NAVIGATION AUDITS

The major oil tanker charterers will be changing their emphasis, in their tanker vetting inspections, from their recent concern for the tanker’s correct certification to the standards of their navigation and their bridges. After all, correct certification does not ease the accident rate. Thus stricter navigation audits are being adopted.

This change reflects that two thirds of all accidents, involving the spillage of oil into the sea, arise from errors and failures on the bridges of tankers and it seems that a clear trend is emerging for marine accidents to be increasing.  The cause of this increase is not quite clear but inquiries suggest that many are due to carelessness in the application of sound bridge procedures. The basic reasons for such carelessness are not easily identified.

Full article, ELNAVI, March 2012, Issue 459, Page. 66

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