| Thursday, January 22, 2015 |
This year, two new safety regulations will take effect
to improve passenger and crew safety, and an updated and revised Rescue at Sea
Guide has been published.
Resulting from the Costa Concordia accident, IMO
Resolution MSC 350 (92) was amended to state that all passenger muster drills
are required to be undertaken before a vessel leaves any port where new
passengers board the vessel. Previously,
the muster drills could be completed within 25 hours of departure.
Investigations following the Concordia disaster showed
that passenger ships that picked up guests at multiple ports didn’t always hold
a drill for new passengers before disembarking. In the case of the Concordia disaster, in fact, some passengers had not
undertaken the drill when the accident happened.
The second regulation, SOLAS Regulation III/19,
requires that enclosed space entry and rescue drills must be completed every
two months. Any crew member who has
responsibility for entry into an enclosed space, or the rescue from an enclosed
space, must participate in these drills.
Tragedies occur after crew members have entered an enclosed
space deprived of oxygen or containing toxic gasses. Past incidents have included oxygen starved
holds that resulted from carrying organic cargoes like timber, wheat and logs,
as well as mineral cargoes like direct reduced iron or coal, according to
P&I insurer, Skuld. Additionally,
accidents can happen when tanks or cargo holds are being inspected or
According to Christian Ott, Vice President Head of
Claims at the Skuld Singapore branch, “Tragically, these accidents have at
times been compounded, because once it became clear that someone was in
trouble, someone else rushed to help them - but without themselves first taking
proper precautions and using appropriate safety equipment. On occasion a number
of fatalities resulted from such an incident.”
Rescue at Sea
On January 14th, the updated and revised Rescue at Sea: A Guide to Principles and
Practice as Applied to Refugees and Migrants was published.
The informational publication was prepared jointly by
the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Chamber of
Shipping (ICS), and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees (UNHCR). The document provides instructions
on legal provisions, measures to meet specific needs of rescued persons, and
practical procedures to ensure their timely disembarkation. The guide is specifically written regarding
refugees and asylum –seekers.
read the guide in its entirety, you can follow this link.