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Salvors Plan for Effective Casualty Response

A 10-point plan for more effective ship casualty response has been put forward by the International Salvage Union (ISU). The plan includes a proposal for an advanced EU “Casualty Response Database”, capable of real-time tracking of large salvage tugs and other key salvage assets. Speaking at the Barcelona Shipping Law Forum today, ISU President Joop Timmermans said: “Some of these measures can be put into place very quickly. Others are for the longer term. All 10, however, would make a useful contribution to improved casualty response. The 10 measures put forward by the ISU President are as follows: · Measure 1: EU adoption of the UK Command and Control model, based around a Ministerial Representative (the “SOSREP” in the UK). Joop Timmermans said: “The bigger the pollution threat, the higher up the political ladder the decision-making – and the top of that ladder is very far away from those who understand ship casualties and salvage. The British approach is simple. Only two individuals are involved. The Salvage Master gets on with the job and the Ministerial Representative – who understands salvage and represents the public interest – can intervene if he is not satisfied. This is a rational basis for quick and sound decision-making.” · Measure 2: swift EU action to implement the June 2002 Maritime Monitoring, Control and Information Directive – which includes an obligation to identify places of refuge for ship casualties and, in addition


Ship Casualty Management Guidelines Book Published

The Nautical Institute and the International Salvage Union (ISU) launch publication to advise responses to a ship casualty The Nautical Institute and the International Salvage Union (ISU) have launched 'Casualty Management Guidelines', a book aimed at providing practical guidelines to help seafarers during a casualty, when demands can be confusing, contradictory, unclear or a combination of all three. In the book masters and crew members are told what to expect from people or


Keeping Machinery Spaces Safe

Fire in the engineroom is one of the largest causes of ship casualties around the world, a fact highlighted in a recent Salvage Association annual review. Finland's Marioff Oy — a well-regarded supplier of fire suppression systems — now offers a dedicated HI-FOG water mist fire protection system for ship's enginerooms. The supplier of water mist fire protection systems for ships is gearing up for unprecedented demand for its tailor made HI-FOG local application system following the May 1999


MCA Delivers Study Results on Bulk Carrier Safety

Key risks to bulk carriers are identified as side shell failure and hatch cover failure Extensive work on bulk carrier safety coordinated by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) with international participation is now complete, and a final report of the study results has been submitted to the Maritime Safety Committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for consideration at their meeting on December 2nd to December 13th 2002.


Marine Salvage: Having A Bad Day at Sea? Call Your Local Salvor

By John W. Waterhouse, P.E., President, Picture this scenario: It's the middle of the night — 3:30 a.m. to be exact. The phone rings — it's a client is calling to say that a vessel is in distress and our services as an engineering firm are needed. "This is no drill." So many factors are at risk - factors that are not to be taken lightly; people's lives, the environment, and property. How will the next few hours or days play out?


Container Ship Casualty Still All at Sea, 'General Average' Declared

There is still no permission for MSC FLAMINIA to enter a sheltered area or a subsequent emergency port says the ship manager's update. Reederei NSB and the salvage company both remain in contact with all littoral states to acquire this permission. At the same time, MSC FLAMINIA and its accompanying group of tugs have taken a position over 400 nautical miles west of the entrance of The English Channel to avoid bad weather and the expected swell.


IMO Provides Assistance to Red Sea Ferry Investigation

With respect to the ongoing investigation into the al-Salam Boccaccio 98 ferry disaster in the Red Sea on 3 February 2006, IMO wishes to clarify the following. Soon after the accident, IMO responded to a request for assistance in the investigation of the casualty from both the Governments of Egypt and Panama, by making available two independent consultants to provide technical advice to the casualty investigation board established jointly by the two Governments.


Regional Training Course Held in Hong Kong

A regional training course on marine casualty investigation began on June 3 in Hong Kong, following a reception officiated by the Acting Director of Marine, Tsang Man-ching. The two-week course, to be held from today until next Friday (June 14) at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, is jointly organized by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSARG) for practicing marine accident investigators from countries in the Asia


iPIRB: Accuracy in Locating Casualties at Sea

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Scottish company develops vital new level of accuracy for locating casualties at sea. The new iPIRB, launched by MarineMTS and Telemar UK Limited locates and identifies marine casualties fast so that every effort can be concentrated on rescue and saving life.  The technology was showcased  (Friday 16 November) at a launch hosted by the Maritime Rescue Institute at Stonehaven, and attended by marine industry operators including Taqa Bratani, Shell, Nexen, Marathon and Total


Marine Casualty Reports – Clarified

Jonathan Waldron

So you think you know when to make a marine casualty report? There has been a lot of confusion over the years as to when to make a marine casualty report with regard to certain incidents.  Yet, although the Coast Guard constantly urges industry to make required reports, it has never promulgated national guidance to promote consistency in reporting based on uniform interpretation of the regulatory standards – until now. 


