Category Archives: Distractions

Hazardous towing practice.

Outline: An account of an unsafe towing practice observed aboard a harbour tug assisting a container vessel during a port manoeuvring operation. What the Reporter told us: The photograph shows a tug engaged in towing operations assisting a large container vessel during departure. Despite many incidents in the towing industry where watertight integrity has been […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]