In a maritime environmental emergency having access to accurate, real time information is vital to mounting an effective response. AMSA has identified the need for a dedicated incident response reconnaissance capability to be deployed to a vessel which is experiencing a Hazardous and Noxious Substance (HNS) incident at sea.
The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) examines and investigates all types of marine accidents to or on board UK vessels worldwide, and other vessels in UK territorial waters.
Located in offices in Southampton, the MAIB is a separate, independent branch within the Department for Transport (DfT). The head of the MAIB, the Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents, reports directly to the Secretary of State for Transport.
"Maritime surveillance: cooperation in practice" is the theme of the upcoming conference being held at EMSA, Lisbon, on 7 May.
The purpose of the conference is to bring together public bodies working at the forefront of maritime surveillance.
Getting a comprehensive overview of activity at sea is a challenge for most countries. To implement maritime policies effectively, governments and authorities need detailed, reliable knowledge about what happens at sea, in real time. EMSA collects, processes and exchanges maritime related data from a wide range of sources for efficient maritime surveillance.
Lloyd's Register (LR) issued a Statutory Alert regarding the alternative methods for lifeboat drills on mobile offshore units.
The Code for the Construction and Equipment of Mobile Offshore Drilling Units, 2009 (the 2009 MODU Code) requires lifeboats to be launched and manoeuvred in the water at least once every three months, as far as is practicable.
Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) announced that pilotage service providers who wish to perform transit pilotage assignments in Danish territorial waters of Oeresund and the Great Belt during the years 2016-2019 can apply for authorisation at the Danish Maritime Authority. Closing date is 1 May 2015.
Brittle crack arrest steel on the upper deck and hatch side coaming
ClassNK has announced it will carry out a joint research project aimed at improving safety standards for ultra-large container ships.
As container ships increase in size, so too does the thickness of the steel that is used. The preventative measures for brittle fracture become even more important with thicker steel especially in areas where higher stress occurs such as the upper deck and hatch side coaming of the cargo holds.