Travelling on a ship can be fun but it is also equally dangerous. Marine accidents happen frequently and can be avoided if proper safety procedures are followed. To minimize the hazards and injuries while travelling on water, proper precautions must be taken. Apart from the safety regulations made mandatory for each ship by the IMO and the safety equipment carried for personnel protection on each ship, there are some safety measures that need to be taken by seafarers to ensure personal safety on the ship. Here is a brief overview of the same. Taking Care of Personal Safety on Ships Personal safety primarily includes the various ways and means which sailors can adopt to stay safe on an individual level, such as careful movement around the ship, steady handling of heavy cargo, etc. In addition, appropriate use of safety equipment is also a part of personal safety on ships. Some of the most imperative measures from these are listed as follows: Wearing Protective Clothing It is imperative to wear comfortable and well-fitted clothes on board a ship as loose clothes can get caught in the machinery and cause injuries. Proper footwear with slip-resistant soles helps in minimizing the risks of slipping and must be worn at all times on the ship. Apart from these, wearing the appropriate gloves to protect … Continue reading How to Take Care of Personal Safety on Ships?
Fire extinguishers are the most efficient devices to douse out a small fire and stop it from spreading. Fires on ships can cause huge damage to life and cargo. It is thus essential to carry portable fire extinguishers along with other safety equipment onboard a vessel. Here are a few tips that one can keep in mind while choosing a suitable portable fire extinguisher: Distinguishing the type of fire: It is essential to distinguish the type of fire to select a proper fire extinguisher to put it out. Using a wrong fire extinguisher to put out a different type of fire can leave around a mess and cause damage to the cargo. Types of fire can be distinguished by the materials involved in them. Fire is categorised in five different classes: Class A: This type of fire usually involves common flammable substances like paper, wood, trash and other things that leave ash on burning. Such type of fire on a small scale can be extinguished with water. Class B: This type of fire is fuelled by highly combustible liquids including kerosene, oil, petrol, gasoline and other liquids. Class C: Fires caused due to electrical interference and high voltage are categorised under this class. Class D: This type of fire is caused due to the combustion of combustible metals like … Continue reading Which Portable Fire Extinguisher is the Right Choice for You?
The Indian Navy has grown from strength to strength over the past few decades, becoming one of the strongest marine forces in the world today. However, given the increasing geo-political undercurrents in the waters of the Indian Ocean, there has been a lot of uncertainty plaguing the policing forces in these regions. The Navy has hence adopted the mantra of becoming a ‘combat ready force for national security’ and is working directionally for the same. As a part of its safe seas and safe shores idea, the Navy is implementing several strategies to protect the country from maritime threats and safeguard the areas of maritime interest. Commitment to the ‘Make in India’ Initiative The principal component for strengthening the Indian Navy is its portfolio of ships, submarines, life-saving equipment, etc. The navy has always maintained an approach of becoming a builder navy as opposed to a procured navy and has hence focused on manufacturing the required equipment indigenously, to the maximum possible extent. As an advocator of Make in India since the initial stages of the project, the design wing of the Navy has manufactured and repaired ships indigenously since the 60’s, with over 200 ships built in India. 34 ships are currently under construction by indigenous manufacturers, from small ships to huge aircraft carriers. Some of the most diverse … Continue reading Indian Navy: Marching Towards Combat-Readiness for National Security