Accommodation Ladder Failures Are Rare, but Pose a Real Risk

July 8, 2019
Accommodation Ladder Failures Are Rare, but Pose a Real Risk

Accommodation ladder failures, although rare, are certainly not unheard of and numerous lives have been lost as a result. Risks involved in rigging and securing accommodation ladders should be duly accounted for.

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Know What to Do When a Someone Falls Overboard

July 5, 2019
Know What to Do When a Someone Falls Overboard

One of the principal tasks for a man overboard (MOB) incident is getting the ship turned around and back to the incident area in

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The Consortia Block Exemption Regulation: Continue or Repeal?

July 4, 2019
The Consortia Block Exemption Regulation: Continue or Repeal?

The current legal framework exempts container carriers from the generally applicable EU competition rules prohibiting anti-competitive agreements between companies. The European Union must decide whether it extends the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (BER) for the liner-shipping sector for another five years from 25 April 2020.

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Risks for Falling Overboard Can Be Hidden in Plain Sight

July 1, 2019
Risks for Falling Overboard Can Be Hidden in Plain Sight

Recurring operations, even the most mundane, can still pose a serious risk. In the latest Mars reports, an example is given of an accident, in which the risks of a "normal" loading operation were not identified resulting in the death of a crew member.

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Ports Must Respond to Forces of Change

June 27, 2019
Ports Must Respond to Forces of Change

Ports are always in motion, but now more than ever. The energy transition, digitisation, the New Silk Road, container alliances and ever larger container ships all impact the port landscape. SWZ|Maritime's port special discusses each of these topics.

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Taking Vessel Draughts – A Dangerous Task?

June 26, 2019
Taking Vessel Draughts – A Dangerous Task?

Rope ladders are often used to take the outboard draughts on large vessels, and pose a serious risk. Past incidents highlight the importance of following work procedures and using a personal flotation device (PFD). Yet, using a small boat instead of a ladder may prove the safer option.

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Two Deck Crew Suffer Injury after Incomplete Re-assembly

June 25, 2019
Two Deck Crew Suffer Injury after Incomplete Re-assembly

A toolbox meeting should cover all aspects of a job, even something as simple as tightening bolts. Two deck crew recently learned this the hard way as they were injured after being struck by an emergency towing arrangement’s motor coming off its mounting.

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Neglecting LOTO Procedures Results in Crew Member Injury

June 4, 2019
Neglecting LOTO Procedures Results in Crew Member Injury

If body parts are to be close to machinery that can potentially move during any maintenance or repair task, lock out-tag out (LOTO) procedures should be employed. Failing to do so, recently caused a crew member to get his fingers crushed during a greasing job.

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Always Monitor a Ship's Position, Even at Anchor

May 29, 2019
Always Monitor a Ship's Position, Even at Anchor

At anchor, just as when underway, it is important to maintain close monitoring of the ship's position and of the vessels in the vicinity. A shifting tidal stream or changing weather can easily result in a collision.

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New Initiatives to Tackle Sub-standard Shipping

May 29, 2019
New Initiatives to Tackle Sub-standard Shipping

Preliminary figures from the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MoU) show 2018 saw the lowest number of detentions since 2011. Yet, there is more work to be done. Among other things, the Paris MoU pleads for new inspection regimes and strict global enforcement of regulations.

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