Lithium-ion batteries are starting to become common on commercial vessels either as part of an electric propulsion system or as a replacement to conventional battery technology. This guidance contains advice for operators, marine surveyors, design approvers and naval architects about the risks of using lithium-ion batteries and how to address them.
A recent IMCA Safety Flash focuses on an incident in which there was a fire in a 25bar high flow diesel driven screw compressor installed on the back deck, to provide lessons learned.
The incident occurred on a diving support vessel operating within the 500m zone of a platform. The compressor was a long-term rental unit being used to provide ancillary air for subsea operations. It had been running for 30 minutes at the time of the fire, and there were no indications of anomalies leading up to the incident. The fire was extinguished quickly and safely. There were no injuries.
In February 2023, nine incidents of armed robbery against ships (occurred in internal waters, archipelagic waters and territorial seas) were reported in Asia. No incident of piracy (occurred on high seas) was reported. Of the nine incidents, eight incidents were reported in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS), which remains an area of concern. The number of incidents reported in SOMS accounts for 75% (12 of 16 incidents) of the total number of incidents in Asia reported during January-February 2023.
According to Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), on Friday 10th March, a Philippine landing craft struck a tugboat in the port of Cebu, sinking the tug and claiming the life of one crewmember.