SAFETY & SECURITY AT SEA
WHO NEEDS SAFETY AND SECURITY AT SEA:
- Professionals in charge of maritime safety, including:
- Ship Owners, Managers, Operators, Charterers
- Fleet managers
- Safety & Training officers
- Captains & Senior officers
- Technical and Marine Equipment Firms
- Designated Ashore Personnel
- Maritime Organizations and Class Societies
- Maritime legislators and authorities
BENEFITS OF HIGHER STANDARDS:
- To learn the best practices for ensuring safety at sea and to mitigate operational risks
- To stay apprised of legislative and regulatory developments
- To keep abreast of the latest safety designs, equipment, technologies and systems
- To keep high quality services and be strong in the market
- To prevent accidents and preserve human life
FAMOUS SEA DISASTERS
Sewol – The South Korean ferry capsized on 16 April 2014. It was carrying 476 people, mostly secondary school students from Ansan’s Danwon High School who were travelling from Incheon to Jeju.
MS Herald of Free Enterprise, Zeebrugge Port
MS Herald of Free Enterprise was a roll-on roll-off (RORO) ferry which capsized moments after leaving the Belgian port of Zeebrugge on the night of 6 March 1987, killing 193 passengers and crew. When the ship left harbour with her bow-door open, the sea immediately flooded the decks, and within minutes she was lying on her side in shallow water. The immediate cause of the sinking was found to be negligence by the assistant boatswain, asleep in his cabin when he should have been closing the bow-door. But the official inquiry placed more blame on his supervisors and a general culture of poor communication on the ferry has been underlined.
MS Costa Concordia Sinking
On 13 January 2012 at about 9:45 p.m., in calm seas and overcast weather, under command of Captain Francesco Schettino, Costa Concordia struck a rock in the Tyrrhenian Sea just off the eastern shore of Isola del Giglio, on the western coast of Italy about 100 km (62 mi) northwest of Rome. This tore a 50 m (160 ft) gash on the port side of her hull, which soon flooded parts of the engine room resulting in power loss to her propulsion and electrical systems. With water flooding in and listing, the ship drifted back to Giglio Island where she grounded 500 m (550 yd) north of the village of Giglio Porto, resting on her starboard side in shallow waters with most of her starboard side under water. Despite the gradual sinking of the ship, its complete loss of power, and its proximity to shore in calm seas, an order to abandon ship was not issued until over an hour after the initial impact. Although international maritime law requires all passengers to be evacuated within 30 minutes of an order to abandon ship, the evacuation of Costa Concordia took over six hours and not all passengers were evacuated. Of the 3,229 passengers and 1,023 crew known to have been aboard, 32 died.