el faro ship

The transcript from the El Faro’s voyage data recorder bridge audio was one of five factual reports added to the NTSB’s El Faro investigation docket as part of the agency’s ongoing investigation into the maritime tragedy. Entered into the docket were factual reports from the Electronic Data Group, Meteorology Group, Survival Factors Group, Engineering Group […]

ParisMoU Greetings 2015-

The Paris Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control will launch a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC,2006). The aim of the CIC is to verify that the minimum standards for working and living conditions have been implemented on board. This inspection campaign will be held for a period of three months, commencing […]


The Swedish P&I Club has issued its Monthly Safety Scenario for August 2016 regarding a grounding incident with pilot onboard at Suez Canal, in order to assist owners in their efforts of complying with the loss prevention initiative. The incident An oil tanker was transiting the Suez Canal and had loaded crude oil in North Africa, […]

norwegian breakaway

One person died and three were injured in an incident which occurred on July 20 during a routine rescue drill onboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Breakaway while the cruise ship was alongside in Bermuda. The lifeboat reportedly fell during the drill and injured the four crew members who were immediately treated by the ship’s medical team. The […]

ballast tanker

JULY 13, 2016 — The U.S. Coast Guard Office of Operating and Environmental Standards has issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (OES-MSIB) on ballast water management requirements that gives an update on the Alternate Management Systems program. Following is taken from the MSIB: Alternate Management Systems (AMS) Program Update This bulletin provides an update on […]


Claims related to illness have been frequently notified to the Shipowners P&I Club, with the number of claims reported remaining steady in number over the last five policy years. The Club  partnered with the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) and issued guidance on maintaining a healthy diet onboard merchant marine ships in order to […]


USCG has issued a policy letter providing post-installation testing guidance following replacement of on-load release mechanisms (release hooks) for lifeboats and rescue boats on all vessels subject to SOLAS Chapter III. USCG has determined that a demonstration of the ‘5-knot test’ may be unnecessary in some circumstances and infeasible in others. This guidance is intended […]

gas testing

Enclosed spaces are spaces that have limited openings for entry and exit, inadequate ventilation and are not designed for continuous worker occupancy. The atmosphere in any enclosed space may be oxygen-deficient or oxygen-enriched and/or contain flammable and/or toxic gases or vapours, thus presenting a risk to life. A new regulation aimed at protecting seafarers who […]


Transport Malta has issued safety investigation report occasioned by a serious injury to crew member during the launching of a tender boat. The incident Thomson Celebration had just arrived and dropped her anchors outside the port limits of Hvar, Croatia with 1236 passengers and 534 crew members on board. Prior to commencing the tender boat services, the crew had to remove the gripes from the […]