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Boat owners beware of sticky fuel

Image courtesy RCR
Image courtesy RCR

Over the past year, River Canal Rescue, says it’s witnessed an uncharacteristic peak in fuel-related component breakdowns due to a new problem callled ‘sticky fuel’. RCR said its marine engineers now respond to two-three cases per week on the inland waterways and managing director, Stephanie Horton, is keen to alert the wider marine community to the issue.

“We first became aware of sticky fuel when we had two identical jobs where fuel injectors were diagnosed as needing an overhaul, yet their replacements stopped working within a week, and the injection pumps were found to have failed even though the diesel was clear and bright,” she said. Continue reading “Boat owners beware of sticky fuel”

Lessons learned from wet damage steel product claims

Avoidable claims related to the carriage of finished and semi-finished steel products which continue to remain an issue.
Avoidable claims related to the carriage of finished and semi-finished steel products which continue to remain an issue.

John Southam, Loss Prevention Executive, and David Richards, Director (Claims), both from North P&I Club, offer lessons learned and discuss avoidable claims related to the carriage of finished and semi-finished steel products which continue to remain an issue.

The issues highlighted by North P&I include the importance of recording the preload condition and defending yourself against allegations of unseaworthiness with strong evidence.

In some recent cases it became apparent that the preload condition of the steel cargo was poor, whether it was physical damage through impact or corrosion damage from wetting. And when such damage to the cargo is noted at discharge, a high value claim can result. Continue reading “Lessons learned from wet damage steel product claims”

Risk and resilience guidelines for ports, harbors and terminals published

The International Association of Ports & Harbors (IAPH) has published its new risk and resilience guidelines for ports, as well as details of a new risk inventory portal aimed at sharing best practices on risk mitigation and management for ports.

According to ISO 31000 (2018), risk is the effect of uncertainty on achieving the objectives, often quantified as the Likelihood of the occurrence of an event multiplied by its Impact (L x I). While risk is generally perceived as a negative thing, we should keep in mind that it can just as well be a positive outcome, linked to a certain likelihood (i.e. an opportunity). Continue reading “Risk and resilience guidelines for ports, harbors and terminals published”

New ‘smart yacht’ forum planned for Monaco

A new event focusing on smart yachts from 24m (79ft) and above is scheduled to be held from March 23-24 at the Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM).

The 1st Monaco Smart Yacht Rendezvous is being organised by M3 (Monaco Marina Management), a Monegasque consultancy specialised in eco-marinas, and follows on from the success of its Monaco Smart & Sustainable Marina Rendezvous held in advance of the Monaco Yacht Show 2022.

With this new event, M3 wants to promote sustainable solutions for superyachts, Continue reading “New ‘smart yacht’ forum planned for Monaco”

IMB Piracy Report January-December 2022

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) calls for efforts to be sustained worldwide as maritime piracy and armed robbery attacks reached their lowest recorded level in almost three decades.

The IMB’s annual piracy report recorded 115 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in 2022 – compared to 132 in 2021 – with half of them occurring in Southeast Asian waters, particularly in the Singapore Straits, where incidents continue to rise. Continue reading “IMB Piracy Report January-December 2022”

Announcing the Ian Nicolson Lecture: Your invitation to attend

Image credit: The Helensburgh Advertiser
Image credit: The Helensburgh Advertiser

One of the more interesting nonagenarians you are likely to meet is Ian Nicolson C.Eng. FRINA HonMIIMS, a marine surveyor based in Scotland, who is not your average ninety-plus-year-old. For one thing, he has been marine surveying for over 70 years – in itself a remarkable feat.

IIMS is delighted to be hosting the Ian Nicolson Lecture “Lessons learned from 78 years of marine surveying” live on Thursday 13th April between 10.30 and 12.30 (UK time). The lecture is open to anyone who wishes to attend. Continue reading “Announcing the Ian Nicolson Lecture: Your invitation to attend”

Great care should be taken when containers are loaded on vessels

container losses are the focus of a recent communiqué from the American Club
Container losses are the focus of a recent communiqué from the American Club

In a recent communiqué from the American Club, it focuses on container losses in general. This is a phenomenon that is much too common the Club says and needs addressing.

Containers are routinely being lost at sea from container ships, from barges, and from non-cellular vessels carrying containers. There are several causes including incorrect container weight declarations by shippers, improper weight distributions in the stow, cargo misdeclarations, inadequate packing of cargo inside the containers, inadequate stowage plans, and inadequate cargo securing. Continue reading “Great care should be taken when containers are loaded on vessels”

New report reveals that the use of digital tools onboard is positively perceived

As part of this project, the two partners, The European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA) and the Euopean Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) wanted to investigate the increased use of digital tools on board and the possible benefits and /or improvements to shipboard safety and welfare. As a result of the survey, there are a number of recommendations made which are summarised at the end of this article.

The research starting point was a desk-based exercise to map out and analyse existing research findings. To get detailed insights as regards life on board, and the impact of increased digitalisation, the research targeted those with first hand experience through online surveys. Continue reading “New report reveals that the use of digital tools onboard is positively perceived”

Warning: Crane components must comply with manufacturer recommendations

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has published details of a potentially serious near-miss recently which occurred on a Gulf of Mexico energy facility. While using the platform crane to suspend a wireline lubricator, the pin holding the hook on the crane stinger backed out, resulting in the hook and lubricator falling.

The incident investigation found that the cotter pin at the end of the hook pin had sheared, which allowed the washer to fall and the pin to back out. Continue reading “Warning: Crane components must comply with manufacturer recommendations”

Water flood in cargo hold case study

There was a water flood into a cargo hold after crew washed the main deck
There was a water flood into a cargo hold after crew washed the main deck

According to the Swedish Club’s latest monthly safety scenario, water was flooding from the cargo hold, after the crew of a containership were washing down the main deck and cargo hatches. Here are the learnings.

It was morning and outside there was a light breeze and some drizzle. The crew of the container vessel was preparing to wash down the main deck and cargo hatches before arrival in port the same afternoon. They had the rare opportunity to do this as there were no containers on deck, only in the cargo hold. Continue reading “Water flood in cargo hold case study”

New law will improve DUKW boats’ safety, says NTSB chair

Photo: NTSB showing Miss Majestic in Hot Springs, Ark., in 1999, where 13 lives were lost
Photo: NTSB showing Miss Majestic in Hot Springs, Ark., in 1999, where 13 lives were lost

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chair, Jennifer Homendy, has welcomed maritime safety improvements in the James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023, which the President signed into law at the end of last year.

The legislation advances NTSB recommendations for amphibious vessels known as DUKW boats and requires the U.S. Coast Guard to provide an initial response to new NTSB recommendations within 90 days.

“We applaud lawmakers for their bold action to improve DUKW boat safety, something the NTSB has been concerned about Continue reading “New law will improve DUKW boats’ safety, says NTSB chair”

Frazer Tintern return line fuel leak causes fire is report finding

Report on ferry fire aboard "Frazer Tintern" released
Report on ferry fire aboard “Frazer Tintern” released

The Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB), the Irish government agency for investigating maritime accidents and incidents, has released its report on the ferry fire that broke out onboard the “Frazer Tintern” midway between Ballyhack, Co. Wexford and Passage East, Co. Waterford.

On the morning of 5 August 2021 a deck crewmember of the ferry “Frazer Tintern” reported to the Master that he smelled diesel fumes coming from the No.1/No.4 engine compartment. Upon further visual investigation, a diesel fuel leak was discovered where a fuel return line had become disconnected on the No.1 engine. Continue reading “Frazer Tintern return line fuel leak causes fire is report finding”

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