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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Safety Management Systems News

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ABS, Fleet Management Join Force on Cybersecurity

Global provider of classification and technical advisory services to the marine and offshore industries ABS Advanced Solutions and Hong Kong-headquartered Fleet Management Limited signed an agreement to implement the ABS industry-leading cyber security solution for Fleet Management’s 220-vessel liquid cargo fleet.“Fleet Management Limited is one of the world’s leading ship management firms, and their decision to select the ABS FCI Cyber Risk model underlines its position as an industry leader…

The El Faro 'black box' / CREDIT: NTSB

Lessons Learned from Maritime Accidents: NTSB’s Safer Seas Digest 2017 Released

Maritime accident investigation reports for collisions, explosions, capsizings and allisions and the lessons learned within those reports are detailed in the National Transportation Safety Board’s Safer Seas Digest 2017, released online Thursday.The publication is a compendium of 41 marine accident reports for accidents involving fishing, offshore supply, cargo, passenger, tanker, towing and government vessels. Reports in the digest were adopted or issued by the NTSB during calendar year 2017.The Safer Seas Digest is a publication designed with mariners in mind…

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Milaha Achieves Five-Star Safety Grading

Qatar-based maritime and logistics conglomerate Milaha said it has completed a best practice Five Star Occupational Health and Safety Audit conducted by the British Safety Council, making it one of the very few companies in Qatar to hold the five-star grading.Commenting on this achievement, Milaha’s Senior Vice President for Support Services, Saleh Al Haroon, said, “Health and safety are of paramount importance to us at Milaha which is why we actively seek to implement best practice policies in line with international standards.

Image: Gulftainer Company Limited

Gulftainer Wins RoSPA Awards 2018 for Occupational Health and Safety

Gulftainer, the world’s largest privately owned independent port operator and logistics company based in the UAE, has been handed the 2018 prestigious Gold Award by the UK-based RoSPA Award Scheme.Gulftainer has been recognised for its commitment to employee health and safety standards at its flagship gateway terminal, Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT), in Port Khalid.Recognising significant milestones in health and safety management systems including best practices in leadership and workforce involvement, the RoSPA Awards scheme receives submissions from organisations around the world.

Image: International Institute of Marine Surveying

ClassNK Releases Annual Report on Port State Control

Leading classification society ClassNK has released its annual report on Port State Control. The report aims to assist ship operators and management companies in maintaining compliant operations by providing information about ships detained by PSC as well as deficiencies that were found on board from many port states in 2017. In line with the International Safety Management (ISM) Code, PSC inspections ensure that vessels departing the port meet international standards and have proved to be highly effective in eliminating substandard ships that are in operation.

The Bouchard Tug and Barge Simulator at SUNY Maritime College offers state-of-the-art brown water training to SUNY cadets and industry professionals alike. (CREDIT: SUNY)

Annual Towing Forum Returns to SUNY Maritime

For nearly 20 years, leaders of the tug and barge industry in the region have converged on SUNY Maritime College in the spring to discuss current issues and initiatives facing the industry. This year will be no different; the 18th annual Towing Industry Forum will include presentations about safety management systems, wind farms and their impact on marine traffic, and a federal study regarding route planning and access to East Coast ports, among other topics. The forum, organized by the college’s Department of Professional Education and Training, will be from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Windstar Cruises Appoints Inman as Director

New expert hire reflects that traveler safety is at the forefront for the cruise line. Windstar Cruises has announced that they are welcoming seafaring safety specialist Michael Inman as the newest member of the boutique cruise line’s highly accredited leadership team. Bringing with him a diverse spectrum of experience from both the U.S. Coast Guard and the cruise industry, Inman will report directly to Windstar President John Delaney and work alongside fleet and technical operations officials to further maintain and enhance the luxury line’s high standards for safety and traveler welfare.

