Josh Jambon Familiar With Safety of Life at Sea Treaty

Josh Jambon of Jambon Marine Services complies with all safety standards of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, or SOLAS.  An international maritime treaty, SOLAS requirements apply to signatory flag states, ensuring that ships registered by signatories are in compliance with safety standards of construction, equipment and operation.  Current SOLAS standards were set in May 1980.  162 states are contracted to comply by the current International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea standards, covering around 99 percent of all merchant ships in the world.  The first SOLAS standards arose in 1914 after the Titanic disaster, mandating minimum numbers of lifeboats, radio contacts, and emergency procedures and equipment.  However, the first treaty was delayed due to the beginning of World War I.  The 1929 and 1948 standard versions were adopted.

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The 1960 standards as set forth by the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea treaty were a step forward, with regulations dealing with modern technology in maritime shipping, while the 1974 Convention adopted procedures which enabled SOLAS to take effect more efficiently.  Josh Jambon recognizes the 1974 standards, updated and amended since that time, as per its amendment to use metric units only in 1975, and the 1988 changes to replace Morse code with the Global Maritime Distress Safety System.

Josh Jambon of Jambon Marine Services abides by all International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea requirements, endeavoring to maintain compliance with all safety standards as they pertain to construction, equipment and operation.  Chapter Five of the treaty manual applies to all sea vessels, whether they are private yachts, small local craft, commercial vessels or international cruises.  The Global Maritime Distress Safety System requires radio equipment, emergency radio beacons and transponders for search and rescue for all international voyages.  All planned sea voyages are required to assess weather forecasts, tides, crew capability and other possible threats to navigation.  Vessel masters must also render aide and assistance to vessels in distress and have mastery of the use of lifesaving signals and messages.  

Jambon Marine Services and owner Josh Jambon look forward to the latest generation of platform service vessels with diesel/LNG transport capabilities.  An LNG tanker is especially designed for the transport of liquefied natural gas.  The first LNG tanker Methane Pioneer departed from the Louisiana Gulf coast in 1959, delivering liquefied natural gas to the United Kingdom.  Today, LNG ships which carry 9,400,000 cubic feet of LNG sail across the world’s seas on a current fleet of 193.  Typical LNG carriers concentrate the tanks along the centerline of the vessel, with ballast tanks, cofferdams and voids surrounding the center tanks.  A pump tower hangs from the top of each tank, where the main cargo pumps and a spray pump is used for pumping out LNG for fuel or for cooling down cargo tanks.

Offshore support vessels, known in the vernacular as OSVs, are a specialized form of maritime ship customized for use by the offshore oil and gas industry.  Proliferation of the offshore support vessel market is driven by demand for oil.  High oil prices encourage energy companies to increase their offshore oil and gas drilling projects, and therefore the need for offshore support vessels rises.  The search for, called exploration and production (E&P), new undersea drill sites for untapped sources of oil and gas are the first stop in the ultimate values assigned to fossil energy.  Complex, fraught with dangers and expensive to execute, offshore drill projects are a devastating loss both economically and perhaps environmentally if the effort fails.  Offshore platform service vessels must be customized and economical.

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