SAFETY4SEA Awards
2017
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SAFETY4SEA Awards
2017
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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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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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New surveyors’ indemnity wording launched

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International Transport Intermediaries Club and the Admiralty Solicitors Group have launched a new surveyors’ indemnity wording, designed to address the imbalance between owners’ and surveyors’ responsibilities typically encountered under existing indemnity agreements.

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USCG urges caution when inspecting a Gas Valve Unit room

The US Coast Guard published a Marine Safety Alert, highlighting the importance of maintaining safety measures, when inspecting a Gas Valve Unit room, especially on board conventional LNG fueled vessels and LNG Carriers. The GVU is a multi-component device which manages the liquefied natural gas pressure supplied to the propulsion engines.

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UK MCA investigates watchkeepers’ fatigue

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Two reports have been published investigating aspects of fatigue of seafarers; The first is an on-board and predictive modelling study into the 8 hours on/8 hours off watchkeeping pattern; the second is a predictive modelling study into a range of 2-watch and 3-watch watchkeeping patterns.

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Developing autonomous traffic in Baltic by 2025

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Top players from marine and IT-industry have teamed up to jointly develop world's first system of autonomous ships. The shared vision for the ecosystem partners is to enable fully remote controlled vessels in the Baltic Sea in three years and to achieve autonomous commercial maritime traffic by 2025.

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Australia’s cruise industry saw record growth in 2016

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Cruise Lines International Association issued a new report, indicating that Australia’s cruise industry continued its growth trajectory hitting record highs in 2016, with annual ocean cruise passenger numbers surging by 21 percent to a record 1,281,159. The result positions Australia at the top of the global cruise industry for market penetration.

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