COMSAT teleport at Santa Paula, CA.  (Photo: COMSAT)

COMSAT Announces Maritime Cybersecurity Programs

Following a June 16, 2017, decision by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that requires ship owners and managers to incorporate cyber risk management into safety management systems established by the ISM Code, COMSAT has announced its suite of cybersecurity solutions for the maritime industry. Recent events have underscored the need to protect fleets from harmful cyber-attacks. The new IMO requirement must be met prior to January 1, 2021. COMSAT provides enhanced security for data transmissions…

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Valerie Walker)

ClassNK Publishes Annual Report on Port State Control

ClassNK has released its annual report on Port State Control. The report aims to assist ship operators and management companies in maintaining compliant operations by providing information about ships detained by PSC as well as deficiencies that were found on board from many port states in 2016. PSC inspections ensure that vessels departing the port meet international standards and have proved to be highly effective in eliminating substandard ships that are in operation. They oversee not only the physical structures and components of a ship…

ChartCo Acquires Docmap

ChartCo, provider of maritime digital data and compliance services, said it has expanded its range of integrated marine solutions with the acquisition of the at-sea digital document management company Docmap. Oslo-based Docmap AS was founded in 2005 and provides solutions within the health, safety, environmental and quality (HSEQ) operations on vessels and ashore. Its recently launched Docmap 8 software operates both shore side and on board through standard web browsers and incorporates modules for audit control and risk assessment…

NWA Analyses Accountability for Maritime Accidents

Existing procedural approaches to safety management and incident analysis may be failing to enable effective handling of risk, and hindering efforts both to establish accountability for, and to learn from, maritime accidents. This is the provocative theme of a workshop to be held next week by the National Workboat Association (NWA), the trade, skills and safety standards association for the workboat industry. The session, entitled ‘Balancing Safety and Accountability’ will bring together representatives from UK and European workboat operators…

Photo courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group

Damen Repair Yards Earn More ISO Certifications

A number of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion yards have recently or will soon achieve new ISO certifications as part of an ongoing initiative to standardize operating procedures across the group. Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (DSAm) and Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen (DSVl) have passed ISO 3834-2 certificate audits. This standard defines rigorous quality procedures for the fusion welding of metallic materials and represents the highest possible accolade in the welding industry. The achievement demonstrates the ability of DSAm and DSVl to undertake the largest refit and conversion projects…

Box Ship Detention Upheld after Appeal

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s decision to detain a Hong Kong flagged containership which dumped food waste in close proximity to Fraser Island in May was affirmed by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal at a hearing on November 25, 2016. AMSA detained the vessel OOCL Le Havre in Brisbane after a Port State Control inspection on May 24 found that its Safety Management System had failed to ensure crew had an adequate understanding of the rules and regulations related…

USMMA Alumni Set up Sexual Misconduct Task Force

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association and Foundation (AAF) announced the creation of a Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment to address sexual misconduct at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA). “Task force members will seek to work cooperatively with the Academy’s administration to develop a coordinated response to address sexual misconduct at USMMA,” according to John Arntzen, Chairman of the AAF Board of Directors. The Task Force…

Left to Right: Chris Desmond (LR), Dean Shoultz (MCFO), Rafael Riva (LR), Michael Klein-Urena (LR) and David Hanowski (MCFO)

Lloyd’s Register, MarineCFO Partner to Provide Turnkey SubM Solutions

Industry Innovators Combine to lead US Towing Vessel Compliance. Lloyd’s Register North America, Inc. has formally announced to the United States Coast Guard its intention to assume Subchapter M Third Party Organization duties effective immediately. This message was followed by the signing of an exclusive Subchapter M joint marketing agreement between Lloyd’s Register North America, Inc. and workboat technology provider MarineCFO, who will jointly bring comprehensive solutions for compliance with Subchapter M.

Deficiencies Photo ClassNk

ClassNK's Report on Port State Control

ClassNK released its annual report on Port State Control. The report aims to assist ship operators and management companies in maintaining compliant operations by providing information about ships detained by PSC as well as deficiencies that were found on board from many port states in 2015. PSC inspections ensure that vessels departing the port meet international standards and have proved to be highly effective in eliminating substandard ships that are in operation. They oversee not only the physical structures and components of a ship…

Carl Durow Photo P&I Club

P&I Club warns on Enclosed Space Entry & Testing

The London P&I Club says it continues to see cases of injuries and fatalities associated with entry into enclosed onboard spaces, including cargo holds on bulk carriers where atmospheres have not been treated as potentially dangerous. In a recent case, two shore staff were permitted by the ship’s crew to enter the cargo hold of a bulk carrier via the usual means of access. But, due to an atmosphere which did not have sufficient oxygen to support life, one member of the shore staff died, along with a crewman who made an attempt to rescue them without following proper emergency procedures.

