TSB confirm that Safety Management Systems reduce marine accidents and incidents

The absence of a safety management system has been found to be a common factor in a series of marine accident investigations, as observed by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB).

Over the last decade or so, investigations by the TSB into the cause of marine accidents, indicate that organisations that don’t adequately manage their safety risks, with a Safety Management System are putting their lives (and that of passengers and crew) in danger.

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Robot Speedboats Help Improve Safety and Efficiency in Tian’e Lake in China

Robotic speedboats could soon replace human lifeguards in ensuring the safety of thousands of people during busy periods in Tian’e Lake in Hefei, China.

Designed to detect moving targets, the automatic boats are equipped with a GPS, cameras, and acoustic and infrared sensors, with the ability to alert swimmers to move into safer parts of the water, when hitting danger zones. Those struggling and in danger in the water can also grab onto the boat and be brought back to shore, as the patrol boat uses sonar and other underwater detectors to track the location of the swimmer and alert assistance.

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Safety Management Systems For Commercial Vessels

Telling owners that they need to implement a safety management system (SMS) when they have doing their job in many cases for decades is always an interesting conversation.

Since the ISM code was made mandatory in the big ship world, many Domestic Commercial Vessel regulators around the world have implemented their own “mini” or watered down ISM code to suit smaller vessel operators.

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NTSB conclude that lack of Safety Management System played significant role in collision of Peter F Gellatly Tug

An investigation by The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) into the case of the Peter F Gellatly in New Jersey – a collision that caused an estimated $2.7 million of damage – indicates that where a safety management system (SMS) or similar program had been in place, it could have prevented the incident from occurring.

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United States of Marine Safety Association Safety Alert – Prevent Fuel Spray Fire

A Safety Alert has been issued to warn vessel owners and operators about the risk of fuel spray fire onboard commercial vessels.

Incidents with fuel spray fire occur quite frequently – most recently, an incident involved a 194 GRT offshore supply vessel. A fire was ignited in the engine room as a result of a high pressure fuel leak spraying over and upon the port engine’s turbocharger. The engine room, which was unmanned at the time of the incident, suffered a substantial amount of damage, and the company itself lost revenues as a result of the operational downtime of the vessel.

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