Disasters at Sea & Their Impact on Shipping Regulation
The history of marine safety is soaked in water and written in blood. “I think that most people will tell you that changes in marine safety are almost exclusively disaster-driven,” agrees Dr. Josh Smith, a professor at Kings Point and interim director of the American Merchant Marine Museum. It hasn’t always been that way. Actually, it’s been worse. Despite some efforts early on to exert some control over shipping practices, going to sea has been accepted as a risky undertaking as long as man has floated vessels.
Places of Refuge
The concept of force majeure has been broadly accepted since mariners initially encountered the perils of the sea. Persons and governments ashore have been obligated, at least by natural law, to accept and succor those in distress at sea. Concomitant with force majeure is the notion of providing a ship in distress with a place or port of refuge. A place of refuge is where a ship could go to avoid or ameliorate the peril and then depart at the earliest opportunity. While the original need for force majeure and a place of refuge was to reduce the risk to the lives of those on board the ship…
Insights: NAMEPA After Five Years Continues Building Bridges
Industry Icon Clay Maitland, founding chairman and leader of NAMEPA, explains how the organization is working towards is engaging business, the regulators and environmental groups. When NAMEPA was founded in October 2007, there had been no major oil spill in North America waters since the EXON VALDEZ in 1989. Although there were shoal waters ahead for those with eyes to see them, 2007 was seemingly a boom year for all sectors of the shipping industry. What a difference five years makes.
ECDIS Ltd included in MCA Training Provider List
ECDIS Ltd included in MCA Training Provider List. The sad consequences of the grounding of ships have been all too commonly seen on television screens world-wide. Ships such as Torrey Canyon, Exxon Valdez and Costa Concordia have become household names in recent years, and the consequences for the environment, the loss of lives, ships and cargoes, together with the costs to insurance companies, have been all too clear for media audiences all around the planet. The UK government…