Thomas Dantin, Baker Lyman as Chief Consultant for Towing Safety Management Systems (credit: Baker Lyman)

Dantin to Lead Baker Lyman's TSMS Program

Thomas Dantin Joins Baker Lyman as Chief Consultant for Towing Safety Management Systems. Baker Lyman has announced the association of chief consultant Thomas Dantin, well-versed in the towing and maritime industry. “Thomas has spent 40 years in the maritime industry and brings his wealth of knowledge to us,” said Corinne Titus, CEO of Baker, Lyman and Co., Inc. Dantin holds a BA from Nichols State University in Thibodaux, LA; a USCG 500 Ton Master of Steam or Motor Vessels on Oceans; is a certified ISM auditor and is experienced at designing Safety Management Systems for the towing industry.

The root cause of many groundings and collisions, lost anchors are among the top five reasons for claims costs Photo DNV GL

DNV GL, Gard, The Swedish Club Step in to Cut Anchor Losses

The root cause of many groundings and collisions, lost anchors are among the top five reasons for claims costs. A rising number of anchor losses reported over the last several years prompted DNV GL, Gard and The Swedish Club to investigate this issue. Based on an analysis of damage cases involving anchor and anchor chain losses, the project partners have issued a presentation identifying the most frequent technical and operational causes, and some steps crews and operators can take to address them.

Photo: Drydocks World

Drydocks World Earns Five Star Safety Grading

Drydocks World, an international service provider to the shipping, offshore, oil, gas and energy sectors, announced it has received a five star rating from the British Safety Council for the Occupational Health and Safety. The company underwent a detailed, quantified and objective audit conducted by the British Safety Council on occupational health, safety management systems and a number of key safety indicators. Drydocks World’s management continually focuses on principles that enhance operational excellence, sustainable development and creating a culture to increase the safety of employees.

Crisis Response Drill in progress

NYK Conducts Crisis-response Drill on VLCC

On October 15 as part of the company’s Remember Naka-no-Se Campaign,* NYK conducted a crisis-response drill based on the scenario of a serious accident occurring on an NYK-owned VLCC (very large crude-oil carrier). Cooperation from the Maritime Bureau within Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), in addition to the Japan Coast Guard and the Maritime Disaster Prevention Center, enabled this drill to be realistic and practical. During the drill, NYK’s crisis-management headquarters simulated a press conference and timely press releases…

DNV GL Offers ISM Internal Auditor Training

DNV GL’s ISM Internal Auditor training aims to impart practical knowledge on how to conduct audits, including auditing practices, guidance, preparation, execution and follow-up. According to DNV GL, participants taking part in its ISM Internal Auditor training will receive a sound understanding of auditing techniques and processes as well as management of an internal auditing program. Participants will also gain an appreciation for the role and importance of internal auditing programs within the maritime industry as related to Safety Management Systems.

ClassNK Releases Annual Report on Port State Control

Classification society ClassNK has released its annual report on Port State Control. The report, which aims to assist ship operators and management companies in maintaining compliant operations by providing information about ships detained by PSC as well as deficiencies that were found on board from many port states in 2014, is available for download here. PSC inspections ensure that vessels departing the port meet international standards and have proved to be highly effective in eliminating substandard ships that are in operation.

Ron deBruyne, CEO and Founder of Helm Operations

Helm Report Says Workboat, OSV Safety Compromised

Some 50% of crews working on offshore support vessels are willing to compromise safety rather than say ‘no’ to clients or senior management, while nearly 80% believe commercial pressures could influence the safety of their working practices. The chilling findings, released to coincide with this week’s International Maritime Organization Maritime Safety Committee meeting, come from a new report on workboat and OSV safety commissioned by operations and maintenance management software specialist Helm Operations.

CWind Wins Third Straight Health & Safety Award

CWind, a provider of services to the offshore wind industry, has once again won the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Gold Award. The Gold award in the annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) recognizes the company’s approach and commitment to occupational health and safety, achieving high levels of compliance and ensuring above average safety performance. It not only looks at accident records, but also at the entrants’ overarching Health and Safety Management Systems, including important practices such as strong leadership and workforce involvement.

Image courtesy: Unicom Management Services (Cyprus) Ltd.

Ship Management and Technology

Technology is central, not merely an add-on, to ship manager brand value. Ship managers who operate vessels on behalf of their owner clients, are the lynchpin of international shipping. As the industry has gone through rounds of relentless cost cutting, at times of increasing regulatory scrutiny, and commercial pressures for high standards, third party managers have filled the need for raising quality, while maintaining tight cost controls. The rise of third party managers in the 1980s and 1990s…