Loll is no LOL Matter Warns NEPIA

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Jan 232011
 

Poorly conducted ballast water exchange almost resulted in the loss of the Cougar Ace in 2006

North P&I club has warned shipowners to take great care when attempting to comply with ballast-water rules by exchanging ballast water at sea. The club says in the latest issue of its loss-prevention newsletter Signals that without a meticulously prepared and implemented procedure for ballast water exchange, ships face a serious risk of a loss of stability.

According to risk management executive, Simon MacLeod, “The 2004 International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BMW Convention) needs to be ratified by just three more states with 10% of world tonnage, but many countries have already introduced their own regional mandatory ballast-water requirements – many of which are based on IMO guidelines.”

The new regulations are designed to prevent the introduction and spread of harmful marine organisms by shipping, and one of the most common ways of complying is to exchange ballast water on passage. “However, this can pose significant stability risks if a proper plan is not developed and rigorously followed on board,” says MacLeod. Continue reading »

NEPIA/NI Launch Evidence Handbook

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Nov 142010
 

North P&I Club and The Nautical Institute have  launched  The Mariner’s Role in Collecting Evidence – Handbook.

The handbook, written by a team from the North of England P&I Association, augments another, larger book published by the Institute: The Mariner’s Role in Collecting Evidence – in the Light of ISM by Dr Phil Anderson, also of the Institute’s North East England Branch.

Says the Nautical Institute’s president James Robinson: “The publications are a response to the increasingly litigious world faced by seafarers and designated persons ashore, said Institute … Seafarers are wary of facing litigation or claims and the fear criminalisation is increasing”.

This was recognised by The Nautical Institute 20 years ago when the first of the Mariner’s Role in Collecting Evidence books was published. The Institute’s North Eastern Branch has maintained its association with the book throughout that time.

Robinson says that the Institute is offering the book and handbook to help those at sea and ashore alike in the collection, preservation and use of evidence in marine claims. “Use of them both will build confidence when gathering evidence to present to those unfamiliar with shipboard operations – including doctors, insurers, statisticians, civil servants, and lawyers which you can find if you visit this site online. They may need to be informed about the background to an incident under investigation in order to understand it properly” says the NI.

Be Alert, Assert For Safety Says NEPIA

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Oct 272010
 

Assert for safety

Being safe is not just a matter of being alert to hazards but of being assertive when other’s actions put the vessel at risk says the North of England P&I club, NEPIA.

Examples cited in the club’s latest Signals newletter “include a shipper’s surveyor trying to show that a visibly wet bulk cargo is safe to load,’ says the club’s loss-prevention executive Andrew Kirkham. ‘Safety could be compromised and result in a casualty, for which the ship’s officers will ultimately be held responsible’.

According to Kirkham, the art of being confident in such situations is not to be aggressive, confrontational or rude but to be assertive. ‘Being assertive means being reasonable and, if appropriate, willing to compromise – but to do so seafarers must know their rights and keep to the facts.’

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Be Alert, Assert For Safety Says NEPIA

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Oct 102010
 

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Being safe is not just a matter of being alert to hazards but of being assertive when other’s actions put the vessel at risk says the North of England P&I club, NEPIA.

Examples cited in the club’s latest Signals newletter “include a shipper’s surveyor trying to show that a visibly wet bulk cargo is safe to load,’ says the club’s loss-prevention executive Andrew Kirkham. ‘Safety could be compromised and result in a casualty, for which the ship’s officers will ultimately be held responsible’.

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May 312010
 

image North P&I club has launched a poster campaign to help its 375 member groups comply with the ever-changing requirements of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships MARPOL.

Tony Baker, the club’s head of loss-prevention, says: “The International Maritime Organization’s marine environment protection committee continues to amend and extend the scope of MARPOL and the consequences of non-compliance are becoming increasingly severe.

“It is thus vital that shipowners and their crews are continually reminded of the importance of adhering to the regulations and avoiding all forms of environmental pollution risk”.

The first of North’s new series of Clean Seas posters, which has just been published, relates to MARPOL annex I – regulations for the prevention of pollution by oil – and highlights the procedures which should be followed during bunkering.

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