05 DEC 2019
Enforcement of India’s requirement for ships to keep single-use plastic items locked in a store whilst in Indian territorial waters has been delayed until further notice, however, an identical prohibition will now be enforced in Kuwait.
04 DEC 2019
Lashings should be spanner tight. Slack lashings on container bays are not desirable for obvious reasons. But should the crew apply excessive force or use tools to increase the mechanical advantage on the lever that allow them to over-tighten the lashings?
28 NOV 2019
New guideline from CIMAC recommends ships’ crews be proactive in limiting the mixing of fuels with widely different properties and perform compatibility tests between all fuels.
28 NOV 2019
Do the planners and crew appreciate the impact of an increased GM on the vessel’s acceleration forces?
27 NOV 2019
CINS launches new safety guidance for the stowage of classified dangerous goods onboard containerships.
20 NOV 2019
In a significant number of collisions, we have found that most mariners do not reduce speed to avoid a collision.
12 NOV 2019
The playwright George Bernhard Shaw once said “the single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” This phrase perfectly describes the central constraint preventing harmonized working between a pilot and Master – communication.
In response to two piracy incidents over three days off the coast of Togo and Benin, both involving crews taken hostage, we reiterate our advice for vessels to operate with a heightened level of security in the Gulf of Guinea region
An overtaking situation might not be clear cut every time. Take for instance a classic dilemma where two vessels whose speeds differ marginally are on a converging course.
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Updated 5 December 2019
On 21 November 2019, India announced that its policy to prohibit the use of certain single-use plastic items onboard ships has been postponed for the time being. Our alert of 5 December 2019 has the details.
Vessels should exercise caution when operating in oil affected areas and thereby reduce the likelihood of having to clean their hulls in the future. Masters are encouraged to also report all sightings of oil sheens to the Brazilian authorities.
15 OCT 2019
Your cyber security is only as strong as your weakest link. A number of pieces of electronic equipment on board depend on information received from other electronic systems for effective operations.
10 OCT 2019
Seafarers should be able to fully rely on the IMO-mandated life-saving appliances and equipment at their disposal, says the IMO.
08 OCT 2019
Don’t let your guard down. Observe the approaching vessel and know when to take action.
07 OCT 2019
After a drop in the number of dengue cases in 2017-18, 2019 has seen a sharp increase and countries in South America and South-East Asia are currently the most seriously affected.
01 OCT 2019
When the risk of collision is assessed using a series of compass or radar bearings, it is important to understand its limitations, both at short and long range.
01 OCT 2019
In an effort to assist ships unable to re-route away from the Sulu-Celebes Sea and eastern Sabah region, ReCAAP ISC has published a new guidance with measures to aid the prevention of crew abductions.
25 SEP 2019
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Act early. Act large. There have been several collisions in crossing situations where the give way vessel waited too long to make the course alteration.