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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Personal Protective Equipment News

Protecting Crews During Disease Outbreak

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Global maritime organizations have issued health guidance on the risks posed to ships’ crews calling in countries affected by the Ebola virus. International ship supplier, Hutton’s Group, is responding to requests for information and assistance from its maritime customers by highlighting the range of medical protective equipment available for use in pandemic situations. Infection Containment Personal Protective Equipment kits, sometimes referred to as Pandemic Kits, are available for emergency use during pandemic outbreaks such as Ebola, SARS and Avian Influenza ('bird flu').

CDC Offers SARS Guidelines for Ships

The U.S. (SARS). The three guidelines are somewhat redundant with each other. first focuses on Personnel Boarding Maritime Vessels from Areas with SARS . Workers Handling Cargo or Other Packages . Cruise Ship Passengers and Crew Members . that SARS appears to be spread by close person-to-person contact. or a sanitizer. contact with objects. from SARS. persons and appropriate medical authorities should be notified.

Clean Harbors Opens New Iberia Response Center

Clean Harbors, provider of environmental, energy and industrial services throughout North America, announced it has based a regional response center here to respond to environmental emergencies throughout the Gulf Coast region. The new facility also augments the company’s natural disaster response and logistical support services for the region, as well as supports existing field services locations in Louisiana and Texas. The response center is a staging area and warehouse for resources and supplies that enables Clean Harbors personnel to quickly respond to land-based and off-shore spills and emergencies at industrial and chemical facilities, as well as petroleum drilling, refining, storage and transportation facilities.

Enclosed Space Entry Safety Amendments Agreed

SOLAS amendments to mandate enclosed space entry and rescue drills agreed by IMO Sub-Committee on Dangerous Goods, Solid cargoes & Containers. Draft amendments to SOLAS regulation III/19 to mandate enclosed space entry and rescue drills were agreed by the Sub-Committee on Dangerous Goods, Solid cargoes and Containers (DSC), when it met for its 16th Session. The draft amendments will be forwarded for review by the Sub-Committees on Bulk Liquids and Gases (BLG) and Standards of Training and Watchkeeping (STW) and then finalized by DSC 17 before submission to the Maritime Safety committee (MSC) for adoption. The draft amendments are aimed…

OSHA Issues Guidance on Abrasive Blasting in Shipyards

New guidance from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) alerts shipyard employers and their employees about abrasive blasting hazards and the controls that can be implemented to protect employees. employees may be exposed to during abrasive blasting. of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), exposure monitoring, medical surveillance and training on the OSHA Hazard Communication and PPE standards. electricity, confined spaces, heat exposure and fall hazards. that has been detailed in the guidance.

Maryland Coast Guard Station Wins Award

The crew of Coast Guard Station Oxford, Md., recieved the Sumner I. Kimball Award for superior readiness Tuesday. Coast Guard Captains Neil Buschman, Fifth District chief of staff, and Brian D. Kelley, commander of Sector Baltimore, presided over the ceremony. The Sumner I. Kimball Award recognizes excellence in crew proficiency, boat and personal protective equipment condition and compliance with established training documentation requirements, and is awarded to the top 10 percent of units throughout the Coast Guard. The Kimball Award selection is the result of many hours of hard work and attention to detail by the crew. "It's an honor for the crew of a small Coast Guard station to receive such a difficult-to-achieve national award.

Transas Launches High Voltage Training Breaker

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Coming in response to recently introduced STCW requirements, Transas has launched a high voltage training solution for marine engineering and electrical training. The new rules require training to be conducted using real equipment, leading Transas to partner with the power technology specialist ABB for the development of a real hardware high voltage generator breaker cabinet compatible with the Transas ERS 5000 TechSim simulators with high and medium voltage systems. The Transas High Voltage Training Breaker is designed to train high voltage switchboard operations…

IMCA Advises on Mooring Offshore Vessels

'Mooring Practice Safety Guidance for Offshore Vessels when Alongside in Ports and Harbours' published by International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). Ships enter and leave ports regularly. Tying up a ship when alongside a berth or another vessel is potentially a very hazardous operation, unless simple and effective safety procedures are followed. 'Mooring Practice Safety Guidance for Offshore Vessels when Alongside in Ports and Harbours' (IMCA SEL 029/M 214), the latest publication from the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is designed to ensure safe mooring with zero incidents. "Mooring accidents are always on the list of personal injury accidents, often resulting in severe injuries or even fatalities," explains Jane Bugler, IMCA's Technical Director.

