Chemical burns, COVID-19 precautions and more about maritime safety

02 March 2020

Following a chemical burn to a crew member’s eye, Maritime NZ has issued advice about safe handling of chemicals on ships, including carrying a neutralising solution, such as Diphoterine.

The information is in the February issue of the monthly, online safety newsletter, SeaChange.

This issue also promotes Ministry of Health updates about COVID-19 (coronavirus). Recent border advisories have included specific requirements for cruise ships and other vessels arriving in New Zealand and for New Zealanders working on visiting vessels, such as pilots and stevedores.

Maritime NZ Director, Keith Manch, said the focus of SeaChange is “putting safety first”.

“It’s free, and every month you get safety information you can use.”

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The February 2020 SeaChange includes:

  • Get on board with safe handling of chemicals
  • COVID-19 (coronavirus) update
  • Kiwi on board first-ever cruise entirely led by women
  • Biggest changes for NZ ship standards!
  • Meet our crew
  • Company director fined $2,500 for being asleep at the wheel
  • Campaign to change attitudes toward drugs and alcohol
  • “No Excuses” for recreational boaties in West coast
  • Hydrography survey guidelines: Feedback welcome
  • Radio NZ interview with Rescue Coordination Centre NZ watch leader
  • Last chance to swap old certificates for new
  • Know the ins and outs of your local port and harbour
  • New school boat for children of Tokelau.
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