Weather Forecasts, Safe Passage and Safe Berths

Posted: 20th Mar 2020

Written by: Carri Woodburn

Adverse weather enhances the risks for yachts and crew, not only in open waters but also in bays, anchorages, ports and marinas. The key to controlling damage is advance planning. Read More

Safety Afloat: There’s no Excuse for Being all at Sea

Posted: 10th Sep 2019

Written by: John Dodd

The sheer number of leisure sailors who take to the water each year with an inadequate or careless understanding of the equipment, processes and services needed to keep their vessels and themselves safe is a constant source of con... Read More

What is Travel Risk Management?

Posted: 16th Apr 2019

Written by: Nicky Demellweek

You wouldn't leave port without referring to the charts and checking the forecasts, so why leave other potential risks unmapped? In an unsettled world where yachts are venturing further afield, Travel Risk Management is fast becom... Read More

10 Travel Safety Resolutions You Should Make in 2019

Posted: 10th Jan 2019

Written by: Elizabeth Dann

Crew are no strangers to stringent security protocol when it comes to ensuring smooth operations and the safety of all onboard. Meanwhile employers are responsible for the security of crew whether working or on holiday, as well as... Read More

Tips for Personal Safety While Travelling

Posted: 10th Dec 2018

Written by: Securewest

According to new research, 83% of women have experienced at least one safety-related incident while travelling for business over the past 12 months. Here are some tips to increase personal safety. Read More

Safety Questions Left Unanswered

Posted: 27th Aug 2018

Written by: Nautilus International

Nautilus, has expressed concern at a new study highlighting the failure of many major ship registries to produce accident investigation reports on time – or at all. The Union says valuable lessons that could prevent seafarer death... Read More

Advisory: Rip Currents off the South of France

Posted: 28th Jul 2017

Written by: Captain Rod Hatch

This Advisory is written following a recent tragedy off Pampelonne Beach near St. Tropez in the south of France, a favourite anchorage for hundreds of yachts during the summer charter season. A young French woman attempted to reac... Read More

CHIRP Maritime: Project MARTHA Reports on Effects of Fatigue

Posted: 2nd Feb 2017

Written by: OnboardOnline

CHIRP Maritime has announced the publication of the MARTHA Report, a three year study looking at the impact of fatigue on the wellbeing of seafarers in terms of mental health, motivation and safety. The study surveyed crew operati... Read More

CHIRP Maritime: A Near Miss, Flash Fire and ECDIS

Posted: 4th Dec 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

CHIRP Maritime has released its latest podcast discussing lessons learned from reports of a near miss between a yacht and a merchant ship, the use of ECDIS and the handling of flash fires during welding and painting. Read More

15 Minute Safety Challenge

Posted: 5th Jan 2016

Written by: Jane Innes

To watch a beautiful vessel being destroyed by fire is not pleasant. Recent images of te incident in Marmaris are a chilling reminder of the power and devastation fire can cause. No doubt in the coming weeks we will learn more a... Read More

The Human Element in Shipping: Working with Others

Posted: 8th Dec 2015

Written by: Matti Bargfield

What happens when a pilot with 26 years of experience, 10 Chinese crew and a newly delivered 900 TEU vessel meet the San Francisco Bay Bridge? Right - a case study about how humans cooperate with each other, the closure of 27 publ... Read More

Flame Retardancy - Myth Busting

Posted: 10th Oct 2015

Written by: Flamescreen

For some, flame retardancy is not something they are familiar with, so Flamescreen want to share some myth busting questions and answers from enquiries we have received over the years. Read More

The Human Element in Shipping - Fatigue and Stress

Posted: 2nd Oct 2015

Written by: Matti Bargfried

When the US National Transportation Safety Bureau (NTSB) investigated the worst man-made environmental disaster at sea (EXXON VALDEZ) it concluded that the company had not adequately considered the significant increase in workloa... Read More

The Human Element in Shipping: Making Mistakes

Posted: 30th Sep 2015

Written by: Matti Bargfield

In part three of 'The Human Element' we examine 'Making Mistakes'. Making mistakes allows us to develop skills and to learn something – by simply working with the notion that real outcomes and desired outcomes are equal. Making mi... Read More

The Human Element in Shipping: Risk-Taking

Posted: 7th Sep 2015

Written by: Matti Bargfried

In part 2 of The Human Element we look at Risk Taking and Making Decisions. The guide helps to identify countermeasures to avoid human errors and bad decisions, and how to manage the human element on all levels – from engine room,... Read More

A Guide to The Human Element by the UK MCA

Posted: 2nd Sep 2015

Written by: Matti Bargfried

Dirk Gregory and Paul Shanahan of the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency co-wrote “The Human Element – A Guide to Human Behavior in the Shipping Industry.” It helps to understand how and why human-based accidents and errors occur a... Read More

Working at Height or Over the Side

Posted: 3rd Jun 2015

Written by: PYA

In view of the recent tragic accident on board a large motor yacht in Palma, in which a crew member fell into the sea whilst working over side, we would like to remind all members of the great importance of following the advice co... Read More

Implementing an Effective Safety Culture

Posted: 16th Apr 2015

Written by: Allmode

Safety at sea has improved enormously over the last 100 years, and continues to do so.
Rules and regulations, beginning with SOLAS have given the industry a compulsory
framework to follow.
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Personal Safety in the Caribbean

Posted: 19th Jan 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Following on from several of our recent articles on crew safety in the Mediterranean, The Crew Coach replies to a Captain who is concerned about the safety of his crew in the Caribbean. Read More

Near Misses: The Lessons

Posted: 5th Jan 2015

Written by: Simon Harvey

While we use the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) as a source of information in our safety training and learning of the human element, there are many places where learning opportunities are lost due to the fact they nev... Read More

How Safe is Antibes for Yacht Crew?

Posted: 9th Sep 2014

Written by: Kitty Cavendish

As stories of muggings and violence circulate, it begins to feel as if crime, particularly targeted towards yacht crew, must be on the rise in and around Antibes. Read More

Reckless Jetski /Tender Handling Crackdown

Posted: 18th Aug 2014

Written by: Camper & Nicholsons

Following a recent fatal jetski accident in Porquerolles near St Tropez, French authorities are cracking down on tender and jetski operation in the South of France. Read More

Advisory Notice: Ebola Virus

Posted: 5th Aug 2014

Written by: Allmode

A Public Health Warning has been issued to GP’s, A&E, Critical Care Units and all NHS trusts across the UK regarding the signs and symptoms of the deadly Ebola Virus. Read More

Kill Cords: Lessons from the Milly RIB Report

Posted: 28th Mar 2014

Written by: Simon Harvey

The investigation of the Milly RIB tragedy is an example of where a simple explanation of events fails to deliver a complete understanding of why the accident happened. Read More

Tender Safety: The Milly Report

Posted: 4th Feb 2014

Written by: MAIB - Marine Accident Investigation Branch

This reports the MAIB's investigation into a fatal accident on 5 May 2013 when the Milligan family were ejected from their RIB Milly, resulting in two deaths and multiple njuries. Read More

Flame Retardancy...Who Needs It?

Posted: 31st Jul 2013

Written by: Flamescreen Limited

Being aboard a superyacht is a dream come true for many of us. But what if the dream turned into a nightmare and fire broke out aboard? You don't have to be at sea for fire to turn into a major disaster - it can happen in a port a... Read More

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