It’s often said that bad things happen in groups of three. And seafarers are nothing if not superstitious. There have been two disabling engine room fires in the past month. The first was MV Alliance St. Louis, a RO-RO in the Gulf of Mexico and the most recent was MV Thorco Crown, a multi-purpose vessel, off Newfoundland.… Read More Engine Room Fires : Who’s next?
No, not weather, that’s meteo…but, Maritime Education and Training (MET). Through an unusual set of circumstances and job changes, I found myself attending over four months of training and classes in the past year at facilities up and down the East coast of the United States. As an actively sailing mariner, required training – whether… Read More My Year in MET : A Mariner’s Perspective
From Dr. Todd Conklin of the Preaccident Investigation Podcast comes Safety Moment – Success is BEST when Shared. Dr. Conklin opines, “Your organization has waaaaaay more success then failure!!!! You are always winning, to quote a recent election held somewhere in the world. You have much success. But success only matters when it is shared and learned.… Read More Should we look at safety reporting differently?
The chemical tanker Jo Kiri was inbound for a terminal in the Houston area when smoke was reported in the engine room. The Houston ship channel was blocked for about an hour before the vessel was moved to a berth. No injuries or pollution have been reported. Engine room fires account for up to 50% of… Read More It’s the Holiday Season, But Engine Room Fires Are Never Merry!