Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
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On 3 December the UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the above report which may have relevance to Members where fish farm service craft are operated in their ports’ waters.
At approximately 1315 on 3 April 2021, a deckhand on board the workboat Annie E was injured when he was struck by a grid buoy that had been lifted out of the water by the workboat’s forward crane at a fish farm off the Isle of Muck.
Annie E’s skipper had noticed that the grid buoy was out of position and needed to be lifted in order to recover and re-lay its mooring anchor. The workboat’s forward crane was used to lift the buoy and its anchor connection out of the water. The buoy was suspended 9m above the water when its metal components experienced a mechanical failure, resulting in the buoy falling and striking the deckhand.
First aid was administered to the injured deckhand, who was evacuated by a coastguard helicopter to hospital, where he underwent surgery. He has since received further surgery and treatment.
In view of the actions taken by the organisations involved in this accident, no safety recommendations have been made, it is reported.
The following UK Government / Maritime & Coastguard Agency publications are referred to in the text of MAIB report 12/2022:
MGN 332 (M+F) - The Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment) Regulations 2006
The Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seafarers 2015 edition – Amendment 5, October 2020 since updated to Amendment 7 on 24 October 2022.
The Workboat Code Edition 2 – Amendment 1 The safety of small Workboats and Pilot Workboats- a Code of Practice applied to UK workboats less than 24m in length, APPENDIX 3,THE MANNING OF SMALL VESSELS.
Image courtesy of Mallaig Marine Ltd.
It was reported on 16 January that Rolls-Royce has reached another milestone towards CO2-neutral energy supply. The further developed 12-cylinder gas engine of the mtu Series 4000 has successfully passed the first test runs with 100% hydrogen and showed very good results in terms of efficiency, power, emissions and combustion.
The tests, carried out by the Power Systems business unit, showed very good characteristics in terms of efficiency, performance, emissions and combustion, it is understood. These tests mark another important step towards the commercial introduction of hydrogen solutions to meet the demand of customers for more sustainable energy.
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Commenting on the new sailing, Mark Taylor, Director, London Thamesport, said: ‘London Thamesport is already well established as one of the leading short sea container ports in the SE England and offers excellent service levels in both quayside and landside operations. We are delighted that Viasea Shipping has chosen Thamesport as its gateway into the region.