Safety at Sea

Clear Seas launches a new tool for maritime safety

  On July 12, 2020, the Alanis and the Florence Spirit collided as they were heading in opposite directions on the Welland Canal that connects Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. Photo: Archives Maritime Magazine An online dashboard developed by the Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping (Clear Seas) provides a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind publicly available …

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Marine salvage expertise must not decline… (Forum)

  By Michael Grey* These are tough times for the professional salvor, with concern being expressed about weak revenues and worries about capacity. To the casual inquirer about salvage matters, it might seem that marine casualties have been both frequent and spectacular of late, what with containership fires, blazing tankers and car carriers that won’t stay …

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TSB Canada reports decline in marine accidents

  In its transportation statistics 2020, TSB Canada recorded a total of 262 marine accidents (resulting directly from the operation of a ship), down from the 2019 total of 267 and below the 10-year average of 289. In 2020, the proportion of shipping accidents was 84% of marine accidents, comparable to the previous 10-year average …

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NAPA, MOL, and ClassNK push on with navigational risk monitoring system

  Helsinki, Finland and Tokyo – NAPA, a maritime software, service and data analysis provider, alongside classification society, ClassNK, and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL), announced that the software they have been collaborating on to intelligently monitor and mitigate grounding risks has been verified as successful in its proof-of-concept stage. Following the proof-of-concept stage, MOL, …

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Transport Canada urged to impose special new safety regulations to protect workers on undersized tugboats

  Wainwright Marine Services Ltd.’s “Ingenika” tugboat went missing in the Gardner Canal area south and east of Kitimat on Feb. 11, resulting in two deaths and the rescue of a third man. (Wainwright Marine Photo) The union which represents tug workers on Canada’s West Coast has asked Transport Canada to require formal safety management …

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Two mariners drown after tugboat capsizes off BC coast

  Wainwright Marine Services operate seven tugs and ten barges from Prince Rupert. (Photo: Wainwright Marine Services Ltd./Facebook) Two mariners drowned and one was rescued after a tugboat capsized early last Thursday morning in the Gardner Canal, 35 nautical miles south of Kitimat, northern British Columbia. Very windy conditions reportedly caused the incident. Owned by …

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Lifeboat drill accident injures two crew members in Vancouvers’ English Bay

According to a CBC report, two crew members on the Panamanian-flagged 78,819 DWT bulk carrier Blue Bosporus, were seriously injured in English Bay, Vancouver. The 12-year-old vessel was conducting a routine drill when the lifeboat  unexpectedly released. The Coast Guard’s Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS) issued a mayday. The Canadian Coast Guard responded, along …

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New technology may weaken seafarers’ professional judgment (Forum)

  By Guro Kulset Merakerås A good sailor has traditionally been a person who makes decisions that ensure that their ship, cargo and crew are safe. Good seamanship has not been synonymous with following procedures and doing everything by the book. Maybe just the opposite. Opposing a set of rules that are perceived as irrelevant or …

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Canada’s first Indigenous-led Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary begins operations in British Columbia

Mr. Robert Stacey Paul Johnson, Heiltsuk CN-CGA Zone Coordinator Victoria, BC, – The Coastal Nations Coast Guard Auxiliary (CN-CGA) commenced on-water operations this fall in the territorial waters of Ahousaht and Heiltsuk First Nations, becoming the first Indigenous-led Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary in Canada. CN-CGA response units in Nisga’a, Gitxaala, and Kitasoo/Xai’xais territorial waters will …

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Shocking WMU report underlines why seafarers work such long hours

New research from a team at the World Maritime University (WMU) underlines systemic failures in the implementation of the regulatory regime for seafarers’ hours of work and rest, undermining the credibility of international regulations relating to working hours. ‘A culture of adjustment’, by Dr. Raphael Baumler, Ms. Yvette deKlerk, Dr. Michael Ekow Manuel and Dr. …

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