A review is given of the causes of casualties to ships in the high seas occur and the extent to which the responsible parties can promote greater safety. Even as international rules and conventions have been developed that clearly define the minimum standards of construction and equipment applicable to virtually all types and sizes of ships, there are still myriad contradictions and insufficiencies in these rules. The Port State has a duty to protect the life and property of its citizens but also has an obligation, under international agreements, to allow a ship holding valid Convention Certificates to trade freely no matter how unsafe they may be. Using particular marine accidents as examples, the potential hazards from ships within the jurisdiction of a Port State are examined. The contradictions between ship and shore legislation are discussed and related to several accidents which include: bunkering accidents; marine disasters; dangerous cargo incidents; and ship repair accidents. To underscore the need for greater awareness of public safety, mention is made of some internationally well known accidents.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 24p., incl. discuss.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00660659
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM