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Management Practices for Large Scale Operations At Sea

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Large Scale Operations at Sea: Version 7.3: May 2015

The recent increase in migrant movement around the world and most specifically the Mediterranean Sea has raised a significant safety issue for the maritime sector. As refugees from regional conflicts and migrants from further afield try to gain access to what they perceive will be a better life in Europe and elsewhere, the potential impact upon shipping has become a very real and credible threat to the safety and security of legitimate seafarers, their employers and stakeholders. Private and commercial vessels are becoming increasingly embroiled in rescue efforts due to the rapid increase in migrant traffic and the diminishing resources of governments, international organisations and naval/military forces.
Crews are being asked to administrate an enormous issue with potentially catastrophic consequences; however most ship-owners, managers, crew and officers are not appropriately or correctly trained to manage such an incident.

When considering the level of training afforded to the average crewmember on board a commercial vessel it is easy to identify the gaps in various areas of skills required to reach a suitable outcome and ensure the safety of all involved in such an event.
It is also important to consider that once a vessel takes persons aboard, they are not only responsible for the crew but also for the rescued persons. The inability to correctly manage the welfare and administration of the rescued persons may be the difference between a successful or unsuccessful rescue; an unsuccessful rescue carrying heavy moral, financial and legal ramifications.

Consider the bad press and reputational damage that may emerge from complaints of mistreatment or lack of care whilst aboard. Despite a crews best intentions it is possible that without the correct training, organisation, security, care and management, issues may arise.
Training solutions should be sought to help our organisations deal with large scale incidents.

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Read the full Allmode advisory on Best Management Practises for large scale operations at sea here

 

Large Scale Operations at Sea: Version 5: March 2015

The recent increase in migrant movement around the world and most specifically the Mediterranean Sea has raised a significant safety issue for the maritime sector. As refugees from regional conflicts and migrants from further afield try to gain access to what they perceive will be a better life in Europe and elsewhere, the potential impact upon shipping has become a very real and credible threat to the safety and security of legitimate seafarers, their employers and stakeholders.

Private and commercial vessels are becoming increasingly embroiled in rescue efforts due to the rapid increase in migrant traffic and the diminishing resources of governments, international organisations and naval/military forces.

Crews are being asked to administrate an enormous issue with potentially catastrophic consequences; however most ship-owners, managers, crew and officers are not appropriately or correctly trained to manage such an incident.

When considering the level of training afforded to the average crewmember on board a commercial vessel it is easy to identify the gaps in various areas of skills required to reach a suitable outcome and ensure the safety of all involved in such an event. It is also important to consider that once a vessel takes persons aboard, they are not only responsible for the crew but also for the rescued persons.

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The inability to correctly manage the welfare and administration of the rescued persons may be the difference between a successful or unsuccessful rescue; an unsuccessful rescue carrying heavy moral, financial and (potentially) legal ramifications. Consider the bad press and reputational damage that may emerge from complaints of mistreatment or lack of care whilst aboard.

Despite a crews best intentions it is possible that without the correct training, organisation, security, care and management, issues may arise. Training solutions should be sought to help our organisations deal with large scale incidents.

This is the introduction from the original report, read the full Allmode report here

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