Category Archives: Capability

Learning opportunities from non-compliance reports

Outline: Two reports were received recently that contained references to unusual recommendations, rules and regulations. Following the adage ‘take every opportunity to learn’, CHIRP is  publishing  details in the belief that they need to be promulgated more widely to prevent ships’ crews falling foul of them.  Remember that other legal truism ‘ignorance of the law […]

Communication is essential

Outline: CHIRP received the following report from a vessel’s captain What the reporter told us: At the end of a long river pilotage, the ship was about a mile from the berth and proceeding upstream at slow ahead whilst awaiting tugs. The pilot ordered ‘half astern’, but the engine failed to kick astern. After waiting […]

Poor safety culture on board

Outline: A report received from a crew member concerned about the safety culture on board his ship and the poor example set by senior crew members. What the reporter told us: I have been working on board an LPG carrier for almost three months and I notice the lack of safety here is common. I […]

A very near miss

Outline: A moment’s thoughtlessness could have had fatal consequences. What the reporter told us: A bulk carrier had arrived at a major iron ore terminal and commenced loading without delay the previous evening. At approximately 06:27, loading of No2 hold was completed and the shoreside loader was relocated to the next hold. Moving the loader […]

Unsafe crew practices

Outline: A report highlighting dangerously unsafe practices by members of a ships’ crew. What the reporter told us: Disregarding recommendations for ladders to be stowed away from contamination and protected from UV damage, the pilot ladder had obviously been left on deck throughout the port stay and discharge of palm kernel expeller (PKE), as it […]

Pilots Corner – A perspective from New Zealand

This month’s article has been written by a senior member of the New Zealand Maritime Pilots Association (NZMPA). Whilst some parts are specific to New Zealand the vast majority of the issues and points raised are applicable on a global basis. Equally, a large portion of the initiatives introduced by the NZMPA for implementation within […]

Drug abuse on fishing vessels

Outline: CHIRP has received two reports from official sources highlighting the use of drugs on board commercial fishing vessels.   What the reporters told us: Increasing drug abuse has been identified on several commercial fishing vessels operating in a specific area. Allegedly cocaine is being used by a number of crew members and it was […]

Fatigue in the harbour towage sector

Outline: The following report was received in response to the request in Maritime FEEDBACK 56 for seafarers with experience of fatigue at work to contact CHIRP. What the reporter told us: After reading your latest CHIRP Maritime publication where you requested examples of fatigue occurring in the maritime industry, I will try to explain the […]

When is a ship not a ship?

Outline: A report was received from an engineer, with 10 years’ experience on the same vessel, who was concerned about changes to the vessels’ status and the potential consequences. What the reporter told us: The vessel was built in 1997 and has always been registered in the same flag state – even when the name […]

Failure to comply with Collision Regulations (Rule 15)

Outline: A 12m ketch on a night passage in the Mediterranean had to take evasive action to avoid collision with a 72m luxury motor yacht which failed to comply with the requirements of Rule 15. What the reporter told us: It was a clear night with good visibility, and we were approaching the outer reaches […]