Category Archives: Fit for Duty

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 […]

Hours of rest violations.

Outline: CHIRP has received several reports concerning the pressure that some seafarers are placed under with respect to hours of work, hours of rest, and fatigue. One such example is given below. What the Reporter told us: The vessel in question constantly violates the rest hours requirements, and this is ongoing despite having been warned […]

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 […]

Correspondence Received – Night Watchman

What the Reporter told us: A year after a local authority abandoned cost-cutting plans to remove the night watchman at this harbour, an intoxicated man decided to go for a dip at about 1am but got into difficulty. The night watchman spotted him in the water and threw a lifebelt to him whilst raising the […]

Safe Working Practices – Working aloft and in cargo holds (1)

This report should be read in conjunction with articles Safe Working Practices – Working aloft and in cargo holds (2) and (3) Outline: CHIRP has received several reports concerning unsafe working practices whilst engaged in cargo hold preparations and also when working aloft using ships cranes. What the Reporter told us (1): A crewmember reported […]

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 […]

The Human Element – still a long way to go!

CHIRP has received many reports which may be categorised individually as minor near misses. Whilst the reporting of these shows that a behavioural-based safety programme is in place, it also shows that the Deadly Dozen has yet to be embraced.   The Deadly Dozen – see MGN520   Several of these near miss “one liners” […]

MLC Issues – UMS Operations and abuse of authority

Outline: A report alleging that single persons were working in the engine room at night when in UMS mode. Also, personnel issues said to include abuse of authority.   What the Reporter told us: I have a concern related to the Unmanned Machinery Spaces (UMS) operations on board our vessel. When we are sailing, our […]

Abuse of MLC 2006

Outline: An injury on board to a Second Engineer, where the company did not assist with medical treatment, repatriation, or medical expenses.   What the Reporter told us: I was sailing as a 2nd Engineer, and whilst the ship was getting ready to leave the anchorage and berth for cargo operations on 05th December at […]