IMCA’S New Guidance on Mooring Practice

Ships enter and leave ports regularly. Tying up a ship when alongside a berth or another vessel is potentially a very hazardous operation, unless simple and effective safety procedures are followed. ‘Mooring Practice Safety Guidance for Offshore Vessels when Alongside in Ports and Harbours’ (IMCA SEL 029/M 214), the latest publication from the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is designed to ensure safe mooring with zero incidents. “Mooring accidents are always on the list of personal injury accidents…

Liberian Registry, MOL Provide Supplies to Ebola-hit Liberia

LISCR staff with the MOL packages

The Liberian Registry has used a $10,000 donation from Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) to procure medical supplies to help combat the spread of Ebola in Liberia. The supplies, comprising essential materials and medical equipment such as PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) suits, gloves, goggles and respirators, arrived in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, on November 5. They were shipped by air from the United States by TNT, which covered all shipment costs. Scott Bergeron, CEO of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry…

Seagull Maritime Targeting Enclosed Spaces Campaign

Seagull Director, Training Content, Bent Christoffersen

Seagull Maritime has launched a new onboard training course covering Enclosed Space Entry in ships, at a time when the issue is being brought into sharp focus by industry regulators. A committee meeting of the Ports Memorandum on Port State Control (Paris MOU) in May unveiled plans for a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Crew Familiarisation for Enclosed Space Entry. The campaign, scheduled between September and November this year in concert with the Tokyo MOU, is part of CIC efforts to verify compliance with the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC 2006).

Enclosed Space Safety to the Forefront in Maritime

Bent Christoffersen  (Photo: Seagull Maritime)

Seagull Maritime has launched a new onboard training course covering Enclosed Space Entry in ships, at a time when the issue is being brought into sharp focus by industry regulators. A committee meeting of the Ports Memorandum on Port State Control (Paris MOU) in May unveiled plans for a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Crew Familiarisation for Enclosed Space Entry. The campaign, scheduled between September and November this year in concert with the Tokyo MOU, is part of CIC efforts to verify compliance with the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC 2006).

New Courses Offer Online Electrical Safety Training

AVO Training Institute released its new complete nine-module online course series entitled “Arc Flash Electrical Safety”, a complete electrical safety awareness series that includes the latest NFPA 2015 updates. Available for purchase per individual module at $49 or the complete series bundle price of $379 (bundled savings of over $60), these self-paced, online courses are designed to help individuals who may otherwise find it difficult to attend classes through a more traditional method. Online learning also provides a way for those with part of full-time jobs to continue their studies while keeping their regular work schedule. Developed by AVO’s team of electrical safety instructors as subject matter experts and instructional designers…

LR Safety Alert: Working Over Water

Safety alert: Working over water – Lloyd’s Register’s Golden Rules and Instructions for health and safety. Applicabilty: Owners, operators, shipyard managers and site controllers. The Lloyd’s Register Group has published a set of Health and Safety Golden Rules which our employees must follow to keep themselves, and those people around them, safe. Some of these Rules, together with our Instructions, are related to working over water, in particular the conduct of boat transfers. We would like to bring these to your attention so you can appreciate the requirements we are placing on our surveyors.

Hydrogen Sulfide - the Silent Killer

Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) has been called the "silent killer" because it has a way of sneaking up on its victims and killing them without warning. The key to protecting crewmen against the silent killer is to raise their awareness by educating them about the dangers of H2S and the precautions necessary to work with it safely. Hydrogen sulfide is a toxic gas most often encountered as a residual contaminant in cargoes such as crude oil, #6 oil, and molten sulfur. Hydrogen sulfide can also be encountered in holds containing decomposing plant and animal materials. Ballast tanks sometimes contain hydrogen sulfide because of the decomposition of plant and animal material contained in river water.

