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USCG Issues Safety Alert

The US Coast Guard Office of Investigations and Analysis issued a Safety Alert advising that certain emergency escape hoods manufactured by Brookdale International Systems, Inc. are being voluntarily recalled by that company. Even though such devices are not Coast Guard approved, they are carried on some vessels. Companies that have such devices on their ships should contact the manufacturer at http://www.evacsafety.com to determine whether your particular item is subject to the recall. source: HK Law


CG Issues Safety Alert for Faulty Liferaft

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert stating that servicing of some inflatable liferafts by AMPAK facilities in Baton Rouge (Louisiana) and Panama City (Florida) may not have been proper. Work has been found in some instances to be improper and tests in some instances were not actually performed. The AMPAK facilities were not authorized by the U.S. Coast Guard to service liferafts. The AMPAK facilities have apparently ceased operations


Jamaica Strives to Reduce Death at Sea

Captain Steven Spence (Photo: Jamaica Ship Registry)

Jamaica Joins the Pledge to Reduce the Loss of Lives at Sea Jamaica is backing a pledge by the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to half the number of lives lost at sea by 2015. Mr. Koji Sekimizu has made reducing maritime casualties a key aim of his term of office. IMO figures put the number of lives lost at sea in 2012 at approximately 1,000, including 500 in international shipping.


Tundra Incorporates Security Management System

Photo: Tundra Maritime Defense Services

Tundra Maritime Defense Services (MDS) has completed Stage 1 of the ISO/PAS 28007 process in collaboration with Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance (LRQA). Already SAMI Stage 1 and ISO 9001 certified, Tundra MDS have now incorporated a Security Management System (SMS) which they say allows them to demonstrate their reliability and professionalism to potential customers measured against a consistent and highly-demanding International Standard.


Marine Insurance & the “Human Factor”

Insurance underwriters of diversified maritime exposures see a wide variety of approaches taken by vessel operators to manage human error to control risk. They have found through experience that the majority of hull and liability claims can be traced to a breakdown in preparedness and decision-making. Maritime operators that set a high bar and build well-constructed methods of managing the human element of risk – and those that monitor it closely – can save significantly on


New Orleans Spill Response Update

The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Bulletin stating that the safety zone on the Lower Mississippi River has reduced in scope and now extends from mile marker 20 to mile marker 97.  Vessels within the safety zone are to proceed at the slowest safe speed.  The Unified Command issued a press release stating that salvage of the barge continues.  Clean-up of the lower portion of the impacted area is largely complete. (HK Law)


LNG Meeting Set for December

A two-day conference on LNG Development in the Northeast will be presented in Boston on December 5-6. Topics on the agenda include: LNG and its rising demand; State regulatory perspectives; Safety & security in the post-9/11 world; USCG perspectives on security issues; and Industry perspectives on safety issues. For more information visit: http://www.lawseminars.com/section_details/05LNGMA.htm#%20


Hurricane Katrina – USCG Operations in Sector New Orleans

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Bulletin expressing its appreciation for the overwhelming industry support during the ongoing response effort to Hurricane Katrina. Marine Safety Unit (MSU) Morgan City will serve as the primary point of contact for the marine industry with regard to Sector New Orleans issues. Source: HK Law


SOCP 2011 April Meeting Registration

The theme for the Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) April meeting is “Supported Project Topics and Working Groups Issues. SOCP invites maritime industry representatives to attend and participate in our April 2011 meeting to be held at STAR Center, Dania Beach, Flla. The discussions in this meeting will focus on SOCP supported projects and products currently under development for the benefit of the entire industry


Lloyd’s Register Issues Green Passport to Crowley Barge

Lloyd’s Register North America, Inc. has issued a Green Passport to the Crowley Petroleum Services barge 650-3 that was recently christened in Mobile, Ala., for entry into the company’s U.S. coastwise service. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) issued Guidelines on Ship Recycling to improve the standards of safety and reduce environmental pollution resulting from the scrapping of ships in 2003. The guidelines introduced the concept of the Green Passport


NZ Report: Human Error to Blame for Rena Grounding

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New Zealand's Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) published its final report into the grounding of containership Rena in October 2011. The TAIC’s investigation found that the grounding was a result of improper crew practices


Denmark Issues New Pilotage Regulations

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

In an effort to make the pilotage market more efficient, the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued several new regulations following on amendments to the pilotage act.   A number of DMA measures to launch January 1, 2015 will target simpler regulation of the pilotage area.  


