New SOLAS amendments now mandatory

A set of important amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and various codes mandatory under the Convention entered into force on 1st January, 2020. The IMO has listed the details and ICSI has reproduced the amendments where they [Read more...]

2020-01-13T11:08:31+00:00 January 13th, 2020|Safety|

NAPA joins FLARE project

Maritime software, services and data analysis provider NAPA has joined forces with more than 20 industry leaders and academic bodies, as part of the European Commission funded FLARE project. This project is aimed at developing a risk-based methodology that will enable ‘live’ flooding risk assessment [Read more...]

2019-12-13T14:24:45+00:00 December 13th, 2019|Safety|

Viking River Cruise Captain charged

Late last month, Hungarian prosecutors charged the Ukrainian Captain of a Swiss owned river cruise ship with misconduct leading to mass casualties and 35 counts of failing to provide help in a disaster. Last May, Viking Cruises’ ‘Viking Sigyn’ sank another cruise boat in a [Read more...]

2019-12-13T14:09:29+00:00 December 13th, 2019|Safety|

New buoyant cruise ship lifejacket introduced

Survitec has claimed to have taken lifejacket safety and performance beyond the regulatory requirement by introducing a lifejacket range that has a minimum 150 Newton buoyancy. The re-engineering of its existing ‘Premier’ lifejacket range to increase buoyancy and comfort follows a growing trend across the [Read more...]

2019-11-29T23:10:51+00:00 November 29th, 2019|Safety|

US cruise passenger act introduced

US Republicans Doris Matsui, D-Caif, and Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb, recently introduced the Cruise Passenger Protection Act (CPPA) aimed at strengthening passenger safety on cruise ships. The CPPA would seek to improve the passenger safety measures signed into law through 2010’s Matsui-led Cruise Vessel Security and [Read more...]

2019-11-29T22:59:48+00:00 November 29th, 2019|Safety|

‘Viking Sky’ very close to grounding

The Accident Investigation Board of Norway (AIBN) has issued an interim report on the ‘Viking Sky’s’ blackout near Hustadvika, Norway, on 23rd March, 2019. The incident in stormy seas led to 479 passengers being evacuated by helicopter. AIBN found: • the lubricating oil sump tanks [Read more...]

2019-11-15T21:20:19+00:00 November 15th, 2019|Safety|

Survitec opens cruise ship HQ in Miami

Marine safety equipment supplier Survitec has opened a dedicated cruise ship headquarters in Miami. The new facility can handle worldwide cruise ship supplies with specialist procurement and logistics teams aimed at building up a complete supply chain department. Last year, the company introduced what it [Read more...]

2019-10-26T11:40:37+00:00 October 26th, 2019|Safety|

Another collision on the Danube

A second major river cruise boat collision occurred on the River Danube on 5th October. Five passengers were injured of which two were hospitalised on board the river cruise boat ‘Prinzessin Isabella’ when she collided with a cargo ship. The incident occurred near the port [Read more...]

2019-10-11T18:30:38+00:00 October 11th, 2019|Safety|