18 Sep 2020

ship aground
Those who have been employed in the maritime industry for even few months will have heard the term that 80% of the accidents incidents at sea can be attribute to human error. The solution for this is often quality maritime training for the personnel involved. However, training is perhaps the most easily reversible corrective action. System experts will even go so far as to say that when ...

31 Aug 2020

Paper boats on water
It appears the maritime leadership is limited to the DPA/DP (Designated Person Ashore). The worst is when senior leadership of a company, washes its hands off, of the leadership role, by assuming a DP will do all that needs to be done! The ISM (International Safety Management) Code, in clause 4 defines the role of the DP (designated person).  It is to be remembered that the DP is indeed ...

15 Aug 2020

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The ISM (International Safety Management) Code, in itself, is not a magic wand, that will bring safety or prevent pollution. It depends on the organization on how it implements the Code. Safe operation of ships and the prevention of pollution should have been any organization's objective. Yet all over the world owners to save money compromise these objectives. Did not the Titanic on Apri...

14 Jun 2020

Ship in water
Environmental accidents in the maritime industry get quick media attention. ISO 14001 does not guarantee that maritime accidents will not happen. It does, however, get organizations to consider their operations from a life cycle perspective of minimizing the impact of their operations on the environment. The maritime industry has for a while now been governed by the requirements of MA...

01 Apr 2020

Maritime training institutions (MTIs) play a key role in the overall safety of the maritime industry by ensuring only competent seafarers are certified. Quality Standard System (QSS) enable MTIs to deliver competent seafarers using a process approach to designing and delivering courses. Since the sinking of the Titanic, the world community has been concerned with the competencies of mari...

26 Sep 2019

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Root Cause Analysis (RCA) or Causal Analysis when applied correctly should help to prevent the recurrence and occurrence of similar issues within the organization. Why then is such little time, money and or effort afforded to it? Heroes save the day! Yet again! How often have we come across news articles that laud those who manage the crisis, stop the plane from crashing or save the p...

16 Sep 2019

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The ISM code when implemented in 1998 was meant to encourage organizations to take ownership for the safe operations of their ship and the safety of the environment they operate within. 21 years hence and the benefit of the ISM code is still being debated. Has it been a boon or a burden to the maritime industry? Given the number or maritime accidents and loss of lives most would opine...