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Protecting seafarers and the global supply chain during Covid-19

 

 

 

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Professor Thomas Peacock is a member of the UN Global Compact Task Force urging coordinated international response for offshore and shipping industries.

Mary Beth Gallagher | Department of Mechanical Engineering

May 12, 2020

The offshore and shipping industries are grappling with unique challenges in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. The virus’ rapid spread on ships like the Diamond Princess and USS Theodore Roosevelt highlighted the health risks that the 1.2 million workers currently at sea face. Travel restrictions and closed borders offer an additional challenge by not only disrupting the global supply chain, but preventing scheduled crew changeovers from taking place.

To address these issues, the UN Global Compact Action Platform for Sustainable Ocean Business

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Safety of Life at Sea: COVID-19 and Naval Operations

 

 

 

 

 maritime executive

USS Theodore Roosevelt at Guam (U.S. Pacific Fleet)

BY THE LOWY INTERPRETER 04-20-2020 02:05:47

 

 

[By Dr. Sam Bateman]

The potential impact of COVID-19 on naval operations has been highlighted by reports that over half of the 2,000-plus sailors aboard the French carrier Charles de Gaulle have tested positive for COVID-19. The ship left a NATO exercise ten days early and returned to port in Toulon to allow disembarkation of sick crew members and sanitization.

The U.S. Navy has experienced similar challenges with outbreaks of varying size on four carriers – the USS Ronald Reagan (at Yokosuka), USS Nimitz (at Bremerton), USS Carl Vinson (at Bremerton), and USS Theodore Roosevelt in port at Guam. The outbreak of Covid-19 onboard the Theodore Roosevelt with more than 600 confirmed cases and one sailor dying had major

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COLREGS: Still Fit for Purpose?

 

 

 

https://www.maritime-executive.com/editorials/colregs-still-fit-for-purpose

 

BY HARRY HIRST 04-18-2020 08:26:16

 

 

There has been much debate about the COLREGS over the last 12 months or so, with many suggesting that it is now time for not just some amendments but a total revision of the Rules.

So are the COLREGS still fit for purpose?

The future: autonomous ships

Many believe that in the not so distant future, the fundamental changes in the way in which ships will be operated will render the current COLREGS unworkable. This is primarily a reference to autonomous ships, but it is also the case that the increasing use of automation and reducing numbers of crew are likely to result in the bridges of crewed ships in the future being unmanned for

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Arctic Council Releases Guideline for Arctic Marine Risk Assessment

 

 

 

https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/arctic-council-releases-

guideline-for-arctic-marine-risk-assessment

 

Source: Arctic Council

BY THE MARITIME EXECUTIVE 04-18-2020 07:17:46

 

 

The Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR) Working Group of the Arctic Council has released a Guideline for Arctic Marine Risk Assessment. 

The guideline contains best practice methods and data sources for conducting regional and area-wide risk assessments concerned with ship traffic and operations in the Arctic. This Guideline applies the risk management process as defined in ISO 31000:2018 and uses the six steps of risk management process with some customization to fit the objective of capturing the Arctic risk influencing factors.

Marine risk assessments were, until now, conducted based on information on generic conditions and risk factors found in waters around the world, says the EPPR. 

“Operating in Arctic waters

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Coronavirus (Covid-19). Intertanko

 

 

 

 

https://www.intertanko.com/topics-issues/issue/coronavirus

 

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Note from the Managing Director (3 April 2020)

In line with guidance from governments and public health authorities our offices remain closed and staff work from home. You can reach us by email and phone as normal as all desk phone extensions are redirected.

INTERTANKO meetings
As highlighted previously, we have postponed all physical Committee and Panel meetings until restrictions are lifted, including, unfortunately, our Annual Tanker Event in Oslo. We are however running virtual meetings to ensure the work of our various bodies does not get delayed unduly and will continue to do so until the situation improves. We do not anticipate to have the opportunity for physical meetings until Q3 2020 at the earliest. 

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