MoUs Target Enclosed Spaces

By MarEx 2015-07-28 21:32:49

The Tokyo and Paris MoUs have announced their 2015 joint Concentrated

Inspection Campaign (CIC) on crew familiarization for enclosed space entry.

The aim of the CIC is to ensure effective procedures and measures are in place to safeguard seafarers. This inspection campaign will be held for three months between September 1, 2015 and November 30, 2015.

The ship’s procedures and measures that are in place with respect to enclosed spaces will be checked for compliance with the requirements of SOLAS during regular port state control inspections.

Port state control officers will use a list of 10 selected questions to establish that crew members with enclosed space duties are familiar with relevant equipment and have received training to carry out their duties and identify and understand the hazards associated with entry into enclosed spaces.

Additionally there are questions aimed at gathering information about the existence of measures in place to test the atmosphere of an enclosed space to confirm it is safe to enter and remains safe whilst people are within the space.

If deficiencies are found, actions by the port state may vary from recording a deficiency and instructing the master to rectify it within a certain period of time to detaining the ship until serious deficiencies have been rectified. In the case of detention, publication in the monthly detention lists of the Tokyo and Paris MoU web sites will take place.

It is expected that the Tokyo and Paris MoUs will carry out approximately 10,000 inspections during the CIC. The results of the campaign will be analyzed and findings will be presented to the governing bodies of the MoUs for submission to the IMO.

Industry Calls for Action

Concern for seafarer deaths in enclosed spaces has been voiced across the industry. In April this year, trade union Nautilus International called for the U.K. to lead “a new and concerted drive to end the appalling litany” of seafarer fatalities in enclosed spaces.

The Union wrote to shipping minister John Hayes following an incident in which two seafarers died in a cargo hold of the Isle of Man-flagged Carisbrooke Shipping general cargo vessel Sally Ann C.

Investigations into the incident, which took place off the coast of West Africa, showed that the chief officer and chief engineer died after entering a hold where timber was stowed and the second officer had to be rescued after losing consciousness when he went to the aid of his colleagues.

In a letter to the minister, Nautilus general secretary Mark Dickinson said the case followed the very familiar pattern of one crew member collapsing in an oxygen-deficient area and two or more being overcome after entering the space without personal protection equipment in an attempt to rescue their colleagues.

Dickinson said there is evidence to show that more seafarers die or are injured in enclosed spaces than through any other onboard work activity. “Changes in ship design and operation, the nature of cargoes, the increasing amounts of chemicals being carried, along with reduced manning levels and radical changes in crewing practices are all factors which have driven the increase in such incidents,” he said.

The CIC questionnaire is available here.


Sea Shepherd Releases Disturbing Video

By MarEx 2015-07-28 20:35:23

Environmental organization Sea Shepherd has released a video that some people may find disturbing.

The video shows Australian actor David Field portraying the death of a whale: pursued until the point of exhaustion, shot with an explosive harpoon causing massive internal injuries, dragged violently to a ship then shot some more before taking up to an hour to die.

That is the reality of whaling today, says Sea Shepherd.

In the “Ultimate Death Scene,” Field takes on the role of a whale which is hunted and shot. Field, who has starred in film roles including Chopper, The Inbetweeners 2 and Two Hands, graphically recreates the slaughter.

The film was created by independent Sydney advertising agency The Works. It aims to increase awareness of whaling and encourage donations to Sea Shepherd so they can continue to campaign to end whaling.

Field said: “The cruelty inflicted on whales is shocking and while most people abhor whaling I think many don’t realize just how brutally these sea mammals are butchered. As a supporter of Sea Shepherd I want to bring this barbaric practice to the attention of as many people as possible in the hope that we can get it stopped.”

Jeff Hansen, managing director of Sea Shepherd Australia said: “The slaughter of these beautiful and majestic whales is horrifying, it needs to stop now. No one will ever know the pain and suffering these playful, gentle giants go through from the time the explosive harpoon ripped through their bodies to the time they drew their last breath in a red sea full of their own blood. One thing is for sure, Sea Shepherd will do whatever it takes to ensure no more whales have to endure pain and suffering at the hands of these whale butchers.”

Paul Swann, creative partner at The Works said: “Those who care about marine wildlife really feel something deeply when they see whaling taking place, we sought to harness this feeling to generate the maximum impact.”

More than 25,000 whales have been killed under the guise of scientific research and commercial purposes by Iceland, Norway and Japan since the International Whaling Commission (IWC) enacted a moratorium on all commercial whaling.

The IWC does not have the capacity to enforce the moratorium, says Sea Shepherd.

The video can be viewed here.