Nov 262014

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All the key ingredients for a navigational accident were in place long before the Malta-flagged oil and chemical tanker Ovit grounded on the Varne Bank in the Dover Strait in the early morning darkness of 18 September 2013. The report on the incident from the Marine Accident Investigation Branch, MAIB, identifies several layers of factors, not all of them on the bridge of the Ovit, that led to the grounding without which it would not have occurred.

The vessel was equipped with a Maris 900 ECDIS supplied and installed by STT Marine Electronics in Istanbul. An installation certificate issued on 1 April 2011 indicates that all systems had been properly configured and tested. They had not.

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Is Onboard Training Hazardous?

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Sep 052010

Wyn Price

Fatigue leads to bad judgement, poor co-ordination and accidents. Training and education potentially reduce accidents, but can onboard training eat into rest hours? It’s a question mooted by Wyn Price, superintendent, audit and inspection at BP on a Linkedin group that caught MAC’s attention.

Says Price “…this is unfortunately one of the downsides of Computer Based Training , CBT, and Video On Demand, VOD, packages that are found onboard vessels more and more now. They can and do infringe into the rest hours unless operators ensure that they are not there for viewing during “off duty” periods, but properly regulated in order to get the best out of such products. ”

Is he right? What do you think?

Archie Gets Marine Safety Award

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Apr 272010

imageArchie Dickson has received Transport Canada’s Marine Safety Award, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Canadian marine safety. The award was presented at a ceremony held in Ottawa today at the biannual meeting of the Canadian Marine Advisory Council.

“I am pleased to recognize Mr. Dickson as this year’s award recipient,” said Canada’s Transport Minister John Baird. “His vision, accomplishments and exceptional dedication to seafarer training make him very deserving of this prestigious award.”

For over two decades, Mr. Dickson was instrumental in developing and delivering high-quality training for seafarers at Georgian College’s Great Lakes and International Marine Training Centre in Owen Sound, Ontario, where he consistently provided students with the best possible tools for their careers.

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Maritime Safety News Today, September 5, 2007

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Sep 052007

Investigators eye water pump in deadly sinking
KOMO – Seattle,WA,USA
“That may have lead to the sinking of the vessel.” Investigators are still working to determine exactly what went wrong. The Papa George operated out of

Marine Pollution in the Wake of Haifa Boat Collision
Israel Ministry of the Environment – Jerusalem,Israel
The collision and subsequent sinking of the ship led to the spill of large quantities of diesel oil, which settled on the shores of Kiryat Haim and Kiryat

Maritime Global Net – Warren,RI,USA
Meanwhile, The Swedish Club continues to make a significant global contribution, through the Maritime Resource Management (MRM) training programme.

Coast Guard Issues New Oil Barge Regulations

Posted 08/31/07 at 02:15 PM

According to reports, the Coast Guard has issued new rules governing the transportation of oil through Buzzards Bay that require single-hulled tankers and oil barges to be escorted by a second tugboat…

APL-Developed Automatic Device Could Indicate Boats in Distress
Johns Hopkins Gazette – Baltimore,MD,USA
A former naval architect with the Coast Guard, Borlase has conducted many maritime accident investigations. His inspiration for AIDD came after

Calls to share cost of Malacca Straits safety IMO urges users and stakeholders to share the cost of funding projects aimed at boosting safety in the strait.

Six missing after collision off east China