Swedish Club reports a rescue boat drill ending with injuries due to a lack of SMS manual

Swedish Club reports a rescue boat drill incident
Swedish Club reports a rescue boat drill incident

The Swedish Club has highlighted an incident in its July safety bulletin about the bizarre case of a vessel that conducted a rescue boat drill resulting in an incident as the company had no specific instructions in the training manual, SMS, PMS as to how the rescue boat should be launched.

The vessel concerned was in port and the Master wanted to conduct a rescue boat drill as none had been completed since the vessel was delivered a month earlier. According to the report, the weather was favourable and the harbour authority had given the vessel clearance to launch and maneuver the rescue boat in the harbour. Continue reading “Swedish Club reports a rescue boat drill ending with injuries due to a lack of SMS manual”

Can UK waterways business be saved?

“The patient is being left to die.” Those were the stark words used by Paul Rodgers to describe how grave he sees the situation that UK holiday hire companies, boatyards, boatbuilders, training operations, marinas, boat clubs and other waterways businesses find themselves in thanks to the collapse in business following the COVID-19 related shutdown.

There are now fears among waterways bodies of the demise of much of the sector as a result of the loss of this summer’s business – unless an immediate rescue package is put together.

Continue reading “Can UK waterways business be saved?”

NTSB investigation identifies lack of a towing safety management system

NTSB has published an investigation report into an incident with crane barge
NTSB has published an investigation report into an incident with crane barge

NTSB has published an investigation report into an incident when a crane barge U1510, pushed by the towing vessel Goose Creek, made contact with overhead powerlines on the Elizabeth River in June 2019. The report has highlighted poor company oversight and the lack of a towing safety management system.

At 1134 local time on June 20, 2019, the crane barge U1510 (with three persons onboard), being pushed by the towing vessel Goose Creek (with three crew members onboard), struck three overhead power transmission lines while transiting to Precon Marine on the southern branch of the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake, Virginia.

There was neither pollution nor injuries. Damage to the powerlines and crane barge was estimated at $226,204. Continue reading “NTSB investigation identifies lack of a towing safety management system”

Bureau Veritas completes a remote marine survey on LNG dual fuel harbour tug PSA Aspen

Bureau Veritas completes a remote marine survey
Bureau Veritas completes a remote marine survey

Bureau Veritas Marine Singapore (BV), in collaboration with PSA Marine (Pte) Ltd (PSA Marine), has successfully completed a remote marine survey on ‘PSA Aspen’, an LNG dual fuel harbour tug. Supported by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the project marks the first time a harbour tug registered under the Singapore Registry of Ships has undergone a fully accredited annual survey conducted remotely, without a surveyor physically present onboard the vessel.

Marine services provider and vessel owner, PSA Marine, has been working with leading classification Continue reading “Bureau Veritas completes a remote marine survey on LNG dual fuel harbour tug PSA Aspen”

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