Cheeki Rafiki update – Owner receives suspended sentence

Mr Justice Teare has called on the maritime regulatory authorities to tighten the rules governing the inspection of yachts.
The Cheeki Rafiki lost its keel as the crew were returning the 40ft yacht from Antigua to the UK in May 2014, they encountered trouble 1,000 miles from the United States with all four crew members tragically losing their lives.
In sentencing the owner of Cheeki Rafki, Douglas Innes, the judge told the father-of-two that ‘cost-cutting had led his actions, and his failure to have his yacht surveyed was a serious act of negligence’.

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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Staying Safe Aboard The Lady Hopetoun – Docking at Noakes, Berrys Bay

Lady Hopetoun was built in Sydney in 1902, named after the wife of Australia’s first Governor-General, Lord Hopetoun (born John Adrian Louis Hope) (1860-1908).

All those working aboard Lady Hopetoun are committed to keeping the ship functioning as it did in yesteryear, to preserve its beauty and history – much like a living and organic museum.

Representing the grace and style of Edwardian steam launches of her period, Lady Hopetoun is maintained in full operational order by Sydney Heritage Fleet’s volunteers. The vessel is available for charter on Sydney Harbour, in addition to carrying passengers on scheduled Fleet cruises.

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Digital Selective Calling And MMSI Numbers

Digital Selective Calling DSC is simply a tone signaling system, which operates on VHF Channel 70 and is similar to the tone dialing on your phone, but with the ability to include data such as the vessel’s identification number, the purpose of the call, the vessel’s position, and the channel for further voice communications. In other words, vessels can call each other direct by use of their MMSIs (rather like a telephone number) without bothering other vessels or shore stations unless of course it is a Distress/Urgency call.

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STCW – What You Need To Know

Any crewmember with STCW safety certificates, both basic and advanced, that are more than five years’ old will need to sit for the refresher courses (this applies to every position on board). Luckily, you do not need to re-sit your entire STCW, you are only required to update your Basic Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting, Personal Survival techniques, Advanced Fire Fighting and Advanced Sea Survival.

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Safety Management System Requirements For Australian Commercial Vessel Operators

Ocean Time Marine has developed a Safety Management System (SMS) Software / Template to assist commercial vessel operators in writing a SMS. The requirement currently in force states that all Australian Commercial vessels used for commercial purposes shall have a Safety Management System. This requirement is stated in the Commonwealth enacted legislation the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel National Law) Act 2012.

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Does My Inflatable Lifejacket Need To Be Serviced?

You are legally required to service your inflatable lifejacket in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions (in Australia). Unless the manufacturer specifies and permits a longer period, you should get your lifejacket serviced at least once a year. If you’re buying a new inflatable lifejacket, you should have it serviced within a year from the day you bought it. You should also keep all your servicing receipts and certificates of servicing as evidence of the service.

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