Coping with maritime accidents and emergencies

Mon, 30 March 2015

Lloyd’s Maritime Academy, supported by the International Salvage Union, Safety4Sea and Lloyd’s List are holding a seminar, Managing Maritime Accidents & Emergencies on how to cope when disaster strikes at sea.

Most companies will have plans to handle maritime accidents and emergencies and the two day seminar, to be held in June in London is aimed at boosting participants’ expertise in managing varied and complex outcomes that can develop often faster than even the best organised response can cope with.

Areas covered include: exploring the primary cause of maritime incidents and the impact of human behaviour, identifying casualty management strategies, examination of legal implications and liability issues, understanding claims investigations and wreck removal, communicating with the media, an insight into handling incidents in the Arctic and hearing of the salvor’s perspective on the challenges of maritime accidents.

The list of twelve speakers is something of a who’s who of influential experts experienced in dealing with marine emergencies. Accidents in UK waters will invariably attract the attention of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency and Colin Mulvana, UK Deputy SOSREP will examine the role and improving the relationship of local authority engagement in an emergency. Two former MCA personnel, John Astbury CBE (formerly CEO at MCA) and Mark Clark (formerly head of public relations and media department) will talk on understanding command and control and communicating effectively with the media respectively.

When things go wrong at sea it is to the salvage industry that those at the wrong end of events will likely turn to. The role of the salvor is sometimes misunderstood at a time when owners and insurers may be under pressure to make important decisions without the luxury of being able to ‘sleep on it’. Mark Hoddinott, General Manager at the International Salvage Union is lined up to explain the salvor’s perspective including the complexities of salvage operations, salvage agreements, responder immunity, places of refuge and challenges associated with mega vessels. Mr Hoddinott is well placed to cover the subject being a master mariner and former Salvage Master for companies including Titan Salvage.

Casualties often result in litigation and a number of speaker will cover the inevitable legal aspects that have to be managed. This includes a practical workshop with Ian Maclean, master mariner and partner at Hill Dickinson covering litigation risk management and disclosing documents to opponents. A streamed session will involve groups discussing safety implications, investigation procedures, legal implications and salvage solutions when dealing with a mega container ship and passenger ship casualty.

With increasing activity in remote regions a senior representative from ITOPF will assess the complexity and costs of marine pollution in the Arctic including the difficulty of responding in such regions and complexity surrounding incidents involving containers. Details of the seminar can be found

Source: Peter Barker,-towing-and-salvage/coping-with-maritime-accidents-and-emergencies3

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