A new electronic monitoring system, called the Onboard e-Reporting app – developed to improve the accuracy of tuna catch data, reduce the occurrence of unreported and unregulated fish stock, and maintain safety of on-board observers – is being tested in the western and central Pacific Ocean.
Back in April 2016, the fishing vessel, Louisa (SY30), encountered a tragedy, with the unfortunate drowning of its skipper and two of his crew.
Having worked a long day, the skipper and his crew retired for bed for the night, anchoring the vessel close to the shore in Mingulay Bay in the Outer Hebrides. In the early hours of the following morning, they were awoken to the vessel sinking. While able to escape to the aft deck, put on lifejackets and activate an EPIRB, they were unable to inflate the life raft in time in order to disembark the vessel and reach safety. While one member of the crew was able to survive, two crewmen and the skipper were found unresponsive and later declared deceased.
If you spent enough time in a boat, chances are that you have been caught out in a severe thunderstorm…
Lightning can be powerful, dangerous and highly unpredictable – according to NASA, a single lightning strike can release power to the value of a trillion watts. This is the equivalent of the power generated by one million yachts (assuming the average large superyacht produces 1000 kW of electricity).
Even though the odds of being struck by lightning are in your favour (about one out of every 1,000 boats), lightning deaths and injuries are on the rise, primarily because there are more boaters, and bigger boats, out at sea. With more people working out at sea, and boating becoming a fast-growing recreational activity, the need for boating safety and preparedness is more important than ever.
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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.
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.
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.
In a controversial move by the Government, Australia is planning on allowing commercial fishing to take place across 80 percent of protect marine sanctuaries – extending its commercial activities so that it becomes one of the world’s largest marine-reserves network.
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.