VIKING's Set to Unveil New Safety Solutions

Photo courtesy of VIKING

VIKING has chosen Seatrade Cruise Global in Fort Lauderdale to showcase a host of new safety solutions and servicing concepts. Marine and offshore safety equipment provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment (VIKING) has a trio of new products in store for ship owners and operators attending Seatrade Cruise Global. The flagship among these is the VIKING LifeCraft hybrid evacuation and survival craft system. Currently undergoing a full-scale test program, the official launch of this new system is just around the corner.

ISS Launches Anti-Piracy Solution

Claus Hyldager, Group Chief Executive, ISS

Inchcape Shipping Services launches state-of-the-art anti-piracy solution. Cost effective armour protection provides unrivalled countermeasures to safeguard vessel and crew welfare. Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), a maritime services provider, and Vessel Protection Solutions (VPS)  announced the launch of a new anti-piracy partnership that will provide the ultimate protection for vessels and their crews while operating in known piracy regions. The solutions will provide customers…

Deaths & Injuries During Mooring Increasing

Serious accidents in mooring operations involving death or serious injury appear to be increasing over the long term, according to the UK P&I Club. The Club finds it has spent over $34m settling related insurance claims over the past 20 years. The numbers rarely exceeded four per cent of all claims on the Club and two per cent of settlements in 1987-97. During the next decade, however, the number peaked at 14 per cent in 2000 and the value at 15 per cent two years later. In 2007, both numbers and values dropped to 1997 levels. Mooring injuries have been only the seventh most frequent cause of personal injuries dealt with by the Club but the third most expensive per claim, indicating that these injuries are often more severe. Some 14 per cent of all accidents involved deaths.

OSHA Standards Applicable on Uninspected Vessels

There has been much ado over the recent Supreme Court ruling that a commercial uninspected drilling vessel must comply with applicable Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards since the vessel was not regulated by under the USCG inspected vessel standards. Those in the know within the industry do not regard this ruling as anything of great consequence, but rather a return to nationally uniform rulings of the law. The case Choa V. Mallard Bay Drilling, Inc. involved an explosion onboard the inland drilling barge RIG 52 in June of 1997. The RIG 52 was in Louisiana waters and was nearing completion of a well when an explosion occurred killing four crewmen and injuring two others.

ICS Releases Migrant Crisis Guidelines

Photo credit: TORM A/S

In response to the continuing crisis in the Mediterranean, necessitating commercial ships to rescue tens of thousands of migrants and refugees during 2014, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published new Guidance on Large Scale Rescue Operations at Sea, which can be downloaded free of charge via the ICS website. ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe explained: “The shipping industry fully accepts its humanitarian obligation to assist anyone at sea whose vessel is in distress.

ICS Guidelines for Large Scale Rescue

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In response to the continuing crisis in the Mediterranean, necessitating commercial ships to rescue tens of thousands of migrants and refugees during 2014, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published new Guidance on Large Scale Rescue Operations at Sea, which can be downloaded free of charge via the ICS website. ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe explained: “The shipping industry fully accepts its humanitarian obligation to assist anyone at sea whose vessel is in distress.

South African Measures to Counter Spread of Ebola

Ebola-epidemic

South Africa's Department of Health has published a Cabinet decision with regards to measures to counter and control the potential spread of Ebola from West African countries where outbreaks have been reported. Cases of the disease have been reported in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria, and recently an increase in the number of cases has been noted in the first three. The Department of Health has taken measures in South Africa to enhance surveillance, distribute guidelines to all hospitals in public and private sectors…

Seagull Launches New eLearning Titles

Maritime training provider Seagull announced the release of nine new eLearning titles. The fourth quarter release includes titles covering Electrical safety, Galley operations – nutrition, Nutrition and well-being – awareness, Electric propulsion – electrical machines, Electric propulsion – power electronics, Electric propulsion – electric propulsion systems for ships, Marine environmental awareness – sustainable shipping, Enclosed space entry – awareness and Shore based assessment. Fatalities and major incidents related to enclosed space entry continue to fuel the urgent requirement to increase crew awareness and Seagull has addressed…

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