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The IMO's Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications, Search & Rescue (NCSR) held its 1st Session (NCSR1), following re-organisation of the IMO Sub-Committee structure, from Monday 30 June through Friday 4 July 2014.

IHO, CIRM and IEC co-sponsored a report (NCSR 1/4) on the revision of ECDIS standards (related to reported anomalies), which also...

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Mooring-dangersThe UK MAIB has issued this year Safety Digest including lessons learnt from maritime accidents. One case highlights how important is everyone onboard to keep alert of the mooring dangers

 The seafarer is routinely confronted with numerous hazards when involved in mooring operations. He/she must always be cautious about becoming complacent with, wh...

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UK-MCA Liquefaction of mineral ores, including iron ore fines, may result in cargo shift and loss of stability and this has been the cause of a number of serious casualties in recent years.

Iron ore fines are particularly prone to liquefaction and the Master should refer to section 7 of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code, which...

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One of the activities specific to offshore operations is the transfer of personnel between vessels and other offshore structures. Such transfers can include movements of personnel at crew change and shift change from vessel to vessel and also between vessels, offshore structures (including offshore wind turbines), barges and crew boats as well as...

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Maritime-New-Zealand Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is undertaking a review of coastal navigation safety to identify risks and assess current and potential safety measures.

MNZ Director Keith Manch said the review, which begins next month (July 2014), is part of a focus on developing an intelligence-led, risk-focused approach to maritime safety.

"In order to appropriately...

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lifejacket A figure has just been released by the Casualty Review Panel in the Fatality Review Statistics for lifejackets 2007-2013 and 2013 Figures for lifejacket fatalities. The number of people who died without a lifejacket/buoyancy aid, who may have lived if they had worn one, has been decreasing since 2007.

The panel has suggested that increasing...

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cargo-container-shipping When a ship runs aground, or two vessels crash into each other, the damaged one may lose its stability, or worse, sink. If after a ship accident, balloons popped up like car airbags to keep the disabled vessel upright and afloat it would help to avoid pollution of seas and beaches and gain valuable time for evacuation. The EU-funded project SuSy,...

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