The Human Element of HSEQ – The full package of safety management

Alert! Issue No.26, via The Nautical Institute You cannot produce a safety management system on the cheap, nor expect people to snap to attention and follow procedures when the top management fails to provide the resources, while failing to exhibit a positive attitude to safety. There is some tough talking and good reading in the latest issue of the International Maritime … [Read more...]

Dynamic Positioning Operator Qualification Changes Announced

The Nautical Institute has announced two major changes in their qualification procedures for Dynamic Positioning Operator certification that will become effective January 1, 2012. First, they are significantly restricting the amount of "prior" sea time a person can apply toward the document. Many mariners have several months or even years of DP operating experience before … [Read more...]

If Only Kudos Went Further Than Money – LL/NI Awards

Photo By OneEighteen Your car's parked in the lot outside a roadside diner, well off the road, when a another vehicle pulling a trailer passes. As it passes the trailer breaks free and ploughs into your car, rupturing the petrol tank and spilling fuel. So the police arrest you because you should have assumed that the trailer would break free of the vehicle and parked … [Read more...]

Ship Launching on Yokohama Fenders?

MarineBuzz brings us photos of the M/V Bohai Challenge, being launched on what appears to be Yokohama Fenders (official they're not Yokohamas). They tell us; Qingdao Yongtai shipping supplies co.,ltd has come out with a novel product called Intense pneumatic tire for ship lifting, loading and floating. These highstrength pneumatic tubes are useful in cargo boat launching and … [Read more...]

Nautical Institute on MARPOL Prevention

We rarely reproduce press releases... but it's Sunday and not your usual release. Seaways, the Nautical Institute's monthly magazine, has a story this month on ideas to prevent oil discharges aboard ships. They point some fingers and expose some truths while, in some mariner's opinions, over analyzing others. Here's the summary; The NI has identified a number of potential … [Read more...]