Tragedy aboard the fishing vessel, Louisa (SY30), should be a reminder that fatigue can kill

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.

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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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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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Insure Your Vessel Against Maritime Casualties by Following a Safety Management System

Over the last few decades, significant improvements have been made to the structure, function and reliability of boats and ships. Emerging technologies have made them more efficient, as well as safer to operate, however, despite the maritime industry’s continuing growth and evolution in response to economic and technological trends, the incident of maritime casualties is still surprisingly high. This is largely because the maritime industry is more than just about ship structure and reliability – it is about the people that operate within this domain and the human errors that feature significantly in this dynamic sector.

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Crew Assessment And Writing Your SMS

Are you completing section 6 of your SMS and need to know how to determine your crewing with NSCV Part D / E.  Many vessel operators appear to struggle with crewing determination. Previously, this was done by the state maritime agency. This is a brave move by AMSA to allow vessel operators to determine their appropriate crew however; this is the system now in Australia.

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Risk And Safety Management

Risk and Safety Risks and safety are closely linked. But how should we understand the term ‘risk’? Risk is a parameter used to judge the significance of hazards in relation to safety, and hazards are the possible events and conditions that may result in severity. The more risky a job is, and then less safe it would be. In other words it can be said that more safety measures are required to reduce the risk of hazards from the job concerned.

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Identifying Hazards Before Writing A Safety Management System

A hazard is any activity, situation or substance that can cause harm. This includes a situation where a person’s behaviour may be an actual source of harm to that person or another person. Hazards can: be actual or potential be physical, biological or behavioural, including temporary conditions that can affect a person’s behaviour, such as fatigue, shock, alcohol or drugs arise or be caused within or outside a place of work.

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Vessels Below 500GT On The Benefits Of Adopting Safety Management Systems

Many vessels are not required to conform to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and therefore, the International Safety Management (ISM) Code. Even if it is not a regulatory requirement for operators to adopt these systems on their vessels, it is advisable to adopt, as a measure of good practice, a specific procedural system to ensure an adequate level of on board safety and quality. Practically this may not be to the extent required by the ISM Code, which may be disproportional to the vessel size, but one which places procedures and record systems on board that concentrate on identifying any significant risks that may possibly arise.

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