Archive of: Safety Articles

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SAFETY ALERT: Maintaining inflatable life jackets

Knowing and following the manufacturer's instructions could save your life

Web Bulletin 2016

Telemedicine partnership combines video, chat into ‘virtual ER’

June/July 2014
Masters, shipowners face liability risk from armed guards’ mistakes

Masters, shipowners face liability risk from armed guards’ mistakes

In protecting merchant ships from pirates, private armed guards have become a favorite tool. The guards and their weapons, however, present legal risks for the shipowner and master if something goes wrong.

June/July 2014
Cruise industry debates whether mega ships are safe enough

Cruise industry debates whether mega ships are safe enough

When it comes to safety, how big is too big?

April 2014

On the world’s largest cruise ships, evacuation may be a daunting task

There are many challenges for the safe evacuation of the world’s two largest cruise ships, each of which can carry up to 8,754 passengers and crew.

April 2014
Newly designed immersion suit, aided by warm breath, can protect for 24 hours

Newly designed immersion suit, aided by warm breath, can protect for 24 hours

A newly developed immersion suit dramatically increases survival time by capturing the warm breath of the wearer and recirculating it.

March 2014
Safety management systems may transform towing industry

Safety management systems may transform towing industry

John Rutledge is the captain of Sun Coast, an 85-foot, 1,800-hp Dann Marine Towing tug that operates in the Baltimore area. A hawsepiper, the captain has seen a multitude of changes in his long career, but few as significant as the coming of vessel safety management systems.

March 2014
Optical sensor monitors fog for San Francisco Bay mariners

Optical sensor monitors fog for San Francisco Bay mariners

A new fog sensor installed in San Francisco Bay and in other waterways nationwide is the latest tool to provide mariners with real-time information on whether it is safe to leave the dock and transit fog-bound waters.

February 2014
It’s legal for U.S. mariners to carry firearms, but it may be impractical because of liability

It’s legal for U.S. mariners to carry firearms, but it may be impractical because of liability

In the United States, the relative freedom to carry guns extends to civilian mariners in American or international waters.

December/January 2014
On ferry transporting school pupils, crew devoted to ‘safety on safety on safety’

On ferry transporting school pupils, crew devoted to ‘safety on safety on safety’

Running 14 miles from Cape Mudge on the southern tip of British Columbia’s Quadra Island to Chatham Point and the lower reaches of Johnstone Strait, Discovery Passage is known far and wide for the tidal bore at Seymour Narrows.

June/July 2013
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