USCG Releases Kulluk Grounding Investigation Report

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Thursday released the report of investigation into the circumstances surrounding the grounding of the mobile offshore drilling unit Kulluk on the eastern coast of Sitkalidak Island, Alaska, Dec. 31, 2012. A series of events contributed to the causal factors that


CG Cutter Morro Bay out for Repairs

Photo courtesy of USCG

The Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay, a 140-foot icebreaking tug homeported in Cleveland but currently moored in Duluth, is scheduled to undergo an in-water repair Sunday and Monday. The Morro Bay suffered a rudder casualty while conducting icebreaking operations in Thunder Bay, Ontario, March 27


Staten Island Ferry Safety Statistics Released

Guy V. Molinari (Photo: Staten Island Ferry)

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) sets the standards passenger vessels, such as the Staten Island Ferry, must meet and then inspects the vessels regularly to ensure that they are in compliance. For large passenger vessels, the Coast Guard conducts four safety inspections each year


Wreck-Removal Convention to Enter into Force

Photo courtesy IMO

Shipowner liability on the horizon as Denmark ratifies international instrument The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal Wrecks will enter into force on April 14, 2015 following the deposit, on April 14, 2014, of an instrument of ratification by Denmark


IMO SOLAS Briefing

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SOLAS, MARPOL amendments entered into force on 1 January 2014. IMO reminds all of immediate implications to shippers, mariners and vessels.   ​Amendments to SOLAS, MARPOL and the Load Lines protocol entered into force on 1 January 2014: A number of amendments to the International Convention


Irish Coast Guard Upgrades Entire Helicopter Fleet

Photo: Irish COast Guard

Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar officially launched the Coast Guard’s new state-of-the-art S92 search and rescue helicopter for the Dublin region in Weston Airport. This is the fourth Sikorsky S92 helicopter base to come into operation for the Coast Guard and means


A Call for Vessel Refuge Guidelines

Peter Hinchliffe

Shipowners, Salvors and Insurers – through their respective trade associations – have jointly called for the prompt and proper implementation of international measures to provide a Place of Refuge for stricken vessels, following a series of incidents where casualty vessels have been


U.S. Coast Guard Must Assert its Authority

Dennis L. Bryant

It is time for the Coast Guard to defend the authority granted  to it by Congress, the Executive Branch and the courts. On December 27, 2013, the U.S. Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it intended to promulgate a rule containing its assessment framework for


Sailor Rescued from HMAS Armidale

Following a combined operation yesterday involving a range of government and private agencies, a Royal Australian Navy sailor is now resting in hospital in Broome, Western Australia, following a casualty evacuation operation in Australia’s far North West Shelf region.


Engine Room Fire Prevention Below Par Say Experts

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Lessons are still not being learnt when it comes to preventing engine room fires according to Braemar SA (Braemar Incorporating The Salvage Association). Following a review of incidents taking place in 2013, its regional director for Far East operations, Graeme Temple


Allianz: Shipping Losses Decline but Risks Remain

Tim Donney, Global Head of Marine Risk Consulting.

Shipping losses decline, but emerging risks pose serious challenges to marine industry, according to Allianz study. 94 large ships lost worldwide in 2013, down 20% from last year. Total ship losses in continental U.S. hits all time low.


Australia Has a New Maritime Emergency Plan

Australian industry, state and federal governments have endorsed a new National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies. According to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority AMSA, the new plan sets out the cooperative arrangements between governments and industry to respond to maritime


Compatibility of CO2 Extinguisher Components

Figure 1: The obsolete diffuser on the right is cast differently than diffusers used today.  Note the longer neck and placement of diffuser holes.  The newer diffuser on the left is compatible with standard discharge hoses and has a shorter neck to allow it to properly seat when the hose is connected.  See Figure 3 for how to determine if you have a CO2 extinguisher fitted with an obsolete diffuser that may be incompatible with standard industry discharge hoses.

A recent marine casualty investigation of a shipboard fire onboard a U.S. flagged vessel in the Hampton Roads Captain of the Port (COTP) zone raised serious concerns with regards to carbon dioxide (CO2) fire extinguisher servicing.  During shipboard fire-fighting operations a crewmember


Houston Ship Channel Collision: Tank Barge & Cargo Ship

Hull damage: Photo credit USCG

The cause of a collision between the cargo ship 'Genius Star VII' and a barge loaded with 840,000 gallons of #6 fuel oil in the Houston Ship Channel is being investigated by the US Coast Guard. Watchstanders with Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Texas City received a report at approximately 8:30 p.m


Safer Seas: Ship Losses Continued to Fall in 2013

Total ship losses by region: Image courtesy of Allianz

The recently published annual review of trends and developments in shipping losses and safety – 'Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Safety and Shipping Review' – indicates that world-wide ship losses declined by 20% compared with 2012.


 
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