Archive of: Safety Articles

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BNWAS ensures that someone is at controls

BNWAS ensures that someone is at controls

Eleven years ago, a towboat captain was pushing two barges on the Arkansas River when he lost consciousness due to a heart-rhythm episode. Unbeknownst to his crew, the tow traveled along with the wheelhouse unattended for almost five minutes.

June/July 2013
British company proposes private ‘navy’ to convoy ships past pirate strongholds

British company proposes private ‘navy’ to convoy ships past pirate strongholds

Ships traveling in convoy for enhanced security has proven a successful tactic in the past.

May 2013
Deepwater Horizon blast spikes demand for fire monitors on OSVs

Deepwater Horizon blast spikes demand for fire monitors on OSVs

For Glynn Grantham, the proof that the Deepwater Horizon disaster has generated attention on improving fire safety offshore can be seen in the numbers.

April 2013
California passes law designed to counter San Francisco bar pilot fatigue, impairment

California passes law designed to counter San Francisco bar pilot fatigue, impairment

A new California law mandates stricter safety regulations for pilots in San Francisco Bay, but the pilots say many of the changes were already in the works.

March 2013
T Squared Deployed: an advanced escort procedure

T Squared Deployed: an advanced escort procedure

The need to know how to effectively use tugs of various types to assist ships transiting a port at speed took on a greater urgency following several catastrophic tanker groundings involving large oil spills in the 1980s and 1990s.

March 2013

Study: Piracy triggering mental-health ailments among mariners

Seafarers who have been attacked by pirates suffer stress and trauma that may require professional treatment, according to the results of a three-year medical study.

February 2013

Pilots welcome new international rules to enhance safety of boarding ladders

New international standards for pilot ladders and related gear should make the most dangerous part of a pilot’s job a bit safer.

October/November 2012
Car carrier detained after going adrift near Columbia River entrance

Car carrier detained after going adrift near Columbia River entrance

A car carrier went adrift while approaching the Columbia River and was later detained for a week after the U.S. Coast Guard found safety deficiencies.

August 2012
Laser device maker hopes its products will replace flares

Laser device maker hopes its products will replace flares

A traditional pyrotechnic flare and a laser device made by Greatland Laser, which hopes to interest the Navy in its products for use in its lifeboats and rafts.

August 2012

Taking the proper steps can prevent injuries aboard ships

When it comes to accidents involving injuries or fatalities during onboard operations, you can almost always boil the root cause down to one of three things

August 2012
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