Concerns Over Quality of Risk Assessments

Nautilus Telegraph, July 2013: Accident investigators have expressed concern at the lack of international guidelines governing the way in which shipping companies carry out risk assessments. In a report on a fatal incident onboard a chemical tanker in 2011, the Norwegian accident investigation branch (AIBN) argues that existing regulations give operators ‘a great degree of…

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SRI Charter of Good Practice for provision of legal services to seafarers

SRI Announces New Legal Charter to Support Seafarers

In an important contribution to the legal support of seafarers worldwide, SRI (Seafarers’ Rights International) has launched a Charter of Good Practice for the Provision of Legal Services to Seafarers. “For seafarers, seeking the advice of a lawyer can be one of the most stressful events of their career,” says Deirdre Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of…

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Costa probe blames the human element

IMO to meet this month to consider recommendations from inquiry into Italian disaster The long-awaited official Italian report on the investigation into the Costa Concordia disaster last year has concluded that ‘the human element is the root cause’. But the 173-page report also highlights a series of technical and design shortcomings that resulted in ‘immediate…

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Been there, done that… a recipe for success?

A debate is raging about the future of the superintendent’s role — much of it focusing on the thorny question of whether superintendents need to have been to sea or sailed in the highest ranks to do their job well The Maritime HR Forum — an association of 60 shipping employers who come together to benchmark salary data for the shipping…

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