Archive for October, 2011

Things to do if you are seriously injured onboard a cruise line

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Imagine yourself embarking on a cruise ship vacation. You are excited for the adventure and stoked for the relaxation that you know you deserve. But what if you witness someone getting severely injured during your vacation on board a cruise ship? Or what if you were the one injured? This could call for a possible maritime law case. But do take in consideration that the law on land does not always apply when you’re on sea. So here are some things that you need to do for a maritime law case to be qualified.

1.    Report the incident.

Upon seeing the accident, you need to immediately report the incident by writing the specifics. It should contain where the incident took place, the date and time it occurred, and a brief narration of what happened. After writing this down, you pass it to the cruise ship’s security department. Also ask for a copy of the one you have written prior to the one you passed them.

2.    Take pictures of the incident.

This is to be done if you do not receive a written report. You do yourself a favor instead of rewriting the whole counts of the incident.

3.    Get a witness

The more witnesses you have, the better. Take down their names, telephone numbers and addresses. Your witness or witnesses will help you prove your statement or case. Just remember, you are not obliged to give anyone a written or recorded statement as you gather your evidence/s.

4.    Get treatment for your injuries

Whenever possible and available, get your injuries treated right away by a licensed physician or doctor. Be aware that if your doctor commits a medical malpractice, then it is his (doctor) and your liability and not the ship’s. You need to get sufficient medical treatment even if it means that you have to leave the vessel when the cruise reaches the next port.

5.    Document your injuries

You need to document the injuries you have as well. You need to take pictures in case the injuries aggravate.

6.    Hire a maritime lawyer

In this case, it is important that your lawyer has a wealth of experience to handle your care. Discuss the incident and find out what rights you are entitled to. Never delay seeing a maritime lawyer especially if you are injured seriously aboard the cruise ship.

Never misrepresent or exaggerate your injuries. Chances are, if the jury finds you truthful, then you win the case, get compensation for your trouble, and help the cruise line improve their standards for safety.

Maritime Security and the Principles

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Almost everybody knows the process of the maritime business: Cargo’s are brought from place to place, shipping costs are based on the weight of the cargo, the risks involved in a maritime industry, the compensation for injured employees, the maritime system policies,  shipbuilding, maritime lawyers, and some other topics that are already general knowledge. But what do we really know about the security precautions, or the measures of security of the Maritime Industry?

Applications of maritime security

Maritime Security is basically safety precautions. It can be the simplest measure that is practiced by a boat owner or a grand system of securities used by the Navy. It can also be the precautions set upon for the protection of cargo, vessels, and even individuals from sabotage, terrorism, theft, or piracy. Technically, maritime security applies to a large classification of technological devices; offshore and onshore.

On the other hand, Maritime security also applies to the naval forces that have undergone all-encompassing initiatives to avoid, prevent, or even go to the point of assault those involved in activities that may prove to harm and endanger, such as:

  • Piracy
  • Hijacking
  • Human trafficking

These actions are principally commenced by maritime societies all over the world. It is appointed for the protection of all ports, facilities, and sea vessels. But despite safeguarding the vessels and other facilities, they knew more action had to be done. These duties were estimated, and even brought to the point of expansion by the Security act of Maritime Transportation. This decision was decided in the effort of opposing terrorism.

Maritime regulations

These maritime regulations are recognized in 2002 by the Global Maritime Organization and are now applicable not only on local waters, but also on international waters. Both of these agreements or formal contracts are likely involved with the security of sea vessels and other structures. Below are few examples:

  • Security Officers must be appointed by the vessel owners or operators.
  • Vessel owners or operators must also make and implement safety plans and processes according to the vessel’s specifics.
  • They must also follow the orders of the security levels globally. The same rules apply for the owners of naval facilities. Whether situated offshore or on land, the same rule applies if you are an owner of a ship, boat, marine, or even a port.

Six initiatives and more marine corridors were identified and recognized for the additional and further development of the security program. These initiatives will compete for fund through the national maritime funds. Whichever will be chosen shall prove for the betterment of maritime security.

Tools and Defenses for Maritime protection

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Working offshore is not always safe. The risks do not always involve accidents and mishaps that are caused by internal variables. There are other risks that involve outsiders. You must always develop, practice, implement, and create techniques and tactics that would prepare you against possible terrorist activity.

Threats facing maritime facilities

One of which is when a group of divers swim quietly towards a harbor bringing explosive devises to blast cargo vessels for loot, navy ships, loading docks, and even fuel tanks. Undercover attacks such as these are used by combat divers and the navy seals. Some of the possible targets of these groups are the military vessels (which include the navy ships), drilling platforms, and even the shipping ports.

Tools and defenses used for maritime security

Today, personal security films and military coastguards conduct today’s maritime security. A wide collection of techniques are utilized as well as new technologies to guarantee a smooth and safe environment.

1. Sonar and imaging devices

These devices are attached to ships that monitor everything that is going on under water. In addition, these are used to examine incoming ship exteriors for explosions or mines.

