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Welcome to the first SEA Watch of 2016 with more updates and commentary on what’s happening in the world of shipping and marine insurance. In this edition we have an article which looks at the responsibility of a ship’s Master when they receive a distress call or find people in distress on the sea. What would the Master take into account before effecting a rescue and what are his obligations thereafter? On arriving at his port of destination, just when help should be at hand, he may encounter more difficulties than he had expected before being able to get a decision from the shore Authorities to allow his rescued persons ashore.
Apologies to our loyal SEA Watch readers for the interruption of the publication of our newsletter during the past six months, due to the reorganisation of our office in Singapore. However, we are back on track and our intention is to publish SEA Watch on a quarterly basis.
This month's SEA Watch will be the last in its current monthly e-zine format. It has been a privilege to have you all on board and your reader input, as received over the past 15 months, has all been very positive. Outline plans at this time are that SEA Watch and the newsletter produced by SEAsia's alliance partner, C Solutions, will be fused together to create a new joint publication. Further details will be advised to all of our readers very soon.
First on offer this month is your editor’s review of the current surge in oil cargo piracy in SE Asia. A total of about 8 - 9 such incidents (euphemistically described as “siphoning” by Singapore’s MPA) have occurred since Jan 2014 and this has put the region back on top of the IMB’s piracy threat area list. So who’s behind the SE Asia piracy boom? Who pays for the losses? And what can be done to prevent such incidents? Read on to find out more.
First on offer this month is your editor's review of 'ECDIS assisted' ship groundings and the MV "Ovit" grounding. Our readers will learn that it was not really the equipment that was at fault as root cause analysis by the UK's MAIB takes us back to crew competence once again. So what’s wrong with today's seafarer training? And what has happened to the core values of professionalism and leadership amongst mariners and ship managers?
Our headline loss prevention article for this month, on barge capsizes and 5 easy safeguards to stop it happening, has been written by our Captain Kunal. SEAsia P&I Services have attended several such incidents in the past and the findings are always much the same. Read on to find out how it happens, the basics of vessel stability by way of some neat diagrams and the simple steps required to stop capsizes from occurring. It could save you and your insurers a pile of money and a lot of business loss headaches.
A lot has happened during the month of July including the MH 17 disaster, an escalating battle between Israel and Palestine, ISIS militants causing death and havoc in Iraq plus all the rest of it. We do not live in a peaceful world and the USA’s and EU’s increasing reluctance to engage the people responsible suggests it will get worse.
The summer solstice has passed (winter for those of us south of the equator) and we now – unbelievably - start the headlong rush towards Xmas and the end of another year. Before doing so, please be reminded that SEAsia’s old 24/7 mail address of operations@seasia-pandi .com and all associated e-mail addresses will soon be cancelled. Please delete our old address from your system and insert operations@seasia-group.com to ensure you receive SEAsia’s immediate reply.
This month’s SEA Watch’s starts off with a quick look at the 2007 Wreck Removal Convention which will come into force on 14 April 2015. Will it change the world? Unlikely. However, along with improving certainty and uniformity in maritime law, it will almost certainly increase the risk exposure of ship owners and their P&I insurers and our first article tells you why. We’ve also asked an interesting question that hinges on the working interrelationship between the Wreck Removal Convention and the 1976 Liability Convention. Esoteric legal stuff? Not at all and actually a practical and fundamental issue. We wonder if anyone has the answer?
First on offer is SEA Watch’s take on the terrible "SEWOL" ferry tragedy in South Korea. It’s of course still being investigated but pre-existing steering control problems, which evidently led to a hard port rudder situation in combination with an overloaded and apparently unstable vessel, appears to have been the proximate cause of the capsize. The deadly and untimely fate of over 300 of her passengers – many of them high school students – was then sealed by the apparent incompetence of her Master and crew as well as evident lifesaving equipment deficiencies. Heads will no doubt roll but will this stop it from happening again?