Differing safety standards can make maritime work a dangerous endeavor. Experts gathered this week in London to discuss the need for evolving maritime safety regulations to be implemented internationally. Among the topics discussed was the need for new regulations and practices regarding safe mooring, as well as the need for changes in the guidelines concerning ship design and construction. The goal was to create the framework by which safety improvements will be made going forward.
Changes in the shipping industry
As commercial ships have grown larger, the need for reliable and universal safety standards has also increased. Global regulations have the power to power to protect maritime workers in any situation and reduce reliance on local knowledge. Shipping will continue to change as technology evolves and only international cooperation can maintain the health and safety of all workers in the industry.
Training and technology
The International Maritime Organization is hoping to agree on new regulations and guidelines in the foreseeable future. The guidelines will cover everything from developing technology in shipbuilding to training standards for offshore technicians traveling by sea. The work covers virtually every issue affecting life and work at sea.
At Hofmann & Schweitzer, we have extensive experience protecting the rights of maritime workers. Our attorneys have the knowledge and resources to help injured workers get the compensation they deserve. We advocate for maritime worker safety and support any initiative designed to protect workers in this dangerous profession.