Let’s talk about near miss reporting. If there is a subject sure to get eyes rolling and profanities muttered under people’s breath in the maritime industry, it’s the topic of near misses and their reporting. Near misses, near miss reporting systems and accident investigations are of great interest to me and in my humble opinion, should be of great interest to mariners as a group. As the readers start rolling their eyes and muttering under their breath, the prevailing thought is likely, “WHY?!” The answer is something I say quite often, “I’d much rather learn from someone else’s mistakes or near misses than make them myself.”
Then again, as colleague of mine will often say, “Sometimes you have to realize that your purpose in life is to be a cautionary tale for others.”
It’s up to you to decide which path you might follow.
Continue reading “Near Miss : Where is the Maritime Safety Reporting System (MSRS) in the United States?”
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 mandated by regulation or company – is far from unusual. This quantity in a year was, but did allow a unique insight into the variety of maritime training options available.
Continue reading “My Year in MET : A Mariner’s Perspective”
There’s a new edition of “The Navigator” out and it’s all about radar. Published by the Nautical Institute, the June issue addresses many of the aspects of radar use by the ship’s navigator. Whether it is navigation or collision avoidance, radar plays a critical role on the bridge. But, did you know that the performance criteria for marine radar hasn’t changed much since the 1940s? Learn why and more – like 10 Key Aspects of using it – in this issue. Don’t forget, Madden Maritime updates their links to digital magazines frequently. Find all your favorite periodicals in one place!
Also from the Nautical Institute are the Alert! bulletins. Addressing the many factors that play into the human element in the maritime industry, these bulletins have been published for over a decade. If you haven’t read them, your eyes might be opened by the depth of information available. The latest from May is available. Titled “A design flaw that lead to a tragedy….“, issue 35 addresses some of the ship design elements that can create unforeseen hazards. If you haven’t read these bulletins (or watched the videos accompanying many) or just want to review some of the older ones, they are all available HERE on Madden Maritime’s site.
Let’s be careful out there.