Tag: Safety at Sea

On-board systemic failures increasing risk to safety, warns BV
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On-board systemic failures increasing risk to safety, warns BV

There is an increasing risk of marine casualties, incidents, and risks that are related to on-board systems and safety management, says Laurent Leblanc, marine operations vice president, Bureau Veritas (BV). According to LeBlanc, data and experience of the BV team show there are systemic failures on-board ships and an increase of system deficiencies related to...

Five reasons why Cyprus is a leading centre for international shipping
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Five reasons why Cyprus is a leading centre for international shipping

Cyprus’ maritime sector has grown rapidly in the last several years and today it is one of the top locations for shipping companies. It is also ranked 11th in terms of global fleet size and has its own dedicated deputy minister of shipping, boosting business and sustainability of its operations further. Here are five examples...

Portable battery for at-sea emergencies undergoes trial
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Portable battery for at-sea emergencies undergoes trial

Eco Marine Power (EMP) in cooperation with Furukawa Battery and several shipowners is conducting an evaluation trial of the emergency MgBOX fuel cell battery to determine how the portable device can be best stored and used on ships. The MgBOX is a small and portable emergency magnesium (Mg) 300Wh air battery developed by Furukawa Battery....

InterManager launches campaign to cut crew fatalities
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InterManager launches campaign to cut crew fatalities

InterManager has launched a campaign to help seafarers think about safety issues and identify measures for reducing risk in enclosed spaces. According to Captain Kuba Szymanski, InterManager secretary general, there are a multitude of rules, procedures, and guidelines, but seafarers are still dying whilst engaged in these activities. “We want to hear from the seafarers...

CIRM Guideline to combat ECDIS operational issues
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CIRM Guideline to combat ECDIS operational issues

International association of marine electronics companies, Comité International Radio-Maritime (CIRM) has published its Guideline on Performance Test Procedure for ECDIS to minimise operational issues of ECDIS systems. According to CIRM, stakeholders have raised concerns about the condition on in-service ECDIS. Operational issues include inadequate power supply arrangements, the running of outdated software versions, disabled audio...

Cutting the cost of navigation: an interview with Paul Stanley, CEO, GNS
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Cutting the cost of navigation: an interview with Paul Stanley, CEO, GNS

Shipping companies are wasting time and money and minimising their operational efficiency by paying for navigational data that is not actually used, according to Paul Stanley, CEO of maritime technology company, Global Navigation Solutions (GNS). One solution that promises to help reduce wasted navigational data is the GNS Voyager FLEET INSIGHT (VFI) solution that was...

Greek shipowners question environmental benefits of scrubbers
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Greek shipowners question environmental benefits of scrubbers

The Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) has criticised the use of scrubbers as a solution to cleaner and more environmentally conscious shipping in 2020 and beyond. While applauding the IMO’s decision to consider safety implications associated with handling marine fuels in 2020, Mr Theodore Veniamis, President of the UGS, said the environmental benefit of scrubbers...

STM Validation project launched in Tallinn
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STM Validation project launched in Tallinn

The Sea Traffic Management (STM) Validation project has been launched in a sixth shore centre in Tallinn, Estonia. The STM Validation project is a concept that connects the maritime world by providing real-time information exchange. It aims to create a safer, more efficient and environmentally friendly maritime sector. STM includes a number of projects that...

IMO to consider legal framework for low-flashpoint diesel fuels
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IMO to consider legal framework for low-flashpoint diesel fuels

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has welcomed signs from the IMO that work may soon begin on developing a new chapter in the International Code of Safety for Ships Using Gases Or Low Flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code) specifically for oil-based fuels with a flashpoint below 60 degrees. The IBIA says this would simplify the...

ICS publishes guidance on 2020 compliance
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ICS publishes guidance on 2020 compliance

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has produced a free-to-read comprehensive guide to help shipowners and operators comply with the IMO’s 2020 0.5 per cent cap on sulphur in fuel oil. The guide provides information for owners and operators choosing compliant fuel, with less than 0.5 per cent sulphur content, to meet the 2020 regulation....

GAC offers 10% discount to Green Award certified ships
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GAC offers 10% discount to Green Award certified ships

GAC is the first ship agency in the UK to join the Green Award Foundation and will offer a 10 per cent discount on agency fees to ships certified by the Green Award. Ships that are certified by the Green Award prove they are safer and more environmentally efficient than required by regulation. Green Award...