More Must be Done to Prevent Deaths at Sea

MarineLink.com
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel

As more deaths in enclosed spaces are reported this week, a call to action is needed and the industry must take note and bring this issue to the attention of each and every seafarer.


“More must be done,” said Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel. “Every seafarer should be made aware of the risks of enclosed spaces – indeed have the message reinforced at every opportunity - there is no justification for another death. The legislation is in place; by law vessels should have the proper equipment in place, and yet time and time again seafarers fail to use the protection available to them and another preventable death is in the news.”


Of course with such a history of repeated, tragic accidents,  something must change. The Marine Accident Investigators International Forum has identified that accidents in enclosed/confined spaces continue to be one of the most common causes of work-related fatalities on board ships today.


“The psychological imperative to rescue a fallen seafarer is very strong,” explained Mr. Cleave. “So often we see multiple casualties, with the first seafarer collapsing and his colleagues immediately rushing to his aid and subsequently being overcome. This is the very reason we choose video as the medium for Videotel’s courses in this area. It makes a unique emotive connection with the seafarer, ensuring that the proper safety procedures – and the reasons for them - stay in the mind even under the stress of an emergency situation.”


Ironically, the psychological make-up that causes the seafarer to rush in after colleagues, fails to kick-in to prevent the casualty in the first place. Seemingly innocuous cargoes - timber, charcoal, steel – have all taken their toll on the lives of seafarers and continue to do so. Training each and every individual is absolutely paramount – humans do not possess an intuitive fear of some of the most dangerous cargoes, and it is essential that they are properly trained to be cautious.


Videotel Marine International has a history of commitment to this very issue. It has worked in partnership with a number of industry bodies, including Mines Rescue, to develop the Entry into Enclosed Spaces series, a comprehensive programme consisting of the original six modules, an accompanying CBT course and a soon to be released video covering working in enclosed spaces. Videotel is continuing to develop programmes in this important area to ensure maximum impact on its seafarer audience, and to raise awareness of this serious issue with ship owners and ship managers around the world.

Maritime Reporter September 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Maritime Safety

USCG Search For Boater Missing 50 miles South St Marks, Florida

The Coast Guard is searching for a missing boater 50-miles south of St. Marks, Florida, Sunday. Missing is George Taylor, 60, from Tallahassee, Florida, who

Austal Launches 5th CCP Boat

Austal launched yesterday its fifth in-series Cape Class Patrol Boat (CCPB) at the Company’s Australian Defence Facility in Henderson, Western Australia. Cape

Mount Whitney Departs Batumi, Georgia

The U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) departed Batumi, Georgia, Oct. 18 after completing a successful port visit. While in Batumi,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Navigation Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair 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: 0.2210 sec (5 req/sec)