This partly laden tanker was proceeding inbound along a narrow river channel with a pilot on board. The transit was taking place in the early morning hours on a flood tide. Shortly before entering a stretch of the channel with occupied river berths, the pilot ordered the vessel's speed to be reduced from full ahead to half ahead.
A crew member recently suffered a serious head injury after a slip and fall down some stairs onboard. This resulted in him being in Intensive Care for a month followed by surgery. After his medical repatriation back to the Philippines, he required further surgery and a rigorous plan of physiotherapy, occupational therapy and rehabilitation.
Lessons Learnt: Enclosed Space Fatality
As discharge of a cargo of coal progressed, the level in one of the cargo holds had lowered to the point where stevedores needed to enter for cargo trimming operations using bulldozers.
UK P&I Club, a leading provider of P&I insurance and other services to the international shipping community, has launched a gaming app 'Risk Ahoy' to coincide with International Shipping Week, to highlight the hazards that those on board ships face on a daily basis in an engaging and interactive manner.
The Club has recently been advised of the amendments to Turkish Law in relation to drug smuggling; of particular note is the confiscation of vehicles which has been summarised in the attached bulletin.
UK Club correspondents have issued a circular on the low Sulphur fuel requirement to be implemented in all ports within Zhejiang ECA, China which include Ningbo, Zhoushan, Jiaxing, Taizhou, etc. from 1st Sep 2017.
South Korea - notice of amendment to the regulations on the imposition and collection of oil spill response costs
The Club has been advised by our local correspondents that the Korea Coast Guard (former Ministry of Public Safety and Security) issued a notification stating that they have amended the regulations on the imposition and collection of oil spill response costs on 30th June, which will take effect on 1st September 2017.
The Club has recently been notified by our correspondent in China, Huatai, of Typhoons "HATO" and "PAKAR", which landed in southern China on 23rd and 27th August 2017 respectively.
A bulk carrier received instructions to anchor in a designated port anchorage area occupied by other vessels
The Club has received information that on 29th July & 12th August 2017 a small explosive-laden remotely piloted craft (ERPC) had been utilised in and around the Port of Mocha, Yemen.
The Club's Loss Prevention team, in conjunction with Witherby Publishing have just released a new training guide for crew on "Survival craft release and retrieval systems."
This vessel was loading a bulk cargo in two of the vessel's lower holds. During the loading operation, the vessel bunkered 500 MT of HFO into no.'s 2 port and starboard fuel oil side tanks. Shortly after the completion of bunkering operations, the Chief Engineer (C/E) noticed the level of no.2 port fuel oil tank was decreasing from observation of the remote gauging system.
A UK P&I Club Member recently reported the death of two crew members. The crew were found unresponsive onboard, apparently suffering from heat stroke. Sadly, particularly at this time of year, this is not an isolated incident.
The UK P&I Club have received the following circular from correspondents Venepandi, regarding six oil product tankers that are currently docked at the Paraguana Refining Center (CRP).
The Club has received the below guidance from the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations in relation to the escalation of attacks and approaches in and around the Bab El Mandeb Strait
This fully laden bulk carrier was on passage in the Mediterranean Sea during winter. Whilst the seamen were handling the hose on the starboard side, a wave was shipped onto the main deck, sweeping them heavily against the adjacent cargo hold hatch coamings. Both sustained multiple injuries requiring the vessel to deviate to land the seamen ashore for urgent hospital treatment.
George Devereese, Senior Loss Prevention Executive at UK P&I Club, discusses how this important piece of apparatus is often overlooked and why it is important to have realistic fire training drills.
Lessons Learnt: Oil spill during bunkering
This was a very poorly planned bunkering operation from the outset with an almost complete neglect of the company SMS procedures. The bunkering checklist was ticked off but not in fact implemented.
The Club had recently been notified of claims involving our Members' vessels running into fishing farms anchored at the vicinity around the entrance of Lanshan Port.