AWO and U.S. Coast Guard Introduce CEMS

Wednesday, July 31, 2002
The American Waterways Operators (AWO) and the U.S. Coast Guard recently co-sponsored a workshop to introduce the Crew Endurance Management System (CEMS) to towing company personnel. The system, developed by the Coast Guard's Research and Development Center with cooperation from AWO member companies, is designed as a comprehensive approach to alertness in the industry. The workshop, held July 17-18 in Houston, complements the Coast Guard-AWO Safety Partnership's Crew Alertness Campaign, which has been ongoing since 1999. Crew alertness is at the top of the Coast Guard's and AWO's priority list of safety initiatives. The workshop aimed to increase the awareness of factors affecting alertness, such as environment, diet, light and sleep; provide training on ways to mitigate behaviors contributing to fatigue; and provide solutions, such as alternative watch schedules and light management. The goal of the workshop was to facilitate the development of company-specific CEMS plans by participants. A guide on crew endurance is expected to be distributed in September. Several AWO member company vessel crews participated in the development research for the CEMS. One of those, American Commercial Barge Lines (ACBL), has already implemented the CEMS on several vessels in its fleet. Workshop attendees included representatives of more than 36 companies from both inland and coastal towing operations, including marine operations managers and port captains who have direct responsibility for safely crewing and operating company vessels. Dave Dewey, President, Western Kentucky Navigation, remarked that the workshop "exceeded my expectations. It was based on solid science and I learned some great ideas that I can use in my company." AWO will continue to work with the Coast Guard through the Safety Partnership and Crew Alertness Campaign to educate crewmembers, implement the CEMS and develop other ways to mitigate factors affecting crew endurance.
Maritime Reporter August 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Specialised Reefer Container Operators can Thrive: DMR

Despite growing competition from container lines, specialised reefer operators can still thrive, according to Drewry’s latest Reefer Shipping Market Annual Review & Forecast,

HERCULES-2 Phoenix Rises from the Ashes

Wärtsilä Corporation advises that the HERCULES R&D programme to develop large engine technologies, which was initiated in 2004 as a joint vision by the two major European engine manufacturing groups,

Short-Term Perils of Lower Oil Prices: DW Monday

At present we are seeing lower oil prices as a function of softer demand growth in both Europe and China combined with recent output increases from OPEC, particularly Libya,

Education/Training

Blood Pumping With Mobile CPR Unit for HII's Newport

Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding division partnered with the American Heart Association to teach shipbuilders how to perform hands-only CPR during a demonstration Thursday.

Significant Progress on Perth Wave Energy Project

Wave energy developer Carnegie Wave Energy Limited has provided an update on the recent progress of the Perth Wave Energy Project. Carnegie has made significant

Keystone XL Costs to Nearly Double - TransCanada

The total cost of TransCanada Corp's controversial Keystone XL pipeline is likely to nearly double following six years of regulatory delays, a company spokesman said on Friday.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Port Authority Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Winch
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: 0.1312 sec (8 req/sec)