SAFETY4SEA Awards
2017
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2017
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Author: Sandra Sarmpezi

Navigation by eye is not always accurate

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The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch issued an investigation report, concerning the grounding of the passenger ferry "Royal Iris of the Mersey" on Mersey river, UK, in July 2016. The report also includes what happened and safety lessons learned, in order to prevent similar incidents of occurring in the future.

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Port Everglades to start largest expansion project

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Broward County's Port Everglades received unanimous approval from Commissioners to begin a $437.5 million expansion project, to add new berths for larger cargo ships and install crane rail infrastructure for new Super Post-Panamax cranes. The Port is Florida's leader for containerized cargo volumes, but it is currently berth constrained, as additional dock space for cargo ships is needed.

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Dubai is looking to develop maritime sector

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The Dubai Maritime City Authority has announced plans to enhance the competitiveness of the UAE's maritime industry. In this context, the DMCA hosted on May 24, a delegation from the Ajman Tourism Development Department, to share its pioneering experience at the national level. In addition, the city is looking into investing a $1 billion fund focused on shipping.

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The world’s fastest ship design presented

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The video illustrates the fastest ship design in the world. InSvivia Technologies’ SWATH (Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull) design has been engineered by among other Japanese universities and defence academies, Greece research centre and Juliet Marine Systems, in cooperation with US Navy.

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OOCL France is largest ship to transit expanded Panama Canal

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On May 24, the Panama Canal welcomed the Neopanamax container vessel "OOCL France", making it the largest capacity vessel to transit the Expanded Canal, since it was inaugurated, in June 2016. The containership, which measures 366.47 meters in length and 48.23 meters in beam, with 13,926 total TEU allowance, transited northbound from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean.

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ECSA: Merchant ships still rescuing migrants from sea

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ECSA’s Maritime Security Working Group recently had an exchange of views with the European Border and Coast Guard Agency in Warsaw concerning maritime security issues and particularly the challenging issue of migrants at sea. Although the number of migrants rescued from the sea has gone down from 2015, merchant vessels are still often involved in the Search and Rescue operations in central, western and eastern Mediterranean.

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Inadequate manning causes sinking of towing vessel

The National Transportation Safety Board issued an investigation report, concerning the collision and subsequent sinking of a towing vessel, in Hudson River, on March 2016. The probable cause of the collision and sinking of the Specialist was inadequate manning, resulting in fatigued crewmembers navigating three tugboats with obstructed visibility.

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First ever “Power-by-the-hour” service agreement signed

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Nor Lines and Rolls-Royce have signed a “Power-by-the-Hour” service agreement for the two vessels Kvitbjørn and Kvitnos. The new service, introduced by Rolls-Royce Marine, harnesses the power of “Big Data” to monitor, plan and perform maintenance and repairs on all the equipment it has installed on the cargo vessels. The agreement is the first of its kind.

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