipping companies are located. Continue reading “10th edition Shipping Law Review 2023 published by HFW”

Planning and preparation vital to reduce man overboard fatalities

At a special event to mark UK Maritime Safety Week event, a demonstration of man overboard recovery techniques highlighted how little time there is to effect a successful rescue.

MAIB, (Marine Accident Investigation Branch), analysis has revealed that, on average, crew have under 11 minutes to recover someone who has fallen overboard into cold water before they become unresponsive. The analysis of 20 accidents that occurred between 2017 and 2021 shows that the time decreases as the water becomes colder or the sea state rougher. In some cases, crew had just 4 or 5 minutes to coordinate a complex recovery under extreme pressure. Continue reading “Planning and preparation vital to reduce man overboard fatalities”

Black Sea MoU Port State Control Annual Report 2022

The Black Sea MoU has published its Annual Report on Port State Control in the Black Sea region, covering the period between 1st January and 31st December 2022.

Over the course of the 2022 calendar year, 4,972 inspections, involving 3,501 individual ships, were carried out on ships registered by 77 Flag Administrations in the Black Sea Region. The war in Ukraine has heavily affected shipping in the Black Sea Region, including Ukrainian ports. In early 2022, before the onset of the war on 24 February, the number of inspections (958) returned to the pre-Covid and was slightly more than the total number of inspections in this period of 2019 (848). Continue reading “Black Sea MoU Port State Control Annual Report 2022”

2022 Paris MoU Annual Report published

The Paris MoU has published its 2022 Annual Report, which provides an overview of its activities and statistics for last year. According to the report ship inspections have normalised compared to the two previous years. Inspections could be carried out again at a level that is customary for the Paris MoU.

COVID-19 was no longer a major concerns on imposing restrictions. However, the information on inspection results from 2022 was difficult to compare with the two previous years because of the different circumstances regarding numbers of inspections and deficiencies due to the pandemic. Continue reading “2022 Paris MoU Annual Report published”

Documentary series Coastguard: Every Second Counts set to air from 2 July

For the first time, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is bringing a TV audience a behind-the-scenes documentary series. The new series, Coastguard: Every Second Counts, which rund for six episodes will air on Sunday 2 July at 9pm on Channel 5. It offers viewers the chance to see the wide breadth of work covered by the agency.

From the surveyors who check the safety of vessels to the nail-biting rescues HM Coastguard carry out, viewers will see that safety always underpins the work across the agency. The MCA granted full and exclusive access to TV crews for 12 months to allow time to provide insight into the varied, complex and, at times, tragic work of the maritime regulator in the UK. Continue reading “Documentary series Coastguard: Every Second Counts set to air from 2 July”

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has released its annual report for the fiscal year 2022-23

This article has been extracted from the much longer main report and covers specific aspects of marine transportation safety.

The TSB received 1209 reports of marine transportation occurrences in 2022 (241 accidents and 968 incidents), including seven fatalities.

The total of 241 marine transportation accidents represents an increase from the 220 accidents in 2021 but is lower than the 10-year average of 276. In 2022, 82% of accidents were shipping accidents (when a ship, for example, sinks, founders, or capsizes), the same as the previous 10-year average (82%). The remaining 18% of accidents in 2022 were aboard a ship (when a person was killed or seriously injured when, for example, boarding a ship or by falling overboard), also the same as the previous 10-year average (18%). Continue reading “The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has released its annual report for the fiscal year 2022-23”

MAIB report published into the death of one person overboard from stern trawler Copious

At about 0300 on 18 February 2021, a deckhand fell overboard from the twin rig stern trawler Copious (LK 985) approximately 30 nautical miles south-east of the Shetland Islands. The deckhand was conscious, wearing a lifejacket and was quickly brought alongside the vessel. However, the crew’s attempts to recover the casualty back on board were unsuccessful. He was unresponsive when recovered from the water by a coastguard helicopter and pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.

Safety Issues
– The deckhand fell overboard while attempting a repair to the trawl gear. There was no attempt to stop and consider the repair and the activity was not effectively risk assessed or mitigated. Continue reading “MAIB report published into the death of one person overboard from stern trawler Copious”

Cracks in a muffler led to fire on towing vessel reveals NTSB report

Cracks in a muffler coupled with the use of combustible materials in accommodation spaces caused a fire on a towing vessel last year on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway near Freeport, Texas, is the key finding in the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) report.

On June 25, 2022, the towing vessel, Mary Dupre, left Port Comfort, Texas, bound for Houston. She was pushing a single barge loaded with bio-diesel fuel. The fire broke out the following day. No injuries were reported, and nearby Good Samaritan towing vessels retrieved the barge, extinguished the fire, and evacuated the crewmembers. However, the Mary Dupre was a total loss, with damages estimated at $1 million. Continue reading “Cracks in a muffler led to fire on towing vessel reveals NTSB report”

Engine Room Safety Alert: Pipe Compression fittings and Fire Prevention

Engine Room Safety Alert released by Lloyd’s Register

Lloyd’s Register has released an Engine Room Safety Alert following the conclusions of a recent maritime safety report by Federal Bureau. It has again highlighted the need for constant vigilance, maintenance and safety procedures. In particular, care is required when positioning and fitting compression fittings involving possible flammable liquids and oils that can impinge on nearby hot surfaces, which then combine to ignite, causing a serious fire in the engine room/machinery space.

Having investigated the fire in the main engine room of the German flagged ferry, Continue reading “Engine Room Safety Alert: Pipe Compression fittings and Fire Prevention”

Fund Britain’s Waterways makes urgent call on Government to stop inland waterways falling into disrepair

Fund Britain’s Waterways makes urgent call on Government

Britain’s unique and well-loved network of canals and navigable rivers is deteriorating because of inadequate funding. At a time of unprecedented challenges caused by the climate emergency and high inflation, the government is failing to respond. Fund Britain’s Waterways (FBW), a coalition of organisations representing hundreds of thousands of users and supporters of inland waterways, is campaigning for national and local governments to act now and protect our waterways’ public benefit and natural capital.

Management of Britain’s 5,000 miles of navigable inland waterways is fragmented. The Canal & River Trust (CRT) is responsible for Continue reading “Fund Britain’s Waterways makes urgent call on Government to stop inland waterways falling into disrepair”

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