Report: Dire Conditions in Indian Shipbreaking Yards

Photo: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

Report by Indian research institute reveals poor enforcement of occupational health and safety provisions   The working and living conditions at the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India, remain alarmingly poor, argues a new study published in the Economic & Political Weekly


Nigeria Maritime Workers' Strike Looms Large

Maritime Workers Threaten Pullout Nationwide

  There are strong indications that the Maritime Workers of Nigeria (MWUN) may shut down port operations nationwide from tomorrow (17 December), and begin an indefinite strike over a number of longstanding issues. At the weekend, the union notified the relevant authorities - such as the


Safety is Job One

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Maritime safety products and systems can entail everything from a sophisticated integrated bridge system down to cleaning products for the galley. Here are a few recent introductions that appear particularly topical in the never-ending push for safer ships and crews. Free Fallin’


USCG Rescues Mariner from Boat Near Maui

Coast Guard Station Maui at Māʻalaea,

  A man is safe after being rescued from a disabled boat approximately 46 miles southwest of Kahoolawe, Maui, Saturday. At 10:15 a.m., watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center received notification from a friend of the vessel’s operator reporting that the


Cruise Ship Fire under Investigation

Photo: Oceania Cruises

The U.S. Coast Guard assembled a joint investigative team with the National Transportation Safety Board and is sending four marine safety professionals from Coast Guard Sector San Juan, Puerto Rico and the Cruise Ship and Investigation National Centers of Expertise


ICS Guidelines for Large Scale Rescue

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  In response to the continuing crisis in the Mediterranean, necessitating commercial ships to rescue tens of thousands of migrants and refugees during 2014, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published new Guidance on Large Scale Rescue Operations at Sea


IMO, UN Agencies Address Maritime Migration

Koji Sekimizu (Photo: UNHCR / Jean-Marc Ferré)

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has joined with other UN agencies in calling for concerted action from the international community to address the problem of the loss of life, injury, trauma and serious human rights violations affecting migrants


Talisman Sinopec Closes North Sea Platform Ahead of Storm

Talisman Sinopec Energy UK has closed its Buchan Alpha platform in the North Sea, the company said on Wednesday, ahead of an expected severe winter storm. The Buchan Alpha is a floating production installation that contributes less than 5,000 barrels of oil per day to the Forties crude stream


MultiNational Crews - Working in Unison

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Videotel, a KVH company, has developed a new program aimed at teaching crew aboard a vessel how to work together as a cohesive unit regardless of nationality differences. Ships’ crews today invariably include seafarers serving onboard from many different nationalities and while this mix


Proposed Rulemaking on Cruise Ship Terminal Security

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The Federal Register Wednesday published the U.S. Coast Guard’s notice of proposed rulemaking amending its regulations on cruise ship terminal security. This proposed rule would standardize screening activities for all persons, baggage and personal effects at cruise ship terminals while


USMRC, ClassNK Ink Joint Research Deal

Left: Mr. Koichi Fujiwara, Class NK Vice President, and on the right is Mr. Brian T. Holden, President of USMRC.

The United States Maritime Resource Center (USMRC) in Middletown, Rhode Island and ClassNK have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) laying out a framework for future technical cooperation to carry out joint research and development activities for the maritime industry.


ICS Releases Migrant Crisis Guidelines

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In response to the continuing crisis in the Mediterranean, necessitating commercial ships to rescue tens of thousands of migrants and refugees during 2014, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published new Guidance on Large Scale Rescue Operations at Sea


IMO adopts Polar Code Safety Requirements

On November 21, the International Maritime Organization, or IMO, finalized the Polar Code and adopted amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, or the SOLAS, which will create mandatory safety requirements for ships operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters.  






 
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