Captain Terje Lovoy looks at some of the questions raised when making ourselves familiar with safety management systems and how we can make SMS easier to read and more logical to follow without losing the key information.


In the second of this series of articles, Harry Hirst of Ince & Co considers how various court cases involving collisions have provided practical guidance to duty officers (OOW) and masters on taking action to avoid collision. A common theme is the us…


In this article Capt Richard Meikle of Solis Marine consultants discusses how VDR can be useful tool to improve navigational practices.


Climate change, vessel design, technological advances and the potential commercial advantages, have led to an increase in vessels transiting Polar Regions.


Owners of submarine cables and pipelines are monitoring and warning ships that come too close.


Delays caused by main engine breakdown are not only costly in themselves, they can also lead to cargo damage claims.  This article focuses on main engine damage, low sulphur fuel and cylinder oil.


The State of California has adopted new legislation on ballast water management, taking effect on 1 July 2017.


The leadership shown by a vessel Master during a long detention in Venezuela is rewarded.


In this article we consider both the legal and practical aspects of ‘double banking’ operations on bulk carriers.


Results of recent IMPA safety campaign highlights continuing non-compliance of pilot boarding methods.


In this article we will look at a specific incident involving a grinding disc that breaks up during use reported in the UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) Safety Digest 1/2017.


In this article James Wilkes, Managing Director, Gray Page discusses the problems that razor wire fitted for anti-piracy purposes can pose for vessel operations, and a possible solution using barriers made of high density polyurethane (HDPE) plastic mater…