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

Maritime image
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...

11 Feb 2020

Ship with PDCA image
Introduction. Industry maturity is essential in the implementation of any regulatory requirements. The reluctance of the industry toward implementation of the Subchapter M requirements is short-sighted. Based on the analysis of casualties, tragedies and near misses, statutory bodies at the insistence of the executive (Congress as the representative of the citizens) propose regulations...

03 Oct 2019

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16 Sep 2019

Ship with PDCA image
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...

08 Apr 2019

Ship cyber security
As technology advances, there are a growing number of providers that are developing products and services based on the IoT (Internet of Things) framework. In the maritime industry, it is increasingly common for vessel containers to be tracked from ashore and even machinery performance metrics, providing remotely automated readouts, to those ashore. With the increased use of technology, t...