During a voyage of M/V Gorgonilla from Gibraltar via the Kiel Canal to Kalundborg, after passing the locks in Brunsbüttel there was a blackout and a shutdown of the main engine. The vessel went alongside in Brunsbüttel 08.02.2010. The ships crew announced the very poor technical condition of the ship and asked for help and support. On the same day an overriding PSC inspection has been carried out.
The following presentation/article makes a brief review of best practices in loss prevention that have been collected from some of the recent UK P&I Club loss prevention bulletins, hence a UK P&I Club miscellany.
The M/V IOANNA G was a 9640 GT bulk carrier built in 1978, adapted for carrying timber cargo on deck, flying the flag of Panama. The vessel called at Las Palmas (Canary Islands, Spain) port on April 3rd 2009 being eligible for an expanded inspection. The ship had no previous inspection records in the Paris MoU region. The first visit on board took place on April 6th 2009.
M/V EEC Atlantic arrived at Hamburg on 27.11.2008 to discharge bulk cargo. On the same day a PSC-inspection has been carried out. The ship’s statutory certificates were expired since June 2011. The inspection revealed 43 deficiencies of which 9 were considered as ground for detention.
There are many different definitions for a Ship Manager so it might be interesting to look at what a Ship Manager really is and it does not matter if the Ship Manager is an in-house manager or a third-party manager, but the integrated components of ship management are what really matters. Management translates market rate and days into profit and good management maximizes those profits or to put it simply, good Ship management transfers charters into dollars.
Lately, due to a DMA report, there has been a lot of talk regarding administrative tasks in the maritime sector. In this article the findings of this report are being highlighted. The DMA report contains data from three studies on administrative burdens in the maritime sector. The first two studies on Danish seafarers and Danish shipping companies found that Danish seafarers use up to 20% of their working time on tasks they consider as administrative burdens and for employees in shipowners’ offices ashore the figure was 9 %. The study that has been conducted on international seafarers (with data from 59 nationalities) showed that 30 % of international seafarers feel that they spend too much time on tasks that they consider to be administrative burdens.
MV SUNLIGHT-BEY was a ro-ro cargo vessel converted into a 6056 GT livestock carrier, flying the flag of Lebanon. The vessel called at Las Palmas (Canary Islands, Spain) port on May 28th 2008. She had been reported by the pilot due to problems with the propeller. After the PSC carried out on the same day, she was detained with 25 deficiencies, out of which 6 were considered as detainable deficiencies.
In the morning of October 8, 2008 the Liberian tank ship “CARIB VISION”, a former oil tanker and now a miscellaneous tanker carrying molasses, was boarded in Three-Rivers Canada, to perform a Port State Control inspection. The ship hadn’t been inspected under Paris MOU within the past 7 years and was not a regular trader to Canada. She was on her first of two scheduled voyages between Puerto Rico and Three-Rivers. During the first part of the inspection in the master’s office, only minor non-conformities were noted but the master showed evident signs of agitation. As the inspection progressed, tension was building to a point that the attending PSCO requested assistance from the district office. The inspection started out as an initial inspection but ended up in a detention as major deficiencies were revealed.
The information contained in this post are extracts from The ATSB “Australian Shipping Occurrences Statistics 2005 to 2012″ which provides information on what accidents and incidents have happened during the analysis period, how often they have happened, and what can be learnt from them. Incidents, and injuries happen more often than is widely believed. Some of the most frequent accident types are preventable, particularly fatalities to crew and shipboard workers. Lessons learned from the experiences of others in the industry can help identify the safety risks in their operation that could lead to a similar accident or serious incident. Analysis of reported occurrences helps to understand why accidents and incidents happen, and where the major safety risks are.
The 4th Annual Safety4Sea Forum takes place today in the premises of the Eugenides Foundation in Athens. Safety4Sea is a NON PROFIT / PRO BONO event aiming to enhance Safety and Environmental Awareness and promote Best Practices in way of Safety & Environmental Excellence. This year’s program includes subjects such as Safety, Environment Regulatory Developments, Human Element, STCW, MLC, Security Loss prevention etc.