Saturday, March 27, 2010
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Thursday, March 25, 2010
Three of 12 Filipino seafarers who have been stranded in Greece since July 2009 returned to the country Wednesday and lamented that the Philippine government failed to help them. The other stranded seafarers from other countries were able to go home immediately.
The rest of the stranded Filipino seafarers are expected to arrive in Manila within the week.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Heat stroke is the most severe form of heat illness and is a life-threatening emergency. It is the result of long, extreme exposure to the heat or humidity, in which a person does not sweat enough to lower body temperature.
Personnel working outdoors and those on certain types of medications are most susceptible to heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses. It is a condition that develops rapidly and requires immediate medical attention.
What are the symptoms of heat stroke?
Symptoms may include:
c. Disorientation, agitation or confusion
d. Sluggishness or fatigue
f. Hot, dry skin that is flushed but not sweaty
g. High body temperature
h. Loss of consciousness
i. Rapid heart beat
Prevention is still the BEST thing to do
a. Hydration. Drink plenty of fluids during outdoor activities, especially on hot days. Water and sports drinks are the drinks of choice; avoid tea, coffee, soda and alcohol. It is advisable to keep a bottle of water handy especially when working outside the office.
b. Ventilation. Staying in a place where there is plenty of airspace which will help allow your body to naturally cool itself.
c. Clothing. Light colored, loose fitting clothing will aid your body in breathing and cooling itself down naturally. Tight clothing restricts such a process and dark colors absorb the sun’s light and heat.
d. Limit strenuous outdoor activity. Stay out of the sun, if possible.Heat related illnesses are preventable. Like many sicknesses, it's easier to take steps against heat stroke than it is to treat it. Most doctors recommend consuming eight or more glasses of water a day during normal weather conditions and twice that during high temperature periods, especially when working outdoors.
With the introduction of the NIR the PMoU will change its target of inspecting 25% of individual ships calling at each member State to a shared commitment for full coverage of inspecting all ships visiting ports and anchorages in the PMoU region as a whole.
The Target Factor will be replaced by the Ship Risk Profile. The Ship Risk Profile classifies ships into Low Risk Ships (LRS) and High Risk Ships (HRS). If a ship is neither Low Risk or High Risk it is classified as Standard Risk Ship (SRS).
The company performance criteria for the calculation of the Ship Risk Profile is a new parameter in the PMoU. The PMoU has established a formula which takes into consideration the deficiencies and detentions in the last 36 months of the company’s fleet, based on the IMO company number and compares it to the average of all vessels inspected in the PMoU to determine the performance level. The companies will be ranked into very low, low, medium and high. Any Refusal of Access (Ban) will have a negative impact on the ranking of the companywill be subject to more in-depth and more frequent inspections.
As pirates increasingly target cargo vessels in the Gulf of Aden, owners are struggling to pay escalating ransom demands — putting their crews at risk, an insurance executive told nearly 100 Korean ship owners and insurance brokers meeting here.
Jonathan Doherty, North Asia regional manager for the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, noted that each year an average of 500 Korean ships pass through the Gulf of Aden, currently one of the most dangerous regions for piracy. In 2008, 111 ships, including Korean-owned or manned cargo vessels, were attacked by pirates in the Gulf of Aden, a 200% increase over 2007. Forty-two of those ships were held for ransom, and 889 crew members were taken hostage. Most ransom demands were between $1 million and $4 million per ship.
16"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[a] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16 (King James Version)
16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life
Sunday, March 21, 2010
learning; and a man of understanding shall
attain unto wise counsels:
2:5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the
LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his
mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
Sam D. Daguio
•Within 4 nautical miles from land no discharge is allowed except from an approved treatment plant certified by the flag state authority or authorized classification society.
•Between 4 and 12 nautical miles no discharge is allowed except from an approved treatment plant or approved system for comminuting and disinfecting sewage certified by the flag state authority or authorized classification society.
The Azov Sea is considered to be an internal sea of the Ukraine, meaning that the 12 nautical miles zone should be measured from the Ukrainian Black Sea coast.
A valid International Sewage Pollution Prevention Certificate is compulsory under MARPOL Annex IV, but in many cases is reported not to be sufficient to fulfil the SIPABS inspectors’ requirements for the discharge sewage in the above mentioned zones. This is a clear contradiction of MARPOL Article 5 §1 related to acceptance of certificates issued by other parties to the Convention.
All ships calling at Ukrainian ports are subject to sewage water inspection by the State Inspection for Protection of the Azov and Black Sea (SIPABS). And the inspector should rule whether the treated effluent sewage water meets the permissible pollutant concentration, based on discharging sewage tests.
The power of the SIPABS inspectors is sadly a challenge for many ships equipped with Flag State approved and certified sewage treatment plants. Ships with a certified sewage treatment plant are normally discharging sewage within any 12 nautical miles zone, including alongside and at the anchorage, without any problems.
In most cases the SIPABS inspectors are boarding ships upon berthing and on the spot raising allegations that the sewage treatment plant produced effluent sewage water exceeds the permissible pollutant concentration.
