Category Archives: Capability

Near miss – recreational fisherman and tug

Whilst fishing at anchor a pleasure vessel had to cut its anchor rope and lines in order to avoid a drifting tug. What the Reporter told us: My fishing boat was anchored on a fishing mark. The boat is fitted with radio, ‘radar sounder’ transmitter, and was exhibiting a black anchor marker to indicate that […]

Illegal Bilge Discharge

    An alleged MARPOL contravention in the Caribbean Sea area.   What the reporter told us: I would like to report an illegal discharge of oily water from my previous ship. The engine crew were discharging oily water from the bilge of the main engine, bilge tank and dirty oil tank using rubber hose […]

Unsafe Working at Heights

  CHIRP continues to receive reports primarily from the yachting sector concerning unsafe working at height. These highlight practices where the potential for serious personal injury or even death are present. What the Reporter told us: Recently I witnessed several deck personnel on the yacht on our port side working at height without any safety […]

Inadequate Master / Pilot Exchange

  In recent months, CHIRP has received three reports where the Master/Pilot information Exchange was less than fully comprehensive.   What the reporter told us (1): During the Master/Pilot Information Exchange, (MPX), the Master mentioned some defects which in his opinion were minor, of no concern and would have no effect on the inward pilotage. […]

Collision Regulation contravention

  A report from a North Sea pilot on board a loaded VLCC approaching the SW lane of the Dover Straits highlighting a Colregs contravention.   What the reporter told us: I was piloting a VLCC with a 20.3m draft en route from Skagen to Ningbo via Brixham. As we left the deep water route […]

Ships that feature in multiple reports

  Occasionally a ship features in more than one report, sometimes about a single issue and on other occasions about different issues. Recently CHIRP received three reports about a single ship from different reporters at different locations but concerning the same issue. It would appear that some ships do not (or will not) learn. A […]

Sounds familiar?

  Several brief reports containing subject matter that CHIRP continues to receive with monotonous regularity. Why do these incidents continue to occur? We are not describing any complicated situations – common sense and a little thought would go such a long way to eliminate these types of reports.   What the Reporter told us (1): […]

More on GPS Smoothing

  As a follow up to the article published in MFB54 entitled ‘AIS and ECDIS offsets’, CHIRP is concerned  about the effect of randomly altering the smoothing curve settings of a GPS since there may well be unexpected consequences .   We are currently engaging with GPS manufacturers in order to obtain some clarity as […]

Incident at a Conventional Buoy Mooring (CBM) system.

Outline: A report highlighting the importance of proper communication between all parties during mooring operations. What the Reporter told us: The vessel was mooring at a CBM during daylight, with four crew manning the forward mooring station. Two starboard headlines had been sent and were secured to a mooring buoy. A tug was made fast […]

Communications issues – do you fully understand what is being said?

Outline: A vessel was the subject of two reports, the former being a pilot ladder deficiency but there was also a communications issue when trying to address the deficiency. The communications issue led to a near grounding.  What the Reporter told us: Recently, whilst climbing a pilot ladder on an inbound bulk carrier, I noticed […]