New Alert! On Fitting Seafarers

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Jan 032013
The right seafarer for the job

The right seafarer for the job

Nobody would think of fitting incompatible equipment or machinery into a ship, so why not take exactly the same care when recruiting, hiring, training and retaining seafarers? Asks Alert!, the International Maritime
Human Element Bulletin, in its latest issue.

Getting things wrong can be catastrophic, as shown by a case study which tracks a serious injury to a seafarer, illustrating his lack of appropriate training and competence when asked to undertake tasks beyond his skills.

Earlier issues of Alert! highlighted the importance of experience, competence, best design, a safe and secure working environment, fair terms of employment and leadership. These issues are now brought together to show the importance of the interaction of people with other individuals, ships, systems and machinery.

The bulletin shows how crucial it is to attract and retain talent and details key performance indicators to demonstrate how companies can measure management performance in dealing with the human element. It points out that matching people with their ships is a serious and complex matter that should not be taken lightly.

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OCIMF Probes Fatigue Rules Problem

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Dec 252012
Fatigue or sleep inertia?

Fatigue is seen as a significant contributory factor to many incidents, says the OCIMF

Fatigue continues to be a major factor in maritime incidents despite plentiful legislation to reduce it. The problem is, says the Oil Companies International Marine Forum, OCIMF, is the ambiguities and interpretation of what those rules actually mean in practice.

An information paper recenmtly issued by the OCIMF, Recommendations Relating to the Application of Requirements Governing Seafarers’ Hours of Work and Rest highlights areas of concern with regard to potential ambiguities and differing interpretations of the requirements of applicable Conventions (2010 Manila amendments to the STCW Convention and the 2006 Maritime Labour Convention). The paper considers minimum expectations to ensure compliance with related provisions, recommendations are provided for the information of OCIMF members and the managers and crews of applicable vessels.

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See also:

Moller-Maersk Fined For Sleepy Seafarers

US Courts Hit Shipowners On Fatigue

Cruise “Overloaded – Ship’s Officers Not Getting Enough Rest”

Shen Neng 1 Grounding: Same Old Tired Story

Karin Schepers and the Stranger on the Bridge

MAIB Catches A Bit Of Sleep

ATSB on Thor Gitta: Compliant Fatigue Led To Fatality

Fatigue Leads To Wrong Hand Down A Bit

MAIB Tired of Fatigue – “UK must go it alone”

MCA Cracks The Whip On Fatigue

Fatigue Risk Management On The Horizon?

The Fatigue Factor

NTSB Tired of Fatigue

Video Of Note:Fatigue At Sea

New IMO Provision to Fight Fatigue

Is BO The Answer To Fatigue?





Norcape: Windlass failure/grounding/injury –

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Dec 212012

It was not a pretty picture for the ro-ro freight ferry Norcape aroundwindlassdog Troon Harbour, Scotland on 26-27 November: Bad weather, a failed bowthruster, a damaged windlass and a seafarer injured as a line fouled a propeller, says the UK’s Maritime Accident Investigation Branch, which has just released a report on the incident together with a safety flyer..

On 26-27 November 2011 the ro-ro freight ferry Norcape
suffered a number of accidents, including windlass damage,
An attempt to berth at Troon in the early hours of 26 November was thwarted by the strength of the wind and one of her two bow thrusters failing. The vessel then proceeded to anchorage, across the Firth of Clyde, off the Isle of Arran, but the weather conditions were too severe for her to remain there. While recovering her anchor, the windlass suffered a catastrophic failure and the anchor and cable had to be slipped to enable the vessel to get underway.

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Low Sulphur Power Loss Warning

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Oct 192012

UK P&I Club’s latest Risk Focus bulletin highlights the issue of sudden loss of power, a problem that came to the fore in incidents during and after the switch to lower sulphur fuels  now mandated in certain coastal regions. In the bulletin, the club looks at causes of sudden loss of power and proposes mitigating procedures.

The club says that main engine failures or electrical blackouts now amount to 7% of its third party claims property damage in US$ terms. Many were enormously expensive and in some cases amounted to millions of dollars. Ships effectively out of control as a result of these problems have caused extensive damage to berths, locks, bridges, navigational marks, loading arms, cranes and gantries as well as moored ships. Costly collision and grounding claims can similarly be caused by these failures.

