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MV Mona fire: Transport Malta issues the report

MV Mona was transiting the Aegean Sea when a fire broke out in the engine room
MV Mona was transiting the Aegean Sea when a fire broke out in the engine room

Transport Malta has published an investigation report about an incident that took place on 14 September 2022. The vessel MV Mona was transiting the Aegean Sea, en route to a dry dock in Tuzla, Türkiye, when a fire broke out in the engine-room. Flames were observed rising above the main engine’s cylinder unit no. 2.

On 11 September 2022, MV Mona departed in ballast condition from the port of Ashdod, Israel, bound for a scheduled dry docking in Tuzla, Türkiye. On 14 September, the vessel was transiting the Aegean Sea, between the Greek islands, and was expected to arrive at Tuzla the next day. The voyage had been uneventful until around 1715 Continue reading “MV Mona fire: Transport Malta issues the report”

Containership MSC Rita and fishing vessel collision report published

Containership MSC Rita and fishing vessel collision report published
Containership MSC Rita and fishing vessel collision report published

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its investigation report on the collision between containership MSC Rita and fishing vessel Tremont which happened on October 28, 2022.

On October 28, 2022, about 0036 local time, the containership MSC Rita and the fishing vessel Tremont were underway in the Atlantic Ocean, 55 miles southeast of Chincoteague, Virginia, when the two vessels collided. The 13 people aboard the Tremont abandoned the vessel and were rescued by Good Samaritan vessels and a US Coast Guard helicopter. No injuries were reported. Continue reading “Containership MSC Rita and fishing vessel collision report published”

Milagro Investigation: Serious burn injuries to a crew member

Simulation of what happened aboard Milagro
Simulation of what happened aboard Milagro

Transport Malta has published an investigation report in response to an incident that took place aboard Milagro on 26 September 2022. Whilst Milagro was drifting outside the Republic of Korea’s territorial waters, the fitter was assigned to replace a leaking hydraulic pipe on the main deck. An oxy-acetylene torch was used to cut the Ubolts, which secured the pipe to the pipe supports on the deck.

Whilst cutting the last U-bolt, which was close to the forward flange, the pipe slipped off its supports. Oil from the pipe splashed onto the fitter and immediately ignited. Continue reading “Milagro Investigation: Serious burn injuries to a crew member”

Lithium-ion battery safety: A series of fires on recreational vessels have been linked to lithium-ion battery powered devices

Lithium-ion battery safety is in the news following a spate of fires.
Lithium-ion battery safety is in the news following a spate of fires.

Lithium-ion battery safety is in the news again. Responding to this emerging safety issue for boat owners, Nautilus Marine Insurance has interviewed a panel of independent experts for an article within the latest issue of Nautilus Marine Magazine to share their technical advice.

Commenting on the lithium-ion battery safety initiative Lyndon Turner, CEO of Nautilus Marine Insurance and Publisher of Nautilus Marine Magazine, said that “Nautilus Marine Insurance sees the safety of boat owners as our number one priority. We recognise the desire of boat owners and those in the wider marine Continue reading “Lithium-ion battery safety: A series of fires on recreational vessels have been linked to lithium-ion battery powered devices”

Leisure boaters move closer to using subsidised biofuel in battle to decarbonise waterways

Leisure boaters move closer to using subsidised biofuel
Leisure boaters move closer to using subsidised biofuel

A subsidised biofuel, which will help decarbonise the waterways, has been given the green light for more widespread use on leisure boats by the UK Government. DfT provided written clarification over the Renewable Transport Fuel Certificates (RTFC’s) subsidy after the HVO Joint Working Party – representing Inland Waterways Association (IWA), RYA and the Cruising Association – met with officials from the DfT in Westminster, London, UK.

Leisure boaters looking to reduce their carbon footprint while cruising will be able to take greater advantage of a government managed Continue reading “Leisure boaters move closer to using subsidised biofuel in battle to decarbonise waterways”

Draft survey practical guidance published by Britannia P&I Club

Draft survey practical guidance published by Britannia P&I Club
Draft survey practical guidance published by Britannia P&I Club

This essential practical guidance issued by Britannia P&I Club provides an overview of the key concepts and considerations involved in conducting a draft survey for ships.

