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Posted: Mar 25, 2021

Crane Slewing Gear Maintenance and Rocking Tests

Incidents continue due to pedestal crane slewing gear's failure because of bearing wear, often leading to damage to equipment, cargo, significant repair delays and in events of catastrophic bearing failures, severe injury and fatalities. In many cases, the bearings fail with hook loads well below the crane's safe working load.
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Posted: Feb 26, 2021

A Guide to identifying counterfeit Admiralty Products

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has reissued a warning for the
industry to be aware of the dangers of counterfeit versions of ADMIRALTY charts and publications, after observing an increase in the number of counterfeit products in circulation.

These counterfeit items pose a significant danger to crew, vessels and cargo, as they have not been assessed by UKHO experts nor supplied by an authorized ADMIRALTY Chart Agent, who both perform vital quality assurance to ensure the integrity of information in genuine products.
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Posted: Feb 22, 2021

ECDIS Detention data by AMSA PSC

The following data presents examples of vessels detained when serious deficiencies were pointed out during Port State Control (PSC) inspections carried out by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).
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Posted: Feb 22, 2021

ECDIS-related accidents and the human element

There is no doubt that the introduction of ECDIS has contributed to improving the safety of navigation. What seems to be apparent, however, is that the efficacy and safety of ECDIS depends largely on the ability of its user. In other words, how the user interacts with this system is key to its success in ensuring safe navigation.
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Posted: Feb 22, 2021

Carriage of Bauxite which may liquefy

Group A and revised Group C IMSBC Code schedules are now mandatory

Following the loss of the Supramax bulk carrier BULK JUPITER in January 2015, with the tragic loss of 18 lives, the IMO Sub-Committee on the Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC), at its second session in September 2015 noted that the loss of the ship may have been caused by liquefaction of the cargo. Circular CCC.1/Circ.2 "Carriage of Bauxite which may Liquefy" was issued at that time to raise awareness to the potential risks posed by moisture in the carriage of Bauxite. Although Bauxite is described in the IMSBC Code as a Group C cargo, the potential for this cargo to liquefy was not specifically addressed in the Code.
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