Safety Culture in Shipping – A Brief Overview

Marine Safety Culture is one of the most important aspects of shipping. It includes providing security to the life and property aboard a vessel and in the organization with the help of proper management, technology, and rules. Safety culture in an organization focuses on establishing a safe environment for people who work there and recognizing and preventing any mishaps that may occur. The process of implementing safety culture in the company starts with understanding the key points of safety culture and then the steps organizations can take to improve it further. Implementing Safety Culture in Shipping Safety culture has been an integral part of the shipping industry for a long time now. People sometimes find the regulations laid down for marine safety to be a little cumbersome, but they have been responsible for saving many a life on and off seas. The recent fire off the Kandla port is an example of what happens when safety culture is lax and sailors do not adhere to regulations. In order to implement a safety culture there are a few steps that need to be followed. These include: Self-Regulation Self-regulation requires an organization to set goals for its performance. Every individual working for the organization must take proper action and carry out his/her duties responsibly. Safety measures should be undertaken within the organization … Continue reading Safety Culture in Shipping – A Brief Overview

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Preventing Fire Hazards Aboard Ships – Marine Safety made Easy

The recent incident at the Kandla port in Gujarat on January 17, 2018, when a major fire started aboard an oil vessel, MT Genessa, is one of the most recent examples why fire-safety precautions are of utmost importance on ships. The vessel was anchored about 14 nautical miles away from the port and carrying nearly 30,000 tonnes of oil. It is speculated that the fire started either in the engine room due to overheating or in the accommodation area. The Indian Coast Guard promptly sprang into action and worked with resource companies to stave off the fire and prevent any oil spills in the sea. 26 crew members were successfully evacuated and two with critical injuries were immediately taken to the hospital in Mundra. The Indian Coast Guard was monitoring the situation even afterwards to douse a few remaining hotspots to prevent further damage. Firefighting and boundary cooling of cargo tanks However, the accident begs the question, why are we still not able to prevent fires from breaking out in the first place? The reason is, most of the sea-farers might tend to take safety precautions lightly, despite knowing the importance of following them to the letter. Today, we take a look at the most common causes of fires on board ships, the precautions that need to be taken to … Continue reading Preventing Fire Hazards Aboard Ships – Marine Safety made Easy

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