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 »

Nordic Express Island Strike – Two Minutes Alone Is All It Took To Make A Meal Of An Entrée

 Accident report, allision, ballast, Bridge procedures, bridge team management, Canada, grounding  Comments Off on Nordic Express Island Strike – Two Minutes Alone Is All It Took To Make A Meal Of An Entrée
May 312010


In the midst of a critical turn on 16 August 2007 to take the vessel into a channel between Entrée Island and Schooner Island the OOW of the Canadian ferry Nordic Express sent the helmsman from the bridge to call the docking crew to stations. The OOW took over the helm, a position from which he could not see the radar or the Electronic Chart Display, ECS.

Over the next two minutes the OOW had problems controlling the turn. By the time the helmsman returned to the bridge the vessel was on the desired heading but on a parallel track offset to the north east and heading for Entrée Island full-ahead.

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Maritime Safety News Today – 21 September 2007

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Sep 212007

Officers Ordered Arrested in Dream Incident

Arrest warrants for five people, including ship’s officers have been issued by authorities in Rhodes, Greece, following the severe listing of the cruise ship Dream on September 18. Safety at Sea reports that the arrests followed the discovery of make-shift repairs to the sea-valves of the engine cooling system which allegedly endangered the ship and its 930 Israeli passengers.

The Rhodes prosecutor initially charged the ship’s Greek Master, Chief Officer and two engineers with deliberately attempting to run the vessel aground after it developed a 1o list entering Rhodes harbour by pumping ballast between tanks.

At first it was claimed that the list had been caused by the failure of an electric pump and that the ship had hit an underwater object en route from Turkey. A report from Greek newspaper Kathermini says that the ship’s representative. the Master, Chief Officer and two engineers were being held at the Rhode’s port pending investigations by divers.

A Safety At Sea report says”A Rhodes prosecutor has filed charges of willful attempt to cause shipwreck against David Fima, representative of the ship’s owner Danielle Shipmanagement; Themelis Billis, superintendent; Vassilios Kassimis, captain; Evgenios Mettos, chief engineer and Isidoros Makryonitis, chief officer.”

Failure to Program Marine Radios May Delay Rescues
The Log Newspaper – Irvine,CA,USA
6 safety alert, the Coast Guard reported it is concerned that many users of marine radios that rely upon a nine-digit Maritime Mobile Service Identity

High hopes for new accident body / Integrated commission needs to
The Daily Yomiuri – Osaka,Japan
The Japanese version of the NTSB will investigate air, railway and maritime accidents and other major incidents. While each kind of investigation involves

Cummings Works to Improve Safety on Cruise Ships

Posted 09/20/07 at 10:18 AM

During a House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation hearing regarding cruise ship safety practices and procedures, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Chairman of the Subcommittee, called on the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) to work directly with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to train personnel in the…

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