In many cases, the ruling by SIPABS inspectors do not correlate with any actual discharging sewage tests nor test carried out in accordance the IMO Resolution MEPC.159 - Guidelines on Implementation of Effluent Standards and Performance Tests for Sewage Treatment Plants related to “Sampling methods and frequency”.
The SIPABS inspectors have been reported to issue administrative fines for an approximate amount of USD 150, which is followed by a pollution claim calculated on the basis of USD 140 per cubic meter of sewage water discharged from the ship (using 200 litres of sewage is a standard daily rate per one crewmember). The fine and claim have to be paid before the ship's departure; otherwise, the ship is detained until at least the provision of bank guarantee serves as a financial security of the claim.
In order to minimize exposure to heavy and randomly given sewage pollution fines, extra caution should be exercised prior to arrival, and the following actions should be considered by all ships calling at Ukrainian ports or waters:
•Sewage overboard discharge valves should be securely locked and sealed in closed position when entering any 12 nautical miles zone in the Black Sea.
•Operation of the sewage system, including securely locking of valves, should be duly documented in the appropriate record books.
•Use holding tank(s) which can store the generated sewage output. (The Ukrainian sewage regulations have an estimated daily rate of 200 litres per crewmember on board)
The discharges of sewage to a port reception facility is a mandatory pre-departure requirement in the sewage regulations, so the holding tank(s) used should comply with MARPOL Annex IV Regulation 3, i.e. having a connection/pipeline for discharge of sewage to a reception facility.
In case of any incident or SIPABS notification of alleged violation of local sewage regulations:
•Inform the P&I Club immediately.
•Do not to accept any liability nor sign any papers other than with “for receipt only and without any prejudice” .
•The alleged sewage pollution claim should be protested by a letter of protest.
•Request in writing a joint sampling/test to be carried out.
Friday, March 19, 2010
- Admiral Grace hopper
"There are no extraordinary men...... just extraordinary circumstances that ordinary men are forced to deal with."
- Admiral William Frederick Halsey Jr.
from the rebel-held south of the Horn of Africa nation to Dubai.
The government said this week that illegal charcoal exports to Gulf states
were a big source of income for rebel groups such as al Shabaab that
control parts of Somalia.
“We have hijacked a boat laden with charcoal shortly after it was seen off
by armed al Shabaab from Kudha port,” a pirate called Hassan told Reuters.
“The boat was en route to Dubai where it initially came from.”
Staff at the al Shabaab-controlled southern port of Kismayu further north
from Kudha said the boat had been chartered by Somali traders and was
seized in waters off Kismayu.
The staff, who declined to be named, said the boat had earlier brought food
into Kismayu before picking up the charcoal at Kudha port.
Somali sea gangs have plagued the busy shipping lanes off Somalia for
several years earning ransoms worth millions of dollars from most vessels
Besides the ships held for ransom, pirates also hijack vessels to be used
as so-called motherships which ferry the gunmen and their speedboats far
out to sea to launch attacks.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
French police are investigating the deaths of three seafarers onboard the Greek product tanker " Arionas".
Local sources said that police are not convinced that food poisoining was to blame, as has been suggested by some authorities.Doctors were assisting the inquiry into the deaths, at the time of writing.
The Marshall Islands-flagged tanker was sailing through the English Channel, laden with 27, 850 tonnes of fuel oit, when French coastguards received an emergency call from the captain.
The ship had a crew of 2o Russians and Filipinos. It was on voyage from Cyprus to Rotterdam, the French marine authority said.
Arionas is managed by Capital Ship Management of Piraeus and is currently in Le Havre, according to AIS.
Source: Tanker Operator
Each year, Time magazine does a story on “10 ideas that are changing the world.” This year, the editors have made it a more forward-thinking feature, labeling it “10 Ideas for the Next 10 Years.” In this issue we will see several risk management-related angles in some of the trends they expect to shape the coming decade.
Something worth reading.. grab your copy now... =)
extracted from: http://www.riskmanagementmonitor.com/
COSCO Shipping has revealed that it has budgeted over US$570 million to purchase 18 new multi-purpose and heavy lift vessels. COSCO’s heavylift subsidiary in Guangzhou has two 50,000DWT semi-submersible vessels nearing completion. More at Baird Maritime >>
Princess Cruises has named Copenhagen as its “Port of the Year” for 2009 – a distinction awarded as the result of passenger satisfaction surveys. Copenhagen is the first port outside of North America to earn this honor. The annual award is given to one of Princess’ 33 worldwide turnaround ports that earn the highest scores for the year, as rated by passengers on each cruise. More at CruiseIndustryNews >>
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Indonesia completed a massive anti-terror drill involving its military and police on March 13, reported the Bernama News Agency.
Although the news story did not say if the drill was a reaction to intelligence reports of an impending terror strike on oil tankers in the Malacca Straits, it cited Tanjung Priok as being one the sites participating in the drill. As part of the drill at Priok, police and military forces were asked to cripple a terrorist group that intended to hijack an oil tanker.
