Category Archives: Situation Awareness

Removal of heat protection from machinery.

Outline: CHIRP has received several reports concerning removal of heat protection from engines including jacketed fuel lines, fuel pump covers and, in the report below, indicator cocks. This can lead to fuel spraying onto hot surfaces with a high risk of fire. What the Reporter told us: Recently, I noticed that indicator cock covers had […]

Main engine failures.

Outline: CHIRP has received several reports recently concerning main engines failing to start, and associated issues.  What the reporters told us: Two separate reports where the main engine failed to go astern during final approach to the berth. Fully laden log carrier departing port and heading to China. When pulled off the wharf with tugs, […]

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 […]

Communications issues – do you fully understand what is being said?

Outline: A vessel was the subject of two reports, the former being a pilot ladder deficiency but there was also a communications issue when trying to address the deficiency. The communications issue led to a near grounding.  What the Reporter told us: Recently, whilst climbing a pilot ladder on an inbound bulk carrier, I noticed […]

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 […]

MARPOL – environmental violations and concerns

Outline: CHIRP continues to receive many reports relating to MARPOL. One report below details concerns with grey water, with the other highlighting a potential pollution scenario.  What the Reporter told us (1): Our vessel transferred a quantity of bilge water from the engine room bottom plates to the grey water tank using an air pump. […]

I’m not going to board until you rig a compliant ladder

Outline: Two reports describing how pilot boarding was suspended until satisfactory arrangements were provided. What the Reporters told us: Accommodation ladder did not have safety stanchions rigged on bottom platform and ship had only partially rigged the safety ropes. Suspended pilot boarding for 15 minutes for crew to rectify deficiency and make safe. Crew had […]

Non-compliant by design

Outline: Two reports – one highlighting a new vessel that is non-compliant with SOLAS, the other describing how an overboard discharge was situated in close proximity to the pilot boarding station. What the Reporter told us (1): When disembarking from this new passenger vessel (built in 2018), the pilot boat was caught momentarily on the […]

Heavy weather checklists – life rafts.

Outline: A disturbing report from a ship’s crew member concerning non-availability of life rafts.   What the Reporter told us: Whilst transiting the North Atlantic in very rough weather, all of the vessel’s life rafts were secured inside the accommodation. This resulted in the freefall lifeboat being the only equipment immediately available in the event […]

Correspondence received – rudder angle indicators

Outline: Follow-up correspondence to an article in Maritime FEEDBACK 51 What the Reporter told us: I experienced a near collision due to rudder angle discrepancy. The vessel was approaching an anchorage at dead slow speed with a following flood tide, and we applied port helm to clear an anchored vessel ahead. The rudder angle indicator […]