#BringBackOurSeafarers

Over the last few weeks the Bring Back Our Girls (#bringbackourgirls) campaign has ignited quite a following across the globe. Initially fueled by many people's outrage that the media had all but ignored the story, this grew to a lambasting of international super-powers for not stepping in to assist Nigeria find the girls. Mostly the … Continue reading #BringBackOurSeafarers

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Weekly Press Review – 16 August 2013

The Fisheries Department is back in the hot seat this week (again) with officials again being criticised for still not getting the country's research and patrol vessels back in the water. Acting Fisheries Department deputy director-general, Desmond Stevens had the rather unenviable task of updating parliament on the status of the vessels and assured those … Continue reading Weekly Press Review – 16 August 2013

“Curiouser and curiouser”

One cannot help but feel a certain affiliation to poor Alice (in Wonderland) when one reads the latest statement from the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) regarding the beaching of the MT Phoenix off Durban. With hints at a deliberate beaching; the possibility of a mystery stowaway still hiding onboard; uncertainty as to the … Continue reading “Curiouser and curiouser”

Is Durban getting her own Seli 1?

With no P&I Club cover and very little hull insurance, the MT Phoenix is currently resident at Salt Rock north of Durban. Are we looking at another Seli 1 scenario? The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has issued a statement saying that the owners of the tanker (which was on its way to the … Continue reading Is Durban getting her own Seli 1?

Ranking safety at sea

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell is a fascinating read and the section on aviation safety must surely have some bearing on the marine industry too. In discussing a spurt of incidents attributed to one specific airline, Gladwell highlights a concept called the "Power Distance Index" (PDI). "Power Distance is concerned with attitudes towards hierarchy, specifically with … Continue reading Ranking safety at sea

A bonus for safety?

In a press release issued by Transocean the senior management is lauded for "voluntarily donating the safety bonuses that were awarded to them for 2010 to the Deepwater Horizon Memorial Fund". If you read the findings of the reports on the Gulf of Mexico disaster you will certainly understand that Transocean was in no way … Continue reading A bonus for safety?