Category Archives: Capability

Unsuitable PPE for female seafarers

Outline: CHIRP was invited to comment upon ill-fitting PPE for female seafarers and initiated a survey to determine the extent of the issue. What the reporter told us: In an effort to encourage females to take up a career in the maritime sector, certain administrations have prepared a number of articles giving practical guidance. One […]

Lost crane load during cargo operations

Outline: CHIRP was amongst a list of organisations to receive a completed accident investigation report from a port authority with the sole purpose of promulgating the findings to a wider audience so more people can learn from the issues highlighted. What the report told us: The vessel involved was a small Lift On / Lift […]

Poor communication and lack of command decision

Outline: Poor planning and even poorer communication put crew members in potential danger. What the reporter told us: On 4th December two offshore vessels arrived at the port, the lead ship having been a frequent visitor whilst the other vessel was on a first visit. Their berths had been booked directly with the berth operator, […]

Pilots Corner

Pilots corner: This inaugural article in our new section has been written by a senior pilot For pilots one of the hot problem topics is pilot ladders and access. How do we tackle this? Locally my own port authority has a robust system for reporting and investigating non-compliant arrangements and are very supportive of pilots […]

Unsecured ladder

Outline: This is not what you want to find after climbing the pilot ladder.  What the reporter told us:  I boarded the vessel and noticed that the ladder had been put under a steel platform. I asked the crew to lift the platform because I wanted to know how this ladder was secured to the […]

Unsafe tug securing arrangements.

Outline: A report from a large container ship highlighting difficulties securing tugs in a specific port.   What the Reporter told us: My container vessel regularly calls at a container terminal in a specific port where, during mooring operations, we often experience problems taking the tug’s line. The problem is that the line presented by […]

Inappropriate time to leave the bridge.

Outline: Whilst sailing from a port in adverse weather conditions, a tanker in ballast collided with a channel buoy. The pilot had departed from the bridge beforehand to facilitate an early disembarkation because of the bad weather. What the Reporter told us: Upon completion of cargo discharge, a pre-departure bridge team meeting was held, and […]

Where is the responsible officer?

Outline: This report concerns a large cruise liner operated by one of the major  passenger ship operators departing from port. The reporter in this instance was the disembarking pilot. What the Reporter told us: The pilot ladder presented for pilot disembarkation was not rigged in accordance with SOLAS regulations. A metal bar had been placed […]

Can I have a Permit?

Outline: An engine room rating was assigned a task in the machinery spaces. He requested a permit to work for working at heights and asked for scaffolding to be erected to allow safe access. The Chief Engineer refused to issue a permit. Relationships rapidly spiralled downhill. What the Reporter told us: I am assigned as […]

H2S Incident

Outline: The following report highlights a near miss with H2S.   Initial Report: A tank inspection was being carried out on board a tanker on completion of discharge. The inspection involved the Chief Officer, cargo inspector and an AB – they were checking tanks with a portable (closed type) gauging tape, which is achieved through […]