Category Archives: Situation Awareness

Failure to declare reportable cases on entering port

Outline: A conscious decision not to declare notifiable disease symptoms on board when entering port put the pilot, dockworkers, and the wider community at risk. What the reporter told us: Following a full crew change in port, the vessel sailed that evening and went to anchor outside the port. Soon after joining, two of the […]

Fire and sinking of a motor yacht

Outline: CHIRP Maritime received a newly-published flag state investigation report and safety bulletin regarding the above fire with an invitation to promulgate the contents to the wider maritime community. What the reporter told us: The vessel concerned was a privately owned leisure vessel (although it had in the past been operated commercially for a short […]

Engine issues in bad weather

Outline: This report was a referral from ISWAN (International Seafarers Welfare Assistance Network). What the reporter told us: A seafarer asked us to report to you some issues related to their engine which he thinks compromises the vessel’s navigation safety. According to him, they are unable to navigate at full speed because of the engine […]

Sailing boat propeller fouled

Outline: The following report reflects a perennial problem for coastal yachting. What the reporter told us: Whilst coastal sailing in wind force 4-5 at 6-7 knots an odd noise was heard, similar to a wave slapping the side of the boat. Nothing else unusual was apparent. Approximately two hours later, and after about an hour’s […]

Ship to Ship mooring incident

Outline: Specialist operations require extra diligence. What the reporter told us: A ship to ship transfer was taking place between a 106,000DWT tanker (discharging) and a 40,000DWT tanker (loading), the transfer was completed at 10:36 and cargo hose disconnection was completed at 10:42. Shortly afterwards, at 11:00, the person in overall advisory control (POAC) informed […]

Flooding cofferdam during speed log maintenance

Outline: The crew attempted to carry out repairs to the speed log unit, which was in the forward cofferdam, while the vessel was underway. What the reporter told us: The repair team consisted of the Chief Engineer who was to supervise the job, the 3rd Engineer, and the Electrician, none of whom had carried out […]

Pilots Corner – More engine issues

In this edition of Feedback, (Edition 63), we have gathered a further selection of reports dealing with different aspects of engine issues encountered by the pilots who reported them. Was it an engine issue or a communication issue? What the reporter told us (1): On departure from the berth, the container ship exhibited main engine […]

Unsafe practice while working over the side

Outline:  A report which outlines another example of mariners putting themselves at risk by following unsafe practices. What the reporter told us: A cruise ship was moored on the pier opposite my ship. I noticed a stage which was rigged on the port shoulder being relocated laterally whilst a crew member was standing on it. […]

Colregs Rule 10 Incident

Outline: A report highlighting a close quarters situation between a commercial fishing vessel and a container ship. What the reporter told us: A fishing vessel was engaged in fishing within the central separation zone of a major TSS following a basic loop pattern of courses, northwards on 330° then turning to port to follow the […]

Substitution of simulator time for sea time

Outline: We live in an ever-changing world but is all change appropriate? What the reporter told us: It has recently come to my attention that it is the intention of a major flag state, with industry support, to reduce the sea time required by cadets in favour of simulator training. The proposal is to allow […]