Advances in Jack-up Safety

press release
Thursday, September 08, 2011

Those commissioning maritime construction projects will soon be able to assure themselves that their jack-up operators are competent and safe.


The International Jack-Up Barge Owners Association (IJUBOA) has published its Code of Practice and set up a scheme to recognise the competence of existing barge masters. The code provides a standard against which companies can be audited.  It is based on the International Safety Management (ISM) code.  Companies who are successfully audited are awarded a “Certificate of Conformance” similar to the ISM “Document of Compliance.”  A major change to current practice for those operating small barges is that the code requires companies to appoint a Designated Person Ashore to bring all operators in line with those already complying with ISM.
 

IJUBOA drew up the voluntary code with the help of the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Health and Safety Executive who have welcomed it as an important step forward in improving safety in the operation of the smaller jack-ups.  Member companies who achieve compliance will be able to use the association’s logo. They will also be able to enter their barge masters into a scheme to accredit their prior experience.  An auditor experienced in jack-up operations and approved by the association, will examine a company’s barge masters.  Those personnel assessed who meet the required standard will receive a “Green Log Book & ID Card.”  This provides a permanent record of their accreditation and of subsequent professional development.


This recognition of “grandfather’s rights” is a temporary scheme.  A full professional training and development system, able to bring entrants to the profession up to the standard of being an excellent barge master, is under development.  
Non-member companies may seek assessment against the code, but they will not be able to use the association’s logo, nor will they be able to join the Green Book scheme. The code, amplifying references, details of the Green Book scheme and more information on IJUBOA are at www.ijuboa.com.


As a trade association, IJUBOA offers full membership to jack-up barge owners at £2,000.00 pa.  Current members come from several European countries and Australia.  Associate members may be corporate (£500.00 pa) or individuals (£100.00 pa) involved in the industry, but not as owners.  Honorary and guest members include national administrations and agencies concerned with the oversight of barge operations. Its mission is to promote the safe, cost-effective and environmentally sound use of jack-up barges as responses to a wide range of challenges.

Maritime Reporter January 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Matson Announces Quarterly Dividend

Matson, Inc. declared a first quarter dividend of $0.17 per common share, the company’s board of directors announced. The dividend will be paid on March 5, 2015

Hogan Named VP at Newport News Shipbuilding

Rob Hogan has been appointed vice president of manufacturing at the Newport News Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), the company announced.

Kongsberg Expands Louisiana Office, Training Facility

Kongsberg Maritime has purchased approximately 5.2 acres for new construction on an 82,980 sq ft office and training facility. Construction on the James Business

Workboats

Kirby Reports Record Earnings

Kirby Corporation announced record net earnings of $68.1 million, or $1.19 per share, for the fourth quarter 2014 (ended December 31). The results bested 2013’s fourth quarter figures of $64.

LEEVAC Launches First PSV for Tidewater

On Tuesday, January 27, LEEVAC Shipyards Jennings, LLC launched hull 367, a platform supply vessel (PSV) designed by LEEVAC Design Services, LLC (300 DE-52 HAB PSV).

USACE Barges, Tugs Up for Repair

The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Buffalo District has awarded a repair contract to Great Lakes Shipyard for two tugs and two barges from the Corps’ Cleveland Field Station.

Environmental

Reftrade Upgrades Fleet Refrigeration Systems

Reftrade UK  has made an investment  to upgrade its fleet with environmentally friendly technology. The world’s first refrigeration system to use CO2 as a natural refrigerant,

Liberian Registry Launches Green Ship Initiative

“We have launched a new initiative to help shipowners improve their green credentials and meet other corporate social responsibilities," said Scott Bergeron, CEO

Shell Eyes Arctic Drilling this Summer

Oil major Shell wants to revive its Arctic oil drilling programme this year after a near two-year suspension, angering environmentalists who say the risk of an oil spill is too high.

Energy

Damen Delivers Custom-Made Offshore Winches to Fugro

Damen Maaskant Shipyards, part of Damen Shipyards Group, has delivered two dedicated offshore winches to Fugro. The Dutch shipyard was responsible for the design,

Stolt-Nielsen Q4 Profit Misses Forecast

Shipping firm Stolt-Nielsen reported fourth quarter earnings below forecasts on Thursday and said it was concerned about the outlook for the chemical tanker market,

Shell: UK Should Reduce North Sea Oil Tax

The British government should review a supplementary tax charge on North Sea oil producers as it has made the operation of some fields unrealistic, Shell Chief

Maritime Safety

Maintenance Woes Led to Digby Ferry Grounding

Maintenance deficiencies and inadequate emergency procedures led to November 2013 grounding of Princess of Acadia in Digby, Nova Scotia    Maintenance deficiencies

Safeguarding Maritime Power Connections

KIRK interlocking products provide safe electrical access during cold ironing, ensuring that ship power cables are properly coupled to shore power junction boxes before energizing.

Australia Bolsters SAR in Indian Ocean Region

AMSA leading program to strengthen search and rescue capabilities in Indian Ocean region   The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said it has commenced

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.6995 sec (1 req/sec)