September 23, 2017

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In the near-term, remotely controlled vessels will still share sea-room with traditionally crewed and operated vessels. Those competing modes of operation will conflict with one another and the skills of the two groups of...

September 20, 2017

Jalopnik’s Justin Westbrook reported recently how when Hurricane Irma pounded Florida, Tesla remotely upgraded select Tesla owners’ cars to expand their mileage capacity in an effort to help people evacuate and escape from the path of the storm.

Westbrook writes that Te...

August 31, 2017

Most of us in the maritime industry have seen checklists at one time or another but probably have little previous experience of creating them. Some ‘experts’ think they’re simply an exercise in ‘back-covering’ that professionals shouldn’t have to use. Used properly how...

August 22, 2017

There are many folk in the maritime sector who, probably because they’re so experienced, seem to eschew the use of checklists. I often hear sneering remarks made by senior staff about a ‘checklist culture’ as though that implies something that’s simply stupid or unthin...

August 10, 2017

I often wonder how often senior managers look at the checklists included in their own safety management systems. Many of the checklists that I see in safety management systems are ill-considered and useless for those poor seafarers expected to do work. 

My purpose in wr...

May 30, 2017

I’m mindful of the traditional relationship between the ship owner or operator and their insurer, which is one aspect of the maritime industry that hasn’t changed much over many decades.

However, momentous change is coming to the industry as modern technologies are adop...

May 22, 2017

We don’t know why the ship’s master, the captain, chose to die that night. We only know that he died at some time after dark. He went to the bridge to write his night orders for the Officer-of-the-Watch and subsequently returned to his cabin. Sometime later he went out...

May 15, 2017

When things go wrong at sea it’s often in spectacular and photogenic ways. Just recently we’ve seen the terrible loss of the Stellar Daisy and the fire on board MSC Daniela. Notwithstanding any loss of life, when the mess is cleared up and the insurers have paid out, t...

May 15, 2017

It’s well reported that the maritime industry has been in a spot of bother for a while now. With banks retreating from the sector and private equity enthusiastically pushing to create yet more value, the pressure is on for management teams to use every tool available t...

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