SAFETY4SEA Conference & Awards
2017
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SAFETY4SEA Conference & Awards
2017
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Analysis & Opinions

Benefits of training leading to increased safety

Mr. Andreas Togantzis, Marine Engineer and Head of MAN PrimeServe Academy in Piraeus, talks about MAN Diesel & Turbo's training initiative which aims to provide technology knowledge to its customers operating company's engines, referring in detail to local activities. He highlights that training plays critical role to industry and requires a commitment by all stakeholders related to the training of seagoing personnel or their corresponding technical staff in the office.  

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Cybersecurity must become a priority

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Paul R. Walters, Director, Cyber Service Delivery, Cybersecurity & Software Integrity, ABS, says that cyber hygiene is critical and calls for actions towards cyber awareness. It is not a matter if you will ever be hacked but when, Mr. Walters notes, therefore cybersecurity must be a priority and company officers should recognize a series of risk factors and conditions for control.

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Competent and well-trained crews: The only way to safety

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Dr. Marina Papaioannou, DNV GL – Maritime, argues that Behaviour Based Safety (BBS) can improve safety performance onboard. As she explains, it is a systematic process to identify, measure and positively impact the unsafe individual behavior of the human element. Considering that safety is a continuous fight with human nature, Dr. Papaioannou says that BBS will strengthen a safety culture onboard and emphasizes that training remains always the most efficient way for seafarers’ competency.

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US Navy: Three changes to improve safe navigation

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Recent accidents at sea have demonstrated there is considerable room for improvement on the bridges of U.S. Navy warships, according to Lieutenant Commander, Michael Kiser. Apart from the crew's skills, knowledge and compliance with the “Rules of the Road”, which are highly important for keeping ships safe, Mr Kiser suggests three changes, in order to prevent collisions at sea.

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Maritime industry is ready to embrace automation

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On the occasion of the Day of the Seafarer, Frank Coles, CEO of Transas, talks about the impact of the digital technologies on seafarers' role and welfare. Mr. Coles suggests that digitalization and automation will transform the industry by enhancing safety, but these are not enough to solve all safety-related problems, as crews with right skills and training is what the sector really needs.

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Cyber issues in shipping

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Sally-Ann Underhill, Philip Thomas & Tom Summers from ReedSmith urge caution against email scam which has become a frequent incident nowadays. They refer to a recent case in which an email sent by scammers posing as law firm, was circulated amongst all interested parties and they recommend reasonable steps to protect owners, charters and ships from cyber risks.

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Attention-getting warnings for the port security

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Mr. Alp Kırıkkanat, Paragon Incorporation, share his insights into port security highlighting its close relation to training, budget and experience. Employing additional personnel and training them properly, seems to be more complex than providing security systems for security at ports, he notes.

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Safety is directly linked to training and experience

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Yves Vandenborn, Director of Loss Prevention talks about Standard P&I Club’s initiatives to tackle human error. Capt. Vandenborn notes that there is a need to enhance situational awareness and reassess the risks involved in daily operations in order seafarers not to deal with them as routine tasks and he concludes that safety culture with quality experience is crucial.

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Gulf of Guinea maritime security in 2016

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Dirk Steffen, director of Maritime Security at Risk Intelligence, analyzes the increase of maritime security incidents for 2016 over the previous year. Denmark-based Risk Intelligence counted 119 verified attacks by criminals on all kinds of vessels in West Africa – compared with 82 in 2015. The vast majority of attacks were perpetrated by Nigerian criminals, including all of the 84 that were concentrated in and around Nigerian waters.

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