Category Archives: Teamwork

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 […]

Unsafe tug securing arrangements.

Outline: A report from a large container ship highlighting difficulties securing tugs in a specific port.   What the Reporter told us: My container vessel regularly calls at a container terminal in a specific port where, during mooring operations, we often experience problems taking the tug’s line. The problem is that the line presented by […]

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 […]

Where is the responsible officer?

Outline: This report concerns a large cruise liner operated by one of the major  passenger ship operators departing from port. The reporter in this instance was the disembarking pilot. What the Reporter told us: The pilot ladder presented for pilot disembarkation was not rigged in accordance with SOLAS regulations. A metal bar had been placed […]

Can I have a Permit?

Outline: An engine room rating was assigned a task in the machinery spaces. He requested a permit to work for working at heights and asked for scaffolding to be erected to allow safe access. The Chief Engineer refused to issue a permit. Relationships rapidly spiralled downhill. What the Reporter told us: I am assigned as […]

MARPOL – Reported deliberate pollution

Outline: Report received from a member of the engine room crew on a ship where deliberate acts of pollution were allegedly carried out on a nightly basis. What the Reporter told us: I have observed every MARPOL violation on my ship. At night, the crew throw overboard every kind of waste oil, sludge, bilges, used […]

Collision Regulations – Rule 15 non-compliance

Outline: A report received concerning non-compliance  when two vessels were approaching a major  port. What the Reporter told us: My own vessel (A) was proceeding westerly at 11kts with the other vessel (B) proceeding WNW at 11kts to the south and just forward of my beam. Her CPA was fluctuating between 0.2-0.35nm ahead. This was […]

H2S Incident

Outline: The following report highlights a near miss with H2S.   Initial Report: A tank inspection was being carried out on board a tanker on completion of discharge. The inspection involved the Chief Officer, cargo inspector and an AB – they were checking tanks with a portable (closed type) gauging tape, which is achieved through […]

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 […]