Landerneau 4th March 2018

Embarked passive safety should be compulsory, the SMIT BRACKET and the JMLD FOR SYSTEM and installed on all ship, including ships equipped with so called Dual Fuel engines. In order to calmly confront salvage for gas carrier ships salvage teams should be trained rapidly.

During this month of March, for a short instance the spotlight will be focused on the successive shipwrecks which occurred off the Brittany coast in the 70’s and more recently that of the tanker “AMOCO CADIZ”. A good opportunity to remember the development of maritime transport, but also emphasize the risk of the race to gigantic ships for 15 years, always bigger and higher (container ships, cruise liners, and other ships).

These successive shipwrecks polluted the French coast along hundreds of kilometres. After each shipwreck legislation is developed, “more or less implemented and enforceable” thousands of administrative documents issued, making the work of Ship Safety Centre Inspectors more difficult: they are now only about a hundred in France! The MOR GLAZ association regrets and condemns consistently the use of competition between the world’s ports, too often at the expense of maritime safety, that trade must happen and too bad for the rest.

Without the slightest complex, the MOR GLAZ association promotes and sometimes praises the development and modernism of maritime transport. Generally we stand up for all maritime activities by putting at the forefront of these activities the Human the Seafarer, embarked passive safety and maritime safety. For the MOR GLAZ association prevention must be the shipowner’s highest priority,  only they can and must push forward this priority. “An accident such as that which occurred 6th January 2018, 180 nautical miles from Shanghai where 32 Seafarers lost their life, will remain a mystery a long time. Unfortunately, at least 120 ships sink each year. In case of difficulties encountered by these bigger and bigger ships, more and more dangerous because of the volume and variety of the goods transported, but also sometimes by lack of personnel, qualified seafarers etc, these nautical accidents will carry on happening.

The MOR GLAZ association has questioned members who are salvage experts, they are unanimous saying that a gas carrier accident (there will be 500 gas carriers in 2020) would be much more complicated to manage than any other maritime accident. The environment gas, because of its instability, calls a precautionary approach. The extreme temperatures incurred (-150°C) requires special and expensive material. More than ever, preparation for the personnel and for the ship, becomes crucial. Towing, which is a crucial stage to defuse the crisis before it becomes a disaster,  gets really complicated. The size of ships, the type of goods, transported liquids, make a crisis situation unstable and unpredictable. Even if on paper the gigantism of ship and the danger they pose is now included in maritime and other emergency plans, we think that “the reality of the danger has eluded us”; So, from now on we must prevent.

All ships should be fitted with a SMIT BRACKET and the JLMD FOR SYSTEM ; for some ships, the question does not even arise ; Will these new ships be fitted with “Duel Fuel” engines. The MOR GLAZ association expects professionalism from shipowners, and from insurers and classification societies sufficient insight, good reflexes in order to protect themselves “and us” from human and environmental disasters! An opportunity to counter all the articles which present maritime transport as the biggest polluter on Earth!


For the MOR GLAZ association

Jean-Paul HELLEQUIN President

Translation:- T. J. and M-L. Davies