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The use of mandatory equipment on-board

Turgo, Nelson ORCID:, Ellis, Neil ORCID:, Tang, Lijun, Sampson, Helen ORCID: and Acejo, Iris 2013. The use of mandatory equipment on-board. Presented at: Seafarers International Research Centre Symposium 2013, Seafarers International Research Centre Symposium Proceedings (2013). Cardiff, UK: Seafarers International Research Centre, pp. 54-72.

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In contrast to the ships of yesteryear, modern merchant vessels are complex structures incorporating a variety of mechanical and electrical systems. The twentieth and twenty- first centuries have seen a steady increase in the regulation of international shipping by national, regional, and global bodies. One aspect of such regulation has been to determine the essential equipment that all vessels should carry on a mandatory basis. Mandatory equipment specified by the SOLAS and MARPOL conventions of the IMO includes for example, fire fighting equipment; lifesaving equipment and environmental protection equipment. On-board a vessel it is vital that such mandatory equipment is understood and that, when operated, it is used appropriately and maintained correctly. However there is evidence to suggest that in some cases such equipment is either poorly operated and/or poorly maintained resulting in both a threat to life and to the environment. The reasons for this may be complex and in 2012/3 a new study was initiated at SIRC with a view to exploring the complex factors which may underpin the periodic misuse and neglect of such equipment. This paper introduces the new study and outlines its aims, objectives, and methods. It then considers the issues raised in the relevant literature which creates a starting point for the research.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC)
Publisher: Seafarers International Research Centre
ISBN: 1900174464
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 21 March 2024
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2024 00:04

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