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Building a Risk Management System

By Karen van Vliet 2019-08-17 21:53:54

Increased emphasis is being put on risk management within organizations. This is, among others, shown in the latest revisions of the most used standards worldwide: the ISO 9001 on quality management systems and the ISO45001 on Occupational Health and Safety in which risk assessments are increasingly referred to. Another interesting aspect is the increase in root causes stating that the absence of a risk assessment has led to the accident happening. Though a discussion can be started on whether the...

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Safety First, Safety Second, Safety Always!

By James Taylor 2019-08-07 16:57:11

During my career in the shipping business, the subject of safety was always at the forefront. I was fortunate to be schooled by several knowledgeable people in the business. It was always stressed that you should never take chances in situations that did not look or “feel” right. Safety gear was meant for a purpose and should never be neglected or forgotten. The rule of thumb was that the one time that you forgot or did not observe safety rules...

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Pirates of the Caribbean, a Disney Fantasy or a Real Threat?

By Alejandro Guzmán Woodroffe 2019-07-29 18:07:49

Contrary to the version portrayed by Disney in its franchise Pirates of the Caribbean, piracy does not take place in a universe full of adventures and adrenaline. The illusion of a fun “superhero” in the form of a pirate has framed in people’s imagination a picture of a guy with parrots, wooden legs and eye patches.  Pirates are and always have been not only a significant shipping problem but also the executors of terrible crimes. Piracy has existed alongside maritime...

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The Road Towards Autonomous Ship Handling with Tugs

By Captain Henk Hensen 2019-07-27 21:30:06

Are autonomous tugs feasible? A good question, but let us first make clear what autonomous vessels are, because the term autonomous is not always used in a correct way.  The following definition is being used: An autonomous ship is a marine vessel with sensors, automated navigation, propulsion and auxiliary systems, with the necessary decision logic to follow mission plans, sense the environment, adjust mission execution according to the environment and potentially operate without human intervention (E-Navigation 09/01/19).   This means...

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The Road to Green-Land

By Dimitri G. Vassilacos and Jason Dallas 2019-07-15 17:59:27

Although shipping is undoubtedly - and by far - the most efficient/greenest way of transporting large cargos across long distances, it is clear that the industry is under increasing pressure from pretty much everyone, from countries and international organizations all the way to investors and pressure groups, to become even greener. Given the industry’s critical role as the connecting tissue of global logistics and its impact on the overall economy this is no simple task to achieve.  ...

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The Future of Tugs in a Changing World

By Captain Henk Hensen 2019-07-13 19:36:10

Currently several means of transport and workboats are undergoing accelerated development towards automation and automated movement.  Almost daily publications appear about automation in shipping. Names of large maritime industrial companies are often found in these publications, giving the idea that they are a major driving force behind these developments. The question can and should be asked, how realistic are these developments? Are they generally applicable, applicable for certain sectors or trades, or perhaps not applicable at all?      In...

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Record Low Newbuild Orders Placed in Q2, 2019

By Olivia Watkins 2019-07-06 20:50:35

Newbuilding orders dropped to record lows in Q2 2019.  Bulkers The total number of bulker newbuild orders is down 73 percent for the first half of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018. So far this year, Panamaxes have been the most popular size to order with an interesting order placed by Klaveness Combination carriers for two Panamax CABUs (83,600 DWT, 2020, Jiangsu New Yangzijiang) which will increase the global fleet to a...

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Tomorrow’s Developments Today

By The Maritime Executive 2019-06-11 17:09:14

Geostationary (GEO) satellites have provided sterling service for many years in the field of broadband data transmission. The most widely-known property of high-orbiting geostationary satellites is that when viewed from the ground, they appear to occupy a fixed point in the sky – but nothing ever remains fixed, not least the principles and processes of satellite technology. Given the ever-increasing demand for rapid, seamless yet cost-effective broadband coverage, the coming years are set to witness a massive expansion in the...

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A Safety Management System – Beacon or Burden?

By Karen van Vliet and Jan-Hendrik Hensen 2019-06-01 21:35:40

Whether a company implements a Safety Management System (SMS) due to ISM Code or Subchapter M requirements or to align its own internal processes, the value it will add to the organization will be found in the quality of the set-up of such a system. Will it be an administrative burden? Or a beacon to light the right direction? With careful attention paid to the level and complexity of the organization and with a strong focus on the user, a...

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Key Differences Between the ISM Code and Subchapter M

By Karen van Vliet and Jan-Hendrik Hensen 2019-05-27 17:53:26

The ISM Code requires shipping companies to implement a safety management system designed to should ensure safe operating practices and should be complied to worldwide – tugs, however, are mostly not required to do so. However, in the U.S., U.S.-flag towing vessels should comply to Subchapter M. This blog provides insight on the similarities and differences between the two. ISM Code During the late 1980s, various serious accidents including the capsizing of the Herald of the Free Enterprise highlighted the...

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