Cochin Shipyard asked to carry out safety audit after deadly explosion on drill ship
The Department of Factories and Boilers has asked the Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) to carry out a safety audit. The directive comes in the wake of the blast on board the "Sagar Bhushan" which was under repair at CSL when five workers, including a CSL employee, were killed in an explosion on Feb 13. The Factories and Boilers Department had asked the shipyard authorities to introduce a system to avoid such incidents in the future. The last safety audit at Cochin Shipyard was carried out 10 years ago. An audit done by an expert agency, preferably an international company with a reputation in conducting safety audits at shipyards, was suggested to implement and follow international safety guidelines for shipyards.
The Department of Factories and Boilers has also suggested the introduction of a system to ensure that valves of gas-carrying pipelines are closed before the workers leave their workplace. Among other suggestions are the maintenance of a log for valve-opening and closing, and the use of an explosive meter and hydrocarbon detector. as a temporary step. By using the explosive meter and hydrocarbon detector, it can be checked if the presence of flammable gas is above permissible limit and work at that particular area be avoided in such case. Another suggestion put forward by the department is the installation of modern safety valves which closes automatically once the welding torch is removed from the pipe.
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On March 17, 2018, at 10.30 a.m. the "Maersk Erin" suffered a steam leak in the engine room in position 50 21 28.8 N, 000 26 16.8W. The damage was reported to the to National Maritime Operations Centre of the British Coastguard. The vessel was contacted by VHF by the Solent Coastguard and confirmed that the defect was rectified at 10.43 a.m. The tanker resumed its passage from Primorsk to Lorient, where it dropped anchor off the port on March 18 at 7 p.m.
The Port of Kiel has revealed the design of the Ostseekai Cruise Shipping Terminal’s second facility that will handle cruise ships and passengers.
The 3,700m² two-storey terminal building is designed by architects Hillenkamp and Roselius under a multi-phase co-operative workshop process.
Construction of the €7.5m terminal is scheduled to begin in August, with completion and operation expected to commence in 2019.
Port of Kiel managing director Dr Dirk Claus said: “Sea tourism is a strong growth market sector for the port of Kiel. “With a second terminal building, we will be in a position to expand our capacities and increase handling quality. We are taking a great leap forward against a background of ever more visits by cruise ships and increases in the sizes of those ships. A terminal for every ship berth means the best possible service for shipping companies and passengers. We are taking a great leap forward against a background of ever more visits by cruise ships and increases in the sizes of those ships.”
When completed, the new terminal will be an integrated northern extension of the current terminal building with connections on both levels.
The terminal’s frontage will be equipped with large glass surfaces.
Both the existing and new terminal buildings will form a V-shaped reception area for the arriving visitors to enter the terminal.
Baggage handling will be conducted on the ground floor, while the upper floor will be reserved for passengers and check-in procedures.
Claus further added: “The new terminal building will replace two existing baggage halls. This is something which also has town planning significance.”
The Port of Kiel operates three terminals in Ostseekai, Norwegenkai and Schwedenkai. So far this year, it has handled 166 visits by 32 different cruise ships.
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