Merchant navy is a demanding profession which requires both physical and mental strengths for working efficiently on board ships. Here are ten rules every seafarer is required to follow under the merchant navy code of conduct act.
Bulk carrier ships have been involved in several accidents in the past because of constructional and operational loopholes. In this article we enumerate 11 important points which are necessary to enhance the overall safety of bulk carrier ships.
The security levels under the ISPS code describe the current scenario related to the security threat to the country and its coastal region including to the ships visiting that country. Find out more about the security levels inside the article.
Ship Security Plan (SSP) is a plan that is formulated to ensure that that the measures laid out in the plan with respect to the security of the ship are applied onboard.
Mooring operation on ship is considered one of the most dangerous operations. It has been a reason for several deaths on ships in the past. Find out how mooring operation can be fatal to ship personnel on board and how accidents can be avoided.
Pyro-technique on ship is an illuminating distress signal which conveys that the people using the pyrotechniques are in grave or imminent danger and require immediate assistance. It is a visual method of sending SOS signals.
Learn about classification of stowaways found on ships, along with IMO guidelines, insurance cover and measures to be taken on board ships.
Life rafts are provided as a life saving appliances on every sea going merchant or passenger vessel in addition to the lifeboats. Life rafts are much easier to launch as compared to life boats and in case of emergency situation, evacuation from the ship can be done without manually launching any of them as the life rafts are designed with auto inflatable system.
Learn about the three most common manoeuvres are executed to turn a vessel back towards a man overboard in order to carry out rescue operation at sea.
Man overboard is an emergency situation where in a ship’s crew member falls out at sea. The alarm & Initial Action to be taken are clearly described in this article.
In case of ship’s cargo hold fire at port, it may be far easier to get assistance as opposed to that at sea but that doesn’t discount the urgency and severity of the same. Learn how to fight cargo hold fire of ship in the article inside.
Evaluation of cargo tank atmosphere is done on tanker ships to measure the content of harmful and flammable gases before entering the tanks. Find out more about the importantce to do cargo tank atmosphere evaluation on ships.
Non-Pyrotechnic Marine Distress Signals are used at sea during emergency situations on ships. Find out more about the different types of non-pyrotechnic marine distress signals used on ships.
An immersion suit is a body covering suit that is worn specifically for the purpose of remaining afloat and surviving during emergencies in high seas. Therefore this suit is also known as a survival suit or a rescue suit.
Lack of proper communication on board ships is one of the main reasons for accidents at sea. Chief officer Abhishek Bhanawat describes two real life incidents wherein lack of communication leads to unfavourable circumstances for the ship and its crew.
Oil tankers carry oil of different grade and quality having property to produce flammable vapors and gases when loaded for transportation. These gases can easily catch fire. An IG system is thus used to protect the ship from fire.
The carriage of solid bulk cargo possess potential hazards on ships and thus require efficient and safe stowage and shipment. Let’s take a look at nine of the most common hazards posed by dry bulk cargo.
Merchant shipping has inadvertently played an unfortunate role in the hauling of the illicit drugs over the years. Learn important points to prevent serious crimes related to drug trafficking on board ships.
Ship’s crew visiting ports in countries affected by Ebola Virus must be aware of all the risks related to the fatal disease. Checkout ten important resources that seafarers must go through to increase their knowledge on the possible risks from EVD.
Seafarers have to face several dangerous diseases, disorders and injuries while working on board ships. Learn about seven of the most dangerous diseases/disorders seafarers must be aware of.
The time before the ship safety equipment survey is a hectic one for the crew as several important equipment and systems are required to be checked, overhauled and renewed. Learn about ten important points which ship’s crew must not miss when preparing for safety equipment survey.
The new FREE guide on safe working procedures in enclosed spaces provides information on practical safety procedures and risk assessments that needs to be taken before making entry into confined spaces on ships.
Proper rest and sleep, however, are not merely matters of personal comfort; they are vital to physical and mental well-being of seafarer. Furthermore, those without proper sleep are likely to make more mistakes and suffer from more accidents.
Heat sickness can frequently occur onboard ships due to the extreme temperature and high humidity conditions in which seafarers often work. Learn about the hazards of working in extreme heat.