Geo Therm Ltd picks up LR and ABS accreditation

Geo Therm Ltd picks up LR and ABS accreditation
Geo Therm Ltd picks up LR and ABS accreditation

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown the team behind Geo Therm Ltd has actively sought to gain the coveted Lloyds Register (LR) and American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) approved service supplier status, bolstering its existing ISO 9001:2015, FPAL and Safe Contractor accreditations.

As an independent third-party inspection company Geo Therm Ltd prides itself with performing condition monitoring inspections across the globe, to-date surveying in over 40 countries, as far north as the Arctic Circle to as far south as the Falkland Islands. The company has been supporting the offshore energy sector since 2002 with their inspection surveys to aid fleet with their safe systems of work remits, preventative maintenance, and regulatory commitments.

With the team was in lockdown, audit allocation and rechecking was undertaken online, ensuring all systems documents were current, fit for purpose and error free, while the actual LR and ABS audits being undertaken at Geo Therm Ltd’s premises in Reydon, Suffolk and the Continue reading “Geo Therm Ltd picks up LR and ABS accreditation”

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”

Over 100 Flag State detentions according to the USCG 2019 Annual Report

USCG: Over 100 Flag State detentions
USCG: Over 100 Flag State detentions

The USCG has published its 2019 Flag State Control Domestic Annual Report, summarizing statistics regarding inspections and enforcement of regulations on US-flagged vessels. In comparison to 2018, the number of vessel inspections increased by 1,423 and the average number of deficiencies identified per inspection has increased from 1.26 to 1.48. The report also found that there were over 100 Flag State detentions.

As a result, the overall US Flag fleet inspection total increased in 2019 by 7%. Additionally, the number of deficiencies issued increased by 25% from the 2018 calendar year report. Continue reading “Over 100 Flag State detentions according to the USCG 2019 Annual Report”

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