BASS: New App set to ease the ship inspection process and paperwork

BASS has released a new mobile inspection app
BASS has released a new mobile inspection app

Norwegian maritime software company BASS has released a new mobile inspection app, which lets vessel and shore-based personnel go digital when conducting audits and inspections on site. It is fully integrated with the company’s core BASSnet™ SAFIR (Safety & Improvement Reporting) system, including predefined checklists and audit guides.

“Mobile apps have changed the way we approach everyday tasks, and it’s no different when it comes to safety checks,” says Per Steinar Upsaker, CEO and managing director of BASS. “Using predefined templates on-site means standardization of inspection checklists across the company and fleet. Updates can then be Continue reading “BASS: New App set to ease the ship inspection process and paperwork”

EPIRB required on commercial vessels by AMSA from January 2021

AMSA requires commercial vessels to carry EPIRB
AMSA requires commercial vessels to carry EPIRB

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has made some changes to legislation that will require certain types of commercial vessels, including trawlers, to carry float-free Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB) from 1 January 2021.

The new legislation follows the number of capsized incidents that took place in Australian waters between 2015-2017, highlighting that none of these commercial vessels were equipped with a means of automatically alerting search and rescue authorities to their unfolding plight. Continue reading “EPIRB required on commercial vessels by AMSA from January 2021”

Transport Malta: Report issued into the sinking of fishing vessel Zaira in heavy weather

Transport Malta issues report
Transport Malta issues report

Transport Malta has published its investigation report on the sinking of the fishing vessel Zaira in Marsascala Bay, resulting in death of two fishermen on 4 May 2019. The findings from the investigation show that the vessel sank after flooding of compartments and a loss of stability in heavy weather.

On 4th May, Zaira was heading towards Valletta to seek shelter from inclement weather. The vessel was around 3.5 nautical miles from Valletta, when a high wave from the East caused it to heel heavily to the port side. Eventually, a second wave caused the vessel to heel further to port and she started to take in water through her hull openings. The fishermen lost control of their vessel and had to abandon it.

The combined wind and wave action caused the vessel to drift towards Marsascala Bay, where it eventually Continue reading “Transport Malta: Report issued into the sinking of fishing vessel Zaira in heavy weather”

INTERCARGO publishes Bulk Carrier Casualty Report

INTERCARGO publishes Bulk Carrier Casualty Report
INTERCARGO publishes Bulk Carrier Casualty Report

The INTERCARGO Bulk Carrier Casualty Report provides an analysis of casualty statistics covering the years 2010 to 2019. Over that period, thirty-nine bulk carriers with 173 seafarers were reported lost, based on available reports of total losses and constructive total losses from public sources and IMO’s GISIS.

Cargo shift and/or liquefaction has been one of the greatest concerns for the safe carriage of dry bulk over Continue reading “INTERCARGO publishes Bulk Carrier Casualty Report”

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