GUIDELINES ON THE MEDICAL EXAMINATION OF SEAFARERS

Seafarers are required under the MLC 2006 and STCW Conventions to undergo medical examinations and hold a medical certificate. The ILO/IMO medical examination Guidelines aim to ensure protection of seafarer rights and the environment, safety of life and property, and that medical certificates “provide maritime administrations with an internationally recognised set of criteria for use […]

FREEFALL LIFEBOAT CASUALTIES – SAFE WORK PRACTICES

The Republic of Marshall Islands has issued Marine Safety Advisory No. 52-13 with reference to Freefall Lifeboat Casualties and Safe Work Practices. The Maritime Administrator has recently conducted marine safety investigations into two Freefall Lifeboat (FFLB) incidents that were near miss Very Serious Marine Casualties. In both cases the FFLB was unintentionally released and fell […]

PROCEDURAL REQUIREMENT FOR CONFINED SPACE SAFE ENTRY

Confined space entry and working continue to present significant risks to surveyors. Considering these risks and based on the practical experience of its members, the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has developed a new Procedural Requirement (PR37) to ensure surveyors’ safety when entering confined spaces. It is hoped that this will positively influence the safety performance of the marine […]

GUIDANCE ON SHIPBOARD OPERATIONAL MATTERS

MPA Singapore has issued Shipping Circular No.12/2013 refering to Resolutions adopted by the IMO 65th Maritime Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC 65) held from 13 to 17 May 2013, at IMO Headquarters in London regarding : 1.      Ballast Water Management Convention 2.      Air pollution and Energy Efficiency 3.      Garbage Management 4.      Biofouling Ballast Water Management Convention […]

IMO AIS GUIDELINES

IMO AIS guidelines: Collision Avoidance, Decision Making, and the Totem ECDIS Decision Support Tools AIS Data Since the introduction of AIS in 2001, the question of “how to use AIS data on board” remains unclear. The “International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at sea 1972 (COLREGS)” have no reference to AIS but only to Radar. Consequently, […]

WHAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN YOU DO NOT COMPLY WITH THE NAVIGATIONAL CHART CAUTIONARY NOTES

The UK Maritime Pilots’ Association has issued a cautionary tale about changes to the ship routeing systems in the Southern North Sea In early 2013 public announcements were made to inform mariners regarding substantial changes to be made to the traffic routeing systems within the Netherlands part of the Southern North Sea. These changes had been approved […]