SAFETY4SEA Conference & Awards
2017
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SAFETY4SEA Conference & Awards
2017
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Safety

Propel suggests ways to improve safety performance onboard

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Maritime safety specialist Propel finds that human element continues to be a huge contributor factor to major accidents and recommends ways for the industry to change its focus when it comes to improving maritime safety. Despite the continuing downward trend in total vessel losses, the risk of major accidents has increased due to higher potential consequences due to increased ship sizes and complexities of operations increase.

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ABS expands guidance for fire protection on container ships

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ABS has updated its Guide for Fire-Fighting Systems for On-Deck Cargo Areas of Container Carriers, expanding the guidance to the existing container ship fleet. The guide aims to support owners in navigating risks, based on the unique characteristics of each container load, location of the container on the vessel and various firefighting spray patterns.

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RMI urges operators to check breathing devices’ efficiency

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The RMI published a Safety Bulletin issued by UK MCA, regarding Hwayan Emergency Escape Breathing Devices, that have been found not to fulfill the required rate for delivery of breathing air to the user. The RMI recommends that operators check EEBDs onboard, and if they are found to fall between the affected lot numbers, to contact the manufacturer and undertake an air pressure test.

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New localisation system to save lives at sea

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The European Commission informed about the launch of a new system based on EU-funded research, that once fitted on vessels, ship teams will be able to locate passengers instantly, on board and in the water. The solution aims to address specifically emergency situations, such as sinking, when crews need to find and evacuate all passengers quickly.

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UK Club: Reducing the risk of collisions with fishing vessels

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In conjunction with HOMARUS, UK P&I Club published a report guide, advising Masters and their Bridge teams on how to reduce the risks of collisions with fishing vessels. Stuart Edmonston, Loss Prevention Director at UK P&I Club, informs that relevant incidents remain too common, suggesting that the responsibility of avoiding collisions is equal for masters as well as fishermen.

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IACS urges IMO to keep GBS verification as is

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IACS has submitted ten papers for consideration to the forthcoming IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 98) which will take place from 7 to 16 June 2017. Among other issues, IACS urges IMO to confirm that the existing foundations of the GBS verification audit system should not be changed.

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Be aware of liquid domes on liquefied gas carriers

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IACS warns that in case there is overflow of cargo liquid into the vapour line or into the tank pressure relief valves PRVs, emergency procedures should be followed to mitigate consequences. There may be times when a vapour pocket can be formed in a cargo tank on a liquefied gas carrier which is not in communication with the vapour/liquid domes.

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