Marine notice issued by AMSA about how to maintain rescue boat outboard motors in good working order

Photo credit: AMSA

Photo credit: AMSA

Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has issued a marine notice referring to the operation and maintenance of rescue boat outboard motors and highlights key issues that ship’s crew and operators should be aware of in this crucial area.

AMSA and Port Sate Control Officers (PSCOs) announced that they increasingly find that some crew members are unfamiliar with the operation and maintenance of outboard motors, which can result in poor performance or total failure of these motors. This is a risk that cannot be taken during a rescue operation, because the consequences could be catastrophic.

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Swedish P&I Club launches quick reference guide on cargo fires and explosions

A quick reference guide on cargo fires and explosions has been published by the Swedish P&I Club

A quick reference guide on cargo fires and explosions has been published by the Swedish P&I Club

The Swedish P&I Club has published an excellent quick reference guide about the causes and prevention of cargo fires and explosions onboard. The guide focuses on self-heating. It explains the principles of self-heating as well as investigating several types of cargo fires and explosions, including those in vessels such as bulk cargoes, containers and tankers.

When a fire breaks out on board a vessel there is no fire service ready to assist in extinguishing it. So it is up to the crew themselves to manage and deal with the issue. The consequences can be catastrophic. All those who have worked on board a vessel are aware of the difficulties involved with managing a fire and the crucial importance of fire prevention.

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MAIB releases MGN 564 to replace MGN 458 describing how marine casualties and marine incidents should be reported

On 20th March 2017, the MAIB opened a consultation to stakeholders to gather views on a new Marine Guidance Note (MGN) to replace MGN 458. The MGN provides guidance on the legal obligation to report marine casualties and marine incidents to the MAIB, as contained in The Merchant Shipping (Accident Reporting and Investigation) Regulations 2012. It describes the process and the information required for reporting.

The draft new MGN was divided into sections, designed for quick reference, being:
– A brief introduction
– Who Must Report
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Feedback sought on the future of UK inland waterways boat licensing

Can you help the Canal & River Trust in the final stage of their consultation on the future of boat licensing?

Can you help the Canal & River Trust in the final stage of their consultation on the future of boat licensing?

The UK Canal & River Trust is asking all boaters and boating groups to take part in the final stage of their consultation on the future of boat licensing, which has remained little changed for the past 20 years.

A series of licensing options based, on the feedback given by boaters in the first stages of consultation held during the spring and summer, has been drawn up. Canal & River Trust is now emailing or writing to all licence holders and other boating groups and relevant organisations to invite them to take part. Once complete, a final proposal will be put forward, including details of when any changes will come into effect.

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Corvus Energy energy storage system selected for new multipurpose hybrid vessel

Rolls-Royce has chosen a Corvus Energy energy storage system for new a multipurpose hybrid vessel

Rolls-Royce has chosen a Corvus Energy energy storage system for new a multipurpose hybrid vessel

Corvus Energy has announced it has been selected by Rolls-Royce as the supplier of a lithium ion based energy storage system (ESS) for the Norwegian Coastal Administration’s new multipurpose vessel OV Ryvingen. The Orca Energy ESS from Corvus will supply electrical power for all-electric propulsion and for electrical needs while docked.

The OV Ryvingen is the Norwegian Coastal Administration’s second vessel to combine traditional diesel power with battery-driven operation and the fourth vessel in the Norwegian Coastal Administration’s fleet renewal programme, consisting of six to eight ships in Continue reading