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Health, Safety & Environment

Is safety at sea being endangered by inadequate consideration of the human component?

With increased maritime activity and the globalisation of demand, through ever-shorter supply chains focused on the Asian hub, there is a heightened potential for incidents at sea. This increase in shipping activity highlights a pressing need to improve safety and efficiency onboard ships through a focus on non‐technical skills. Our rationale is to optimise Human Factors training to prevent the next costly incident and help save lives.

Oil & Gas

‘Violent’ piracy in Southeast Asia offsets attack slide

Pirates hijacked more oil tankers in Southeast Asia in 2014 even as attacks at sea declined globally to the lowest level in eight years, according to the International Maritime Bureau. Fifteen ships carrying mainly marine-fuel cargoes were attacked in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Malacca Strait, the IMB said in its annual piracy report today. While that contributed to the global increase to 21 vessels from 12, the total number of “incidents” reported worldwide fell to 245, it said. That’s a 44% drop from when piracy in Somali waters peaked in 2011.

Other News

Uncertainty caused by ‘last-minute’ referendum tactics

The UK government has caused uncertainty with its ‘panicked, last minute’ referendum tactics, the chief executive of the UK Chamber of Shipping has claimed. Guy Platten will claim Scottish business has been left vulnerable by the methods used by the Better Together campaign to win the Scottish referendum two months ago. He describes the devo-max plans outlined by Westminster as being written on the ‘back of a fag packet’.