Archive for August, 2011

The Rise in Maritime Accident numbers

Monday, August 29th, 2011

It is actually disturbing to know that maritime accident cases all around the world are reported for the past years and still a rising number of accidents are still expected.

What are maritime accidents?

  • Accidents involving people working in a vessel
  • Passengers or vacationers who took part in a water sport and got into a mishap.
  • Vessel to another vessel collisions.
  • A vessel colliding to an immovable object
  • Fires happening at sea, ports or any place involving a watercraft.

Among the maritime accidents listed above, the most common type or marine accident is the collision of two water vessels. More than a thousand marine to marine collisions happen each year in the United States. And in these maritime accidents, over 700 people are reported to get killed every year.

These reports not only confirm a rise in maritime accidents, but also making the maritime society aware of the repair costs involved. A huge percent of the accidents are mainly composed of vessel collisions, contracts, and grounding that involves the commercial vessels internationally. These reports also proved that a ship’s risk for accident has now increased 100 percent.

Factors contributing to maritime accidents

  1. Pressure on ship crews due to demand for innovative ships.
  2. Lack of employees due to fast turnover and new ship technology.

The rapid turnover of crews as well as the shortage has led to the decrease on standards for experience while the complexities of handling new ship technology has made navigation more difficult

Human error and maritime accidents

Human error becomes the main reason behind most accidents involving navigation at sea. Even with the advance technology and the study of the manual, it is not a guarantee that errors would be avoided. Safety skills must always be held in highest regard as well as focusing on the improvement of human resources and the standards set for them. These standards not only cover the ship officers and their crew but also to the management employees and everyone who works aboard a cruise.

Having understood the factors affecting maritime accidents, it probably the responsibility of operators and vessel owners to carefully study the risks involved in to at least minimize the loss of not just properties but lives as well. If not, statistics will continue to rise and more losses could bring a company too many monetary problems.

Maritime Employees, Accidents, and Compensation

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

The maritime industry is one of the companies that rapidly grow because of its high demand for production resulting to a high employee demand. This made the industry grow despite it being a very risky industry.

Because of this, a law was passed that would protect a maritime employee and avoid the issue of negligence on their employer’s part. It would give the employees the proper claims if they suffer massive injuries, by any chance, while working for their employer.

Nature of claims before the law

Before the law was passed, some cases of negligence were filed in different departments of a maritime company. It is unavoidable for accidents to occur, yet, most of the alleged accidents and cases of personal injury occur without much justified facts. Even if compensation was given, it was not enough. Despite facts (e.g. injuries) were shown, these were not enough to prove how certain the claims were. In the end, these complained accidents would end up being answered by memos explaining that the situation was unexpected. Sometimes these accidents would not only take the source of an employer’s livelihood but in worst cases, their lives would also be taken.

The Jones act

A law passed by Senator Wesley Jones aimed at helping the employees of a vessel. This law became a personal task and priority of Maritime lawyers when addressing employee claims.

There were countless injuries that occurred within the maritime industry. A few of these are international maritime damages, injuries from water taxis and ferry including injuries that are inflicted by cargo supplies. Getting a lawyer will be important to have this law interpreted.

Why consult a maritime lawyer?

A maritime lawyer will help you when filing for your benefits. In addition, maritime lawyers will stand for your interests during disputes or would even defend you against some claims. Getting a maritime lawyer is the first step, however, how do you spot a good lawyer?

A background check of your choice of lawyer including the firm, which, he/she is from, will be necessary to make sure your case will be handled properly. While a lawyer is essential in filing you benefits and claims, you also need to maintain a good healthy working relationship. Doing this will speed up the process of your claims and prevents you from hopping from one lawyer to another.

Life of a Seafarer

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Seafarers can somewhat refer to the groups living by the sea, and are found all over the world. Some cultural group adopted the name as it refers to a large area of distribution. This group is occasionally known as Pirates, or even Sea Gypsies.

But during these modern times, a seafarer is a traveler who goes by the sea. Or even a person who works near the ocean. Seafarers come from all over the world spending their lives close to the sea as they find life at sea to be a unique existence. They come from different backgrounds and cultures, and they work in varied areas of the shipping business.

Advantages and disadvantages of being a seafarer

Advantages

  • Adventure. A means to see the world in a new perspective and experience new things
  • Connection to wealth. Possible due to trading.

Disadvantages

  • Risk of Death. Accidents are unavoidable at sea
  • Distance. Travels can take you far away from your family and loved ones for months or even years.
  • Loss. Material losses brought about by trading and business in this case

What makes a seafarer?

Not everyone can be a seafarer. A person must have a strong mental stability and an established tough physical foundation, along with an adaptive and flexible attitude. If you do, you can find the life at sea adventurous and fun. But you must be aware that life at sea is not is not the comfort break away from the typical academic routine. A new recruit officer must involve themselves in a painstaking course that they have to pass at the same time passing fixed examinations to get promoted.