2. Security cameras

Whether wired or wireless, regarded as key components among security systems are security cameras,.  Underwater cameras are the cameras that have a clear view underwater. They have the capability to have a clear image due to the special lasers that can amplify image quality underwater. There is also the matter of hidden cameras that come with a certain lens type and can be modified with different lens types. These hidden cameras can even operate in really low lighted states and are placed mostly in places that require close monitoring, like critical facilities.

3. Security nets

Used underwater to provide a boundary, mostly made from stainless steel cabling, these nets will keep threats out from getting in and entering specific locations. These nets are positioned in different ports or locations strategically and are scattered all over the world. These nets are an essential factor in the protection of harbors, and are efficient too. If ever an attacking diver tries to get through or clip the net, the wiring that is inside the cables can find and locate the location of the disturbance through optics. This will trigger a alarm and response teams will be notified for counter measures.

4. Sonic shock waves

These are are emitted a powerful weapon that is also used against terrorist attacks emitting a signal that can stun or even kill divers that are drawing near.

These are just some of the tools and defenses available for maritime security controls. But no matter what your tools are, you have to know how to coordinate everything if you want your defense security to function properly.

The Maritime Security and Market Pirates

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Maritime piracy occurrence has been gradually increasing on larger and higher values of the assets on which the alleged piracy occurred. These incidents have raised the maritime security awareness.

Incidents such as these are taking its toll on the shipping costs, and is even involving the gas and oil sectors. Not only that, reflective questions are also being addressed regarding the energy security in this globalized economy. This has raised minds to concentrate on tackling the problem on maritime piracy. The threats of maritime terrorism are still a possibility since terrorist groups see the likeliness in aiming targets that have the potential to explode. These variables are now the reason why the values on maritime security have increased.

Why maritime piracy happens?

Pirates find cargo ships easy to overcome especially when force is used because these ships are vulnerable to terrorism. This is essentially true; knowing that the maritime security lacks the budget for a full-pledged defense for all of their vessels.
There are a lot of areas that are riskier than the rest, and are required to be always on its highest alert. When a crew is preoccupied with anchoring the vessel, or has just finished doing it, the pirates attack the sea vessel, knowing that this is the most vulnerable moment of the ship.

Deficiency on maritime security

The maritime industry was not spared with the bad recession. Because of this, the industry as a whole have to be content with the restraints on defense budgets as it recovers from the said recession. As the saying goes, “tough times come with tough decisions…”
Another sad fact is not all piracy cases are reported. Why? Seafarers only account an assault if a member or members are hurt, or if a cargo is damaged.

Current maritime security efforts

A branch of the Naval force has dedicated and regarded itself to a number of ship’s protection; those that are passing in some specific places, and can be reached by this Naval Force branch. They are dedicated and determined to avert every acts of piracy shipping, and they even have a website where you can reports any suspicious ship or vessel, as well as provide these alerts that are up-to-date.

To avert any form of attack, many agents that transport the cargos took a stand and have some of the following security methods:

  • Putting barbed wire all around a ship’s lowest access point
  • Setting up hidden cameras to monitor their vessels defense

Philippine Maritime Shipping and Manning Companies Directories – Part 27

Monday, October 3rd, 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.

    • SOUTHFIELD AGENCIES INC

6F VIP BDG 1140 R BLVD COR PZA NUESTRA DE GUIA ERMITA MANILA
Phone: 5265883-86/ 4009894
Fax: 5217978/ 5243172
email: manning@southfield.com
WebSite: www.southfield.com.ph

    • SPELMONT MANNING SERVICES, INC.

G-1 GOCHANGCO BLDG 610 TM KALAW ST ERMITA MANILA
Phone: 4008978 / 4008987
Fax: 5246352
eMail: spelmont@pacific.net.ph

    • SPLASH PHILIPPINES INCORPORATED

G-5 RM301&G-3 RM308, EAST WING VELCO CTR 13TH ST PORT AREA MANILA
Phone: 5272552/ 5273414/ 527241
Fax: 3380138

    • SSM MARITIME SERVICES, INC.

RM 203 & 206 BF COND A SORIANO AVE COR SOLANA ST INTRAMUROS MANILA
Phone: 338-0255/526-6031
Fax: 3030003/5257255
email: ssminc@skyinet.net

    • ST VINCENT SHIPPING INC

RCM BLDG 1418 SAN MARCELINO ST ERMITA MANILA
Phone: 5211566 / 5211567
Fax: 5215207

    • STARPORT SHIPPING

RMS.403 & 404, ANITA BLG 1300 QUEZON BLVD Q.C.
Phone: 3710587/3720849
Fax: 3720807

    • STATUS MARITIME CORPORATION

GF & 2F, 1802 J.NAKPIL COR SN MARCELINO STS MALATE MANILA
Phone: 3851573 TO 78/404O345
Fax: 4040313
eMail: status@accountingmanila.com

    • STELLA MARRIS SHIPMANAGEMENT, INC.

4F PROSPERITY WEST CTR 92-A WEST AVE PHILAM QC
Phone: 9127421 / 9319154/913649

    • STOLT-NIELSEN PHILIPPINES INC

GF, 2F,3F DON CHUA LAMKO BLDG HV DELA COSTA SALCEDO VILLAGE MAKATI
Phone: 830-7900/815-9821
Fax: 8159821
website: www.sntg.com


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