Lloyd’s Register and UK P&I Club launch Life-Saving Appliances pocket checklist app
Over 23 million tonnes of cargo and 55,000 cruise ship passengers are transported daily on the worlds fleet of merchant ships. For those employed in the maritime sector, it has long been recognised that the seafarering career is one of the most hazerdous. For example, studies have found that the fatal accident rate in British merchant shipping fleet in a period between 2003 to 2012 was 21 times that in the general British workforce. Whilst little is known about trends in fatal accidents in merchant fleets worldwide, according to statistics released by the International Transport Workers’ Federation, an estimated 2,000 seafarers lose their lives each year as a result of accidents at sea.
The announcement by Lloyd’s Register and UK P&I Club of the launch of their new Life-Saving Appliances pocket checklist app is a welcome step in helping maritime workers to become more proactive in the monitoring and compliance of safety regulations whilst at sea. Available for free download on iOS and Android platforms, the new app joins 5 other apps previously released by LR and UK P&I Club – including ILO MLC, ISM & ISPS, Marine Fire Safety, Marine Pollution Prevention Port State Inspections.The newly released app allows ships’ crews to easily view necessary legislative and regulatory requirements whilst checking off completed activities and add essential activities to be followed up.
In recent years there has been a huge influx of new technologies into the shipping sector. As a consequence, maritime workers are now taked with the simultaneous management of a large number of complex interfaces. With the vast majority of accidents at sea being attributed to human error, related problems of fatigue, occupational health and increased stress levels become evermore apparent.
The IMO Code of International Standards and Recommended Practices for a Safety Investigation into a Marine Casualty or Marine Incident (Casualty Investigation Code) govern the reporting responsibility of flag states when accidents at sea occur. Under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), article 94 on Duties of the flag State, paragraph 7, “Each State shall cause an inquiry to be held by or before a suitably qualified person or persons into every marine casualty or incident of navigation on the high seas involving a ship flying its flag and causing loss of life or serious injury to nationals of another State or serious damage to ships or installations of another State or to the marine environment. The flag State and the other State shall co-operate in the conduct of any inquiry held by that other State into any such marine casualty or incident of navigation.”