Category Archives: Distractions

Safety briefings are given for a reason

Outline: A report detailing an incident where a wilful failure to fully comply with a safety briefing led to an injury to a passenger.   What the reporter told us: I am the skipper of a Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB) which offers tours of the local area to observe the wildlife, fauna and flora. […]

Heat and Fatigue

Outline: A report covering many issues, but primarily the story boils down to uncaring ship managers. What the Reporter told us: The report was initially received by the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) who, with the consent of the caller, put him in contact with CHIRP. It involves several aspects including both seafarer […]

Ship shore interface – shore gangway.

Outline: A report highlighting poor practice by shore workers whilst removing a gangway from the ship. What the Reporter told us: Recently, whilst in port on a cruise, the gangway was installed and removed by a road crane managed by the port. Just before the ship sailed, three personnel, (a crane driver and two stevedores), […]

Collision Regulations – Several near misses.

Introduction: CHIRP has received several accounts of navigational near misses from both the leisure and commercial sectors. Some of these have a common theme and thus, to avoid repetition, CHIRP comments may be found at the end of the section rather than on an individual basis. Report No 1: A report describing a near miss […]

A Complete Lack of Safety Awareness.

Outline: A short report which details two areas where there was a breakdown in safety awareness. What the Reporter told us: During the arrival manoeuvre of a general cargo ship, I noticed that most of the crew members on the fore and aft mooring stations were not wearing any PPE at all (no safety shoes, […]

Yacht Safety

Outline: A report outlining poor safety standards on large motor yachts What the Reporter told us: Whilst berthed alongside in Costa Rica, a yacht arrived on the berth behind ours. We then witnessed an all too familiar sight, common in the yachting sector. Crew members were repeatedly seen accessing the bow of the yacht when […]

Bridge Resource Management (BRM) – Misunderstandings and protocols.

Outline: Two simple reports describing various BRM failings. What the reporter told us (1): After boarding this vessel, and conducting a comprehensive Master/Pilot information exchange, which included adjusting speeds during different parts of the pilotage, the pilot asked the master if engine revolutions could be increased to achieve a desired speed of 14.5 knots. The […]

Communications issues

Outline: Two reports outlining a potential for misunderstanding through a lack of closed loop reporting and vague instructions.   What the reporter told us (1): This report concerns a failure to maintain closed loop communications, vague and open-ended instructions, and failure to comply with company regulations regarding usage of terms and language for standard procedures. […]

Helmsman Error

Outline: A report outlining a loss of concentration by the helmsman whilst under pilotage. What the Reporter told us: On the northern bend in a port approach channel, the helmsman put the wheel to port instead of to starboard. The Pilot and Master immediately picked up on the error and rapidly corrected the helmsman. A […]

Get me to and from the bridge on time

Outline: Two short reports from Pilots outlining difficulties in making a timely entrance to the wheelhouse, and in disembarking following a pilotage. What the Reporter told us (1): When boarding the vessel there was no “responsible officer” at the ladder – a cadet with a radio was in attendance along with crew members. As I […]