Digital navigation: old skills in new technology. Lessons from the grounding of the Nova Cura April 2016.
This Dutch Safety Board report draws attention to the functionalities of ECDIS and that the modernity of ECDIS obscures the fact that the system may be reliant on ENCs with a very low level of reliability. Checking the CATZOC and the pick reports is therefore key to safe navigation.
On 13 September 2016 at Marseille, an abandon ship drill planned for a part of the crewmembers of the cruise ship HARMONY OF THE SEAS was organised with the 9 port lifeboats.
When lifeboat 14 was ready to be lowered with five men on board, the operator in position on deck 5 released the lowering winch brake. The lifeboat was then suddenly destabilized and felt into the sea. Soon after, a rescue party intervened and assessed that one of the sailors was unconscious and that the four others were injured.
Over twelve years ago, Julian Parker, the Secretary of The Nautical Institute, and Vaughan Pomeroy, Manager, Research and Development, Lloyd’s Register, began to develop an idea for a publication devoted to raising awareness of human element issues.
It is appropriate and my pleasure to start by recognising the originators of the Institute’s Human Element Project, Julian Parker and Vaughan Pomeroy, and the crucial funding provided by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation over the past 12 years.