Concern about these rising claims prompted the Club to collect data from its risk assessors and analysis more than 700 claims.  Risk Focus: Loss of Power is the third reviewfrom the club’s Bowtie risk management system to be published.

Main engine failures and blackouts tend to occur when the ship is at its most vulnerable. In confined waters or entering and leaving port, the stable loads, which will generally prevail with the ship on passage, are disturbed. There is also some evidence that compliance with the low sulphur fuel regulations and changing from one grade of fuel to another may have exacerbated these problems. Continue reading »

New Current Awareness Out

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Jul 162012

The cost of subscribing to all the maritime publications out there is prohibitive so the IMO Knowledge Centre’s monthly round up is a useful way to catch up on what’s happening.

Current Awareness Bulletin from the IMO Knowledge Centre is now available with a round-up of news and publications for the month of June 2012 at:

Another way to check for the latest bulletin is to go to IMO home page:
then click on Knowledge Centre (top right tab), then Current Awareness Bulletin (from the left column)

Publication of Note: Safety Signs

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Jul 132012

Marine Insight’s E-book on safety signs claims to be ‘the ultimate’

Online maritime site Marine Insight has made a free eBook available- The Ultimate Guide to Safety Signs on Ships to help seafarers identify shipboard safety warnings.

Says the site: “On several occasions it has been found that seafarers are not able to recognize many of these safety signs. This is not only dangerous, but has also led to life threatening accidents in the past.

“In order to make sure that seafarers remember each of these important safety signs, Marine Insight has taken a special initiative of compiling and presenting these all the important signs and symbols which are extensively used on ships.

The eBook can be downloaded and kept it with you as a pocket guide for quick reference.


One In Three Claims Slips, Trips Falls Says UK P&I

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Apr 182012
How many slips are caused by people moving around slippery or greasy decks, possibly wearing inappropriate footwear?

Slips, trips and falls represent nearly one in three of the large personal injury claims submitted says the UK P&I Club, which has just issued a leaflet intended to reduce the incidence of such accidents.

Following the launch of its Bow Tie loss prevention initiative in January 2012, the UK P&I Club is publishing a series of ‘Risk Focus’ booklets which highlight specific areas of risk. This month’s is ‘Risk Focus: Slips, trips and falls’.

The Bow Tie loss prevention initiative involves surveyors visiting ships and, together with the managers and crew, producing Bow Tie charts specific to individual vessels that identify areas of risk and suggest how such risks might be mitigated.

Analysis of previous incidents over  23 years has enabled the club to identify ‘threats’, ‘consequences’ and ‘controls’, the foundations of developing reports on specific vessels. In total, the Club’s Risk Prevention Director Karl Lumbers estimates that it has identified seven primary risk hazards, 76 common threats, which if not contained could cause an incident and 450 controls which need to be in place and effective if the threats are to be contained.

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Apr 102012

The UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Board’s latest Safety Digest is, like its predecessors, insightful and informed with a certain British quirkiness that makes it highly readable. Among the accidents and lessons in the first edition of 2012 is an issue lose to MAC’s heart: confined spaces and, in particular, the hazards posed by adjacent spaces.

In this case ‘panting’ during rough weather was involved. It has happened before (See The Case of the Tablets Of Love). In this case, ferrous metal turnings described as ‘steaming’ were loaded into the cargo hold. However, they were presumed to be scrap metal, therefore non-hazardous, as opposed to coming under IMDG Code Class 4.2. Continue reading »

Publication of Note: 6 Degrees

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Jan 192012

“As has long been recognised, the sharing of information on incidents is essential as an aid to improved safety, with each one improving the knowledge base of other organisations undertaking similar activities, ” says the latest edition of 6Degrees from the  International Dynamic Positioning Operators Association.

This edition looks at the International Marine Contractors Association annual report on dynamic positioning station keeping incidents. According to the report on 2009, 77 reports were received from vessels operated by IMCA members and others, and of these, 75 are included in ‘Dynamic Positioning Station Keeping Incidents (2009)’ (IMCA M 211). The report has seen the first drop in numbers in recent years down from 111 in 2008 to 77.

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