An open letter to the worldwide yacht and boat manufacturing industry written by IIMS

IIMS would like to see the worldwide yacht and boat industry coming together to act responsibly with the treatment of latent defects
IIMS would like to see the worldwide yacht and boat industry coming together to act responsibly with the treatment of latent defects

All worldwide manufacturing industries fundamentally face the same basic key challenges. They must be competitive within the markets they operate in, which requires them to produce the best possible products within strict financial constraints, ensuring they make a profit to enable them to continue to invest in research and development to create new products.

Some manufacturers through choice approach this challenge by producing the best possible high-quality product with a top end price. They have a well-defined strategy of selling less units using a marketing approach to create a unique market position and a cachet around the brand. Put in simple terms, at the top end are the elite where only a limited amount of a product is manufactured with a high price tag. At the other end of the scale are the mass-produced, low-cost products with a throw away price tag by comparison.

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MAIB publishes the results of 25 incidents in its Safety Digest 2/2019

The second Safety Digest of the year, edition 2/2019, has been published by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB). It features the outcome of 25 incidents and accidents in digest format presented in a 71 page pdf which can be downloaded (see below).

Capt Andrew Moll says in his introduction, “As always, I will start my opening comments by thanking Hans Hederström, David Dickens and Keith Colwell for the introductions they have written for the three main sections of this edition of the MAIB’s Safety Digest. We ask guest introduction writers to make insightful comments from their own perspective and to pass on pearls of wisdom. They have not let us down. Do please take time to read their words which are, as ever, very powerful.

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World Sailing and ICOMIA set to join forces

World Sailing and ICOMIA set to join forces
World Sailing and ICOMIA set to join forces

World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport and ICOMIA, the global voice of the recreational marine industry, have joined forces to ensure a sustainable future for the sport.

World Sailing and ICOMIA have a shared vision to grow participant numbers whilst safeguarding the environment. As part of a memorandum of understanding (MOU), the two organisations will collaborate on a variety of common interest areas such as vessel recycling, hybrid propulsion and sustainable maintenance.

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Tug capsizes due to lack of training and oversight says report by TSB Canada

Tug capsizes
Tug capsizes

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada discusses a capsize incident where the tug George H Ledcor was towing another barge and resulted to the former’s capsize. The event resulted to a seriously injured crewmember and an unknown quantity of oil spill.

The George H Ledcor, on August 13th 2018, was towing the loaded gravel barge Evco 55, with the assist tug Westview Chinook pushing to an unloading facility in the north arm of the Fraser River, British Columbia.

At about 2210 local time, the George H Ledcor girded and capsized after being Continue reading “Tug capsizes due to lack of training and oversight says report by TSB Canada”

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