Category Archives: Distractions

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 […]

Unmooring – Momentary Human Error – Wait for the splash… !

Outline: Whilst  unmooring,  the  forward  breast  lines were lowered by ships staff for release at the hook by the shore  linesmen.  The  officer  in  charge  (OIC),  assuming that the ropes had been released, gave the signal to the winchman to heave the  ropes  home.  The  winch operator commenced heaving. The OIC realized, simultaneously with advice relayed […]

Port arrival and berthing mishaps (3)

This report should be read in conjunction with Port arrival and berthing mishaps (1), (2) and (4) Outline: CHIRP has received several reports relating to  port  arrival  and  berthing.  The  following  reports cover communication failings, maintenance issues, and operational concerns. What the Reporter told us (3): Whilst berthing the vessel a tug order was missed resulting   […]

Attempted Armed Robbery

Outline: A report where fishing vessels distract the crew at the stern of a vessel whilst others try to board from the bow.   What the Reporter told us: This incident occurred whilst the vessel was drifting outside port limits off a port in Vietnam. The crew noticed four fishing boats approaching the vessel, two […]