Boat building in the US has ramped back up after the Coronavirus forced shutdowns at many plants, according to the latest statistics from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). According to the NMMA’s latest Monthly Shipment Report, wholesale boat shipments increased for the second consecutive month in June, up 60% compared to May, as boat building activity ratcheted back up following lockdown restrictions during the early days of the pandemic response. However, the big resurgence in sales is not likely to make up for the interruption in boat sale for the year overall. Compared to June 2019, wholesale shipments are down 5%.
Yves Vandenborn, of the Standard Club, asks why enclosed space entry fatalities are still happening on a regular basis. This article is reprinted from the July/August edition of Maritime Risk International.
Despite the well-known risks and the numerous publications and articles available on the topic, enclosed space entry fatalities continue to account for a significant proportion of deaths at sea to date. More drastic measures are required if the industry wishes to turn this tide.
The Workboat Association has published a good practice guide and it is printed and ready for distribution.
“The Carriage of Dangerous Goods on Workboats good practice guide has been developed between the industry and regulators, providing a zero to hero knowledge on both the regulations and best practice associated with the transport of Dangerous Goods by sea on board Workboats,” said Kerrie Forster, Workboat Association CEO.
Written with Seafarers, the vessel management, stakeholders and end-clients all in mind, this guide is set to be an unmissable tool from the education and training of those wishing to operate, work with or contract workboats of any nature.
A recent education paper exploring maritime accidents and how they can have prevented if regulations are followed has been entered into the Congressional Record. The educational maritime paper, titled Spotlight on Safety: Why Accidents Are Often Not Accidental, discusses major marine accidents and tragedies.
The paper looks at causal effects behind calamities that could have been prevented if promulgated Maritime Regulations were followed.
“In the shipping economy, however, commercial pressures may lead to conflicts with the regulatory regime. It is therefore no surprise that failure to comply with the regulatory regime is a factor in many maritime casualties,” the paper reads.