Indonesia has lately been on the alert for terror threats especially in the run-up to US president Barack Obama’s visit.
Saturday’s drill had also included dry runs at the airport, the nation’s stock exchange and other key installations in the country.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult--once we truly understand and accept it--then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.
ISTANBUL, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) projected on Thursday that China will grow by 8.5 percent this year and 9.0 percent in 2010, saying China will lead Asia out of the economic recession.
Recent indicators point to a strengthening recovery in Asia "led by a rapid rebound in China, where growth accelerated to an annual rate of 7.1 percent in the first half of the year," IMF said in its World Economic Outlook (WEO) issued in Istanbul on Oct.1.
Asia's growth momentum will build during the second half of 2009, forming the basis for a generally moderate recovery in 2010,said the report.
China and India will lead the expansion this year and will grow at 8.5 percent and 5.4 percent respectively, boosted by large policy stimulus which is increasing demand from domestic sources, it said.
"The policy stimulus in China could support recoveries in other parts of Asia," the report said.
According to the report, China will see growth rise to 9.0 percent in 2010, while "emerging" Asia will grow by 5.0 percent this year and 6.8 percent in 2010.
While the manufacturing-oriented economies such as South Korea and Singapore slumped and had recorded peak declines in industrial production of about 25 percent by the end of 2008, only China, Indonesia and India escaped a severe recession, said the report.
The intensifying rebound in Asia can be linked to three factors, said the report, namely expansionary fiscal and monetary policy, are bound in financial markets and capital inflows and the growth impulse for industry following large inventory adjustments.
IMF on Thursday raised its 2010 growth forecast for the world economy to 3.1 percent from 2.5 percent, saying the global recession "is ending."
The WEO presents the IMF's analysis and projections of economic developments at the global level, in major country groups which are classified by region and stage of development, and in many individual countries. It focuses on major economic policy issues as well as on the analysis of economic developments and prospects.
The 2,200-gt Vesborg (built 1995), operated by Nordic Ferry, headed back to Tars only 10 minutes after leaving for Spodsbjerg on 7 March, a local report said.
A fire alarm had sounded, alerting crew to dense smoke coming from the bus,caused by oil catching fire.
The blaze was quickly extinguished and there was no danger to the 19passengers. The ship was later able to complete its voyage.
Source: "JAMS LRO NEWS"
Friday, March 12, 2010
It is therefoe incumbent on the ship owner or ship manager to adopt best industry standards in respect of the recruitment and training of seafarers; and to ensure that they receive the training necessary for them to carry out their duties- including the operation and /or maintenance of technically complex and multi-discipline systems. They must also be regularly updated , tested and drilled, through programmes of on-job and continuation training.
The systematic maintenance, improvement and broadcasting of knowledge and skills, and the develoment of personal qualities necessary for execution of professional and technical duties throughout the individual's woking life' at sea and ashore.
Extract from: NI-Alert /Capt Martin Burley,MNI
- Have had unprotected sex with many sex partners.
- Have a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
- Use illegal injected drugs.
- Had blood transfusions or received blood products before 1985.
- Have a sex partner with any of the above risk factors.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
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Challenges satisfy man's sense of adventure. It's his innate desire to continually discover, as expressed in the popular TV series Star Trek, "to boldly go where no man has gone before." Life is indeed an unending series of outstanding discoveries and developments, from the invention of the wheel to the spanking new 800 passenger Airbus A380 megajet. This largest passenger aircraft in the world has practically made possible the reinvention of the dream of flying - and at 15,000 kilometers non-stop! After fifteen years in the making, with inevitable challenges along the way, SUCCESS finally!
Sunday, March 7, 2010
STX's license of the FRIENDSHIP-Framework 2.1 is part of a design package, which Friendship Systems offers in collaboration with Swedish flow expert and cooperation partner FLOWTECH. Both software systems perfectly match.
The FRIENDSHIP-Framework 2.1 provides distributed computing, a functionality that allows the effective use of idle or even remote IT infrastructures and, as a consequence, the acceleration of long and intensive tasks, such as variant generation and optimization. In addition, the software's data management is enhanced with faster file handling and lighter workload for designers. In case of system failures, the new feature Crash Recovery can retrieve an open project to its latest state and thus save valuable work. Release 2.1 of the FRIENDSHIP-Framework was launched late last year. The software is produced by GL's Friendship Systems.
Being the fourth largest shipbuilder worldwide, STX Offshore & Shipbuilding has a track record of more than 700 delivered ships including container vessels, tankers, naval ships, LNG, submarine and offshore vessels. With the 2009 acquisition of shipbuilder STX Europe (former Aker Yards) as largest shipbuilder in Europe, STX has incorporated know-how also in cruise shipping.
Friendship Systems is focusing on realizing simulation-driven design of functional surfaces by tightly coupling geometric modeling and flow simulation. STX Offshore & Shipbuilding is the second commercial customer of software developer Friendship Systems in Korea-along with shipbuilder DSME and academic licensor PNU.