Braemar (incorporating The Salvage Association) has exposed the need for more training to be provided to prevent casualties in the event of accidents involving vessels.
The announcement was made whilst addressing delegates at the annual International Ship-owning and Ship-management Summit in Singapore on October 3, 2016.
Graeme Temple, Far East Regional Director for Braemar SA said: “Training is essential to managing incidents effectively and looking at how processes can be improved.
“Often we see casualties needlessly occurring because of human error, this can be managed, if not avoided, by providing the appropriate training before such events occur.
“Most large casualties are a once in a lifetime event, but we must make sure Masters are prepared for every eventuality.
“Very often the first decisions after an incident are crucial, that is why ship managers and owners, as well as incident support teams, must ensure that the right infrastructure and support is there when it is needed.”
Alongside the ship management trade association, InterManager and ship manager Exmar, Mr Temple made the statement as he was giving a lecture entitled ‘Casualty scenario: what can be done to reduce the risks even further?’
Mr Temple concluded: “Human error is the cause of many casualties, but poor motivation, for whatever reason, plays a very large part in this I suspect.”
This comes after a fire in the cargo tanks of the Mexican-flagged ‘Burgos’ chemical carrier on September 24, 2016 burned for three days off the coast of Veracruz, the local authorities including the navy were deployed to rescue on board personnel.