What are the advantages of hiring an ECDIS?

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The last few IHO and IEC ECDIS regulations are fast approaching and the time has come to equip your vessel with the latest technology.

Buying an ECDIS is a big decision and with so many options on the market today, it is not always the easiest decision. Continue reading “What are the advantages of hiring an ECDIS?”

20% of sailor repatriations are for gastroenteritis. How can telemedicine help reduce this?

The problem

Managing illness at sea is one of the most challenging issues for the modern shipping industry. The Maritime Labour Convention requires all shipping companies to provide medical care that is as near as possible to the equivalent care they would receive onshore. This can often leave a captain in an impossible dilemma when a member of the crew falls ill. Continue reading “20% of sailor repatriations are for gastroenteritis. How can telemedicine help reduce this?”

5 Reasons You Need a Water Testing Solution

As staff on your vessel could be very reliant on consumable water supplies, you should naturally work to ensure that those supplies adhere to a high level of non-toxicity. You can do this through regular use of a water testing solution – and, here at the marine equipment supplier Martek Marine, we offer more than one such solution to choose from. There are various good reasons why you need a water testing solution; here are five of what could be considered the most vital. Continue reading “5 Reasons You Need a Water Testing Solution”

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”