A wider range of experiences are offered to the life of a seafarer. All the aspects of the seafarer’s life involve adventure, traveling abroad, and seeing diverse ports. But a seafarer would have to be keen to work hard hours, or be wealthy, for someone else in order to experience the life, and as a result, would have only a little time to take pleasure in the experience.

The Maritime Employers Liability Policy

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Maritime Employers Liability is a process of insuring an employer’s legal responsibility or liability under Admiralty law to his or her staff. It presents similar treatment for employers as contained in a P&I rule. Maritime Employers Liability does not cover any arbitrator liabilities.

Maritime Employers Liability covers allegations against the employer from his employees, specifically the following:

  • Wounds
  • Damages
  • Injuries
  • Demises under the Death on High Seas Act, Jones Act among others.

In layman’s term, your workers will undertake legal proceedings against you as a seaman if ever this is the case. Why use seaman as opposed to employees? One basis why an employee would look to utilize the term seaman is that perhaps he can anticipate getting more benefits from Workers Compensation.

How does the Maritime Employer’s Liability Policy work?

In a nutshell, when an employee finds himself in another vessel during the course of his duties, this becomes the applicable policy. Why? Once a vessel has left the pier and is under its own rule and command, the state Workers’ Compensation will not cover you and the coverage will not be enough. The Jones act will only cover employees that are aboard vessels operated or owned by your company, while the Maritime Employers Liability covers instances that may happen while your employee is working on a liner that is operated and owned by other people.

If your company or companies are connected with providing tools or equipment, or repairing other company’s vessels’, then you should consider knowing and getting in touch with the Maritime Employers Liability Insurance. Vessel proprietors who do not cover their crew under a certain policy with a Jones Act endorsement are the typical insurers of the Maritime Employers Liability policy. The Jones Act coverage is only limited to a specified crew. This objective is to limit coverage to employees performing established functions to further the vessels task and to rule out coverage for contracting the employees working from the watercraft. Owners or proprietors should consider getting the Maritime employers Liability coverage in this case.

Here are some of the safety measures that should be taken into consideration when dealing with the Maritime Liability Policy:

  • Receipts
  • List of paid employees
  • Estimates for some policies (e.g Jones Act)
  • Location of work
  • Period of work
  • History of claims
  • Exposure of the maximum and average number of employees

The distinctive Maritime Employers Liability policy covers the employer’s possible responsibility under the Jones Act in surplus of a retention or deduction. The sub-limit is usually $25,000 and is generally accessible from a Worker’s Compensation carter, if he or she is insured.

Philippine Maritime Shipping and Manning Companies Directories – Part 25

Monday, August 1st, 2011

The list of Philippine Shipping and Manning Companies provided in this article, and their information including their links would help a lot in finding what you need. This list connects to the previous related articles posted in the maritime category. You can subscribe for updates by using your email for free to get instant update about this post.

    • SEALANES MARINE SERVICES INC

8/F PRYCE CENTER 1179 BAGTIKAN COR. CHINO ROCES MAKATI
Phone: 8900191 / 8951721
Fax: 8707870/ 8999957
eMail: recristobal@mits_dcl.com.ph

    • SEALION MARITIME SERVICES CORP.

CS 6 3F HARISSON MNS, 2360 FB HARISSON ST PASAY CITY
Phone: 8337406
Fax: 8335708

    • SEAMASTER SHIPMANAGEMENT CORP

U401 U N SQUARE BLG COR J BOCOBO ST ERMITA MANILA
Phone: 5251373/5213551
Fax: 5363625
eMail: info@seamaster.ph
WebSite: www.seamaster.ph

    • SEKUR MANNING INCORPORATED

R606&607B PACIFIC STAR BLG MKTI AV COR G PUYAT MKT
Phone: 6700-7701/8403045/81235
Fax: 6700-7704
eMail: info@sekurmanning.com

    • SENATOR CREWING (MANILA) INC

5F HYATT CENTRE ORTIGAS AVE MANDALUYONG CITY
Phone: 7229153 TO 55
Fax: 7211159/ 7278316/
eMail: scm@scm.com.ph

    • SHARPE SEA PERSONNEL INCORPORATED

U1101,PEARL OF THE ORIENT TWR, 1240 ROXAS BLVD. ERMITA MANILA
Phone: 5672800 TO 03
Fax: 5672803
eMail: manning-ssp@cits.com.ph

    • SHIPLINK AGENCY INCORPORATED

R503B WING A 5F CONCORDE CONDO BENAVIDES ST MAKATI
Phone: 8922015
Fax: 8922016

    • SIEMS INTERNATIONAL, INC.

G/F L & S BLDG 1414 ROXAS BLVD MANILA ERMITA MANILA
Phone: 5262253/5361787
Fax: 5224978/4501483

    • SINGA SHIP MANAGEMENT PHILS INC

U-1,21F BDO PLAZA 8737 PASEO DE ROXAS MAKATI
Phone: 8928280/892-3928/892-708
Fax: 8943270
eMail: singamnl@singaship.ph
WebSite: www.ssmpi.com.ph


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