Are you aware of the implications of not updating your ECDIS System?

The UK Hydrographic Office found that some of their ECDIS systems had old software and charts (Tradewinds, Sept 2016), which could mean risk of safety and time-wasting mistakes in navigation of your ship. A system like iECDIS™ can ensure your charts will always be up-to-date thanks to the multiple update options and easy to use design, putting your mind at ease. Continue reading “Are you aware of the implications of not updating your ECDIS System?”

Basic Safety Regulations That Fleets Fail to Implement

Various bodies are responsible for regulating the global marine industry, including most obviously the International Maritime Organization (IMO), but also the European Union and national governments. As the GOV.UK site explains, agreements, resolutions and conventions are also made by other UN agencies such as the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Safety is an especially pressing issue for these bodies, with the following being some of the most basic safety regulations that sadly sometimes aren’t complied with by shipping fleets. Continue reading “Basic Safety Regulations That Fleets Fail to Implement”

Drug use: a look at the growing problem in the marine industry

One of the most unfortunate trends in the marine industry of recent years is undoubtedly the rise in the number of accidents at sea for which drug use has been a contributory factor.

Far from a matter of relevance solely to the drug user themselves, drug abuse can have a greatly detrimental effect on the safety of not only the user, but also everyone on board a vessel for which they are responsible. This makes drug use an issue that simply must be addressed by shipowners, operators and employers alike. Continue reading “Drug use: a look at the growing problem in the marine industry”

The Invisible Killer: How to Spot a Gas Leak On-Board

With gas leaks responsible for the deaths of 20 people a year according to British Gas, gas safety has long been a pressing issue in the UK, but it is easy to underestimate the danger that this literally invisible killer can pose in marine settings, too.

It may be easy to presume that the usual recommended measures for detecting gas leaks in your home – such as having a carbon monoxide alarm installed – would also suffice for a ship. However, the highly specialised nature of the marine industry and its associated use of oxygen and fuel gases for such shipbuilding and ship-repairing processes as welding, cutting, gouging, heating and brazing means that slightly more specific advice is needed when you are responsible for a ship. Continue reading “The Invisible Killer: How to Spot a Gas Leak On-Board”

A Quick Guide to Meeting Marine Regulations

There are various regulations to be mindful of when working in the shipping industry – and keeping in adherence to those regulations can be tricky. However, knowledge is power, so the saying goes – and, indeed, the more thoroughly that you educate yourself about these regulations and how they can differ, the better prepared you will be in the event that any of them are modified. Continue reading “A Quick Guide to Meeting Marine Regulations”

Sudden cardiac arrest: The risks you should be aware of

As a company concerned with helping to ensure the health and safety of workers on ships, we are eager for you to check that you are aware of the factors that can lead to a sudden cardiac arrest. Upon closer scrutiny of the facts, you could realise that many of your workers are at greater risk of sudden cardiac arrest than you currently believe or suspect. Continue reading “Sudden cardiac arrest: The risks you should be aware of”

How Ships Manage On-Board Healthcare Without Busting Budgets?

Working at sea is naturally going to limit options when it comes to healthcare: there’s no ER just down the road, no 24 hour emergency walk-in, no GP to hand for managing chronic conditions. The Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) demands that seafarers have the right to ‘equivalent’ healthcare as their on-shore counterparts – but is this really possible? Continue reading “How Ships Manage On-Board Healthcare Without Busting Budgets?”

Ship Safety Solutions FAQs

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. Continue reading “Ship Safety Solutions FAQs”

Ship Regulations all Fleets Must Comply with

All ships must undergo thorough checks and adhere to strict regulations before they start their voyage. This requirement helps to protect the condition of the boat, the environment and the safety of the crew. These regulations are outlined in The Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels Regulations (1987), and failure to comply with them could result in fines or prosecutions being handed down, so let’s have a look at some of the rules that all fleets must comply with. Continue reading “Ship Regulations all Fleets Must Comply with”