Familiarity with the ISM code is a subject that has reappeared multiple times during the Deepwater Horizon trails. The ISM code was designed, in part, to assure the responsibility of shore based management in safety matters and the liability of shoreside managers in the event of an incident. Unfortunately, the hearings board has only seen it fit to question crew members aboard … [Read more...]

The Key Element (Often Missing) Element Of Vessel Management

What is the key to success in managing large ships? And by large I don't mean size alone but also the number of people employed and the complexity of jobs conducted. My first step aboard an exploratory drillship was overwhelming. The ship's size was not my concern, I had recently signed off a 1000 ft + crude oil tanker, no it was the simultaneous operations, the complexity … [Read more...]

Ship Of The Day – M/V Harad

After a short break our morning smiles can return with a continuation of the Ship Of The Day blog. For those just joining our audience the blog showcases the most interesting ship visiting Rotterdam that day. As an example here's today's post: Today's SotD is the crude oil tanker Harad (IMO: 9220952, port of registry: Nassau, Bahama's) which is 333 metres long, 56 metres … [Read more...]