Draft surveys play a crucial role in determining the quantity of cargo loaded onto a ship. While based on the simple principle of Archimedes’ law of floatation, the calculation process can be complex due to the ship’s shape, non-linear changes in draft due to hog and sag, and external weather conditions. Continue reading “Draft survey practical guidance published by Britannia P&I Club”

Enclosed spaces on ships claim the lives of eight people in one week

Enclosed spaces on ships claim eight lives in just one week
Enclosed spaces on ships claim eight lives in just one week

With eight deaths in a week as a result of enclosed spaces on ships, InterManager has called on the shipping industry to work together to improve safety in these challenging onboard areas.

Three seafarers and five shore workers died over one week in accidents in enclosed spaces on ships, bringing this year’s known deaths to a total of 31, although the reporting process can be slow. InterManager, the international trade association for the ship and crew management sector, keeps records of these incidents on behalf of the wider shipping community, sharing them with regulators in its role as a non-governmental organisation (NGO) member of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Continue reading “Enclosed spaces on ships claim the lives of eight people in one week”

Coal cargoes: Safety protocols for managing methane emission risks

Safety protocols for managing methane emission risks in coal cargoes
Safety protocols for managing methane emission risks in coal cargoes

According to Gitana Røyset, Claims Executive, Arendal, global coal consumption climbed to an all-time high in 2022 and is on track for a record-breaking 2023 and 2024.

This article refers to the safety measures needed to reduce the risk of fire and explosion when dealing with coal cargoes.

Gard highlights that coal is a fossil fuel with varying properties, depending on its source and handling before it is loaded aboard ship. Some coals can self-heat, and some emit methane – characteristics that can create fire and explosion risks to the crew, vessel and cargo. Gard has had several cases involving problematic coal cargoes, particularly those originating in Indonesia. Continue reading “Coal cargoes: Safety protocols for managing methane emission risks”

Seadogz report – An accident waiting to happen is MAIB finding into fatal RIB crash

Seadogz report published - an accident waiting to happen says the MAIB
Seadogz report published – an accident waiting to happen says the MAIB

The Seadogz report into an accident on the morning of 22 August 2020 when the commercially operated rigid inflatable boat (RIB) crashed into a 4.5m high, 5-ton channel marker in Southampton Water at a speed of 38.4 knots has been published. The RIB’s engine stopped abruptly and two of the passengers were catapulted overboard into the water, where their lifejackets inflated.

All eleven passengers and the skipper were treated in hospital, most for substantial impact injuries. One, a 15-year-old passenger, had sustained severe injuries when she was thrown against the handhold directly in front of the bench seat. She died in hospital that afternoon.

Continue reading “Seadogz report – An accident waiting to happen is MAIB finding into fatal RIB crash”

World Boating Day initiative unveiled by The Superyacht Life Foundation

World Boating Day initiative unveiled by The Superyacht Life Foundation
World Boating Day initiative unveiled by The Superyacht Life Foundation

World Boating Day, an initiative from The Superyacht Life Foundation, has unveiled further details of the project following its launch at the Monaco Yacht Show 2023.

With the aim of opening the doors of introducing and educating the wider public on what boating is, The Superyacht Life Foundation says World Boating Day is a unique, global experience which will bring industry professionals and the public together on an unprecedented scale in a celebration of everything boating and everything that the industry behind it offers.

To date 15 superyacht builders and one marina have pre-registered for the inaugural event, which will take place on the weekend of 25-26 May 2024. Continue reading “World Boating Day initiative unveiled by The Superyacht Life Foundation”

IIMS President raises concerns about the growing tick box culture of marine survey reporting

Marine survey reporting techniques are under the spotlight
Marine survey reporting techniques are under the spotlight

Tick box marine survey reporting is becoming far more common than it used to be. That is the view of Peter Broad, President of the International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS). But are tick box marine survey reports fit for purpose, or are they lazy reporting?

There are Advantages and limitations

Advantages:

1. Standardisation: They provide a standardised framework for conducting inspections, ensuring that essential aspects of a vessel are systematically checked. Continue reading “IIMS President raises concerns about the growing tick box culture of marine survey reporting”

IMO Maritime Safety Committee set to commence a thorough STCW review

IMO Maritime Safety Committee set to commence a thorough STCW review
IMO Maritime Safety Committee set to commence a thorough STCW review

To align seafarer training, certification, and watchkeeping with evolving trends in the shipping industry and to tackle various challenges encountered by seafarers, the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has decided to initiate a thorough STCW review and update of the Convention and Code.

The STCW review will go through several phases, with a view to be completed and adopted by the autumn of 2027.

IMO has announced a roadmap for the comprehensive review that will start in February 2024. The Organization, as part of the 2010 Manila Amendments, Continue reading “IMO Maritime Safety Committee set to commence a thorough STCW review”

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