Norwegian start-up technology firm ScanReach is set to redefine safety standards at sea with In:Range, a unique system capable of locating anyone on a vessel or offshore installation in real time. The plug and play technology is deceptively simple, easy to install, low cost and, according to the team behind it, could save countless lives at sea.
A Human Factors Dimension to Your SMS
The need to have a Fatigue Management Plan (FMP), which is often viewed as a daunting task for operators of all sizes and complexities. In reality though, if seen as an extension of your existing SMS, the challenge is not as big as you might think. And, an FMP delivers many benefits with minimal impact to your business workflows.
Operating a Fleet of nine vessels on Sydney Harbour is extremely challenging. Over the last 10 years we have developed appropriate Safety Management System (SMS) as required by NSW Maritime/Roads and Maritime Services in paper form. As we are all aware the Safety Management Systems have become, due to legislation, increasingly demanding for crew and the Designated Person Ashore (DPA) to keep all of the documentation valid and current as required by the Regulators.
A $25 million deep-sea timber port, which has been proposed for Smith Bay on Kangaroo Island, is a cause of concern to a nearby abalone farm, for fear that its development could destroy the marine values of the area and deplete its entire abalone stock. Environmental reports, commissioned by Yumbah Aquaculture, indicate that high sediment loads created through construction and operation of the port present a huge long-term risk to the marine ecology of Smith Bay.
The North Sea cod once sustained communities of people across the east coast of Britain, however, after years of overfishing, its population became almost deplete. Over the last decade or so, the EU and Scottish fisherman have played an important role in its recovery, shifting its conservation status from endangered to being in relative abundance.
It is important that vessel operators are completely aware of their surroundings when sharing waterways and have a good working knowledge of the Navigational Rules. Navigation rules gives vessel owners and operators clear instructions about passing, approaching, giving way and overtaking other boats.
New research undertaken at the University of British Columbia (UBC) indicates that up to one third of fish captured in the world’s oceans is not being reported by fisheries. Over a ten-year study, The UBC research initiative, restructured the official UN data with external data, such as university studies, nutritional surveys, and local knowledge, in order to assess the impact of fisheries on the marine ecosystems of the world.
An upstate New York man has been found guilty of the boating death of an 8-year-old California girl who was on holiday with her family on an Adirondack lake in July of last year. Alexander West, 25, has been found guilty of a range of charges, including second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, boating while impaired by alcohol and leaving the scene of a crash, after his motor boat collided with the McCue’s family boat. He faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.