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Published on 07/10/2016

Ship Safety Solutions FAQs

To protect your cargo and ensure the safety of your crew, it’s vital that everyone on board your ship is in good physical shape.

How can I ensure that my crew are fit to leave port?

To protect your cargo and ensure the safety of your crew, it’s vital that everyone on board your ship is in good physical shape. The use of Narcoscreen drug testing kits is an efficient, simple way of detecting the presence of the nine drug types set out in the International Maritime Organisation’s standards. Thanks to these kits’ compactness and simple design, you can carry out random drug tests at any time, whether you are at sea or in the port.

How can I ensure that I’m taking the safest routes when out at sea?

There are many factors that you need to consider when planning a route, and a top-of-the-range navigation system updated with official charts from the National Hydrographic Offices will certainly help in this process. The iChart from Martek Marine allows for onboard portfolio management and automatically updates routes to enable you to make more informed decisions.

This system can also be fully integrated with piracy and weather overlays to provide you with a truly comprehensive navigational picture.

How can drones be used to improve the safety of my ship?

Drones are an up-and-coming technology in the maritime industry and already show a number of benefits. Drones can search out safety hazards in narrow or confined spaces, both inside and outside the ship. These spaces could prove dangerous for humans, so this technology helps to keep your crew safe.

Drones can also be used to carry out safety inspections on offshore structures and locate gas leaks, so they are sure to be an invaluable, cost-effective addition to your ship.

Do I need a Safety Radio Certificate for my cargo ship?

According to the latest regulations set out by the UK Government, you only need a Safety Radio Certificate if you are planning an international route, so voyages between UK ports do not fall under this category.

This regulation covers vessels registered in the UK, including chemical tankers, cargo ships, gas carriers, oil tankers and commercial yachts with a gross tonnage of over 300.

My crew works in confined spaces, so how can I prevent the formulation of dangerous gases?

The IMO is due to adopt a new regulation stating that all SOLAS applicable vessels need to carry portable gas detectors for monitoring enclosed spaces. If unchecked, dangerous gases can quickly build up, presenting numerous safety hazards and increasing the risk of asphyxiation among crew members.

Investing in a portable or fixed gas detection system from Martek Marine will provide vital reassurance to you and your crew.  The Marine Tankscape, for example, comes with a sophisticated data logging system and can measure up to five gases simultaneously, including butane, propane and methane. However, perhaps one of the most impressive features of the Marine Tankscape is its ability to also print calibration certificates.

Safety is not a factor that should be taken lightly, and there are many guidelines that you will need to familiarise yourself with before setting off on your voyage. For industry-standard, cost-effective solutions for a whole host of vessels, contact the experts at Martek Marine.