Category Archives: Communication

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 […]

Illegal Bilge Discharge

    An alleged MARPOL contravention in the Caribbean Sea area.   What the reporter told us: I would like to report an illegal discharge of oily water from my previous ship. The engine crew were discharging oily water from the bilge of the main engine, bilge tank and dirty oil tank using rubber hose […]

Inadequate Master / Pilot Exchange

  In recent months, CHIRP has received three reports where the Master/Pilot information Exchange was less than fully comprehensive.   What the reporter told us (1): During the Master/Pilot Information Exchange, (MPX), the Master mentioned some defects which in his opinion were minor, of no concern and would have no effect on the inward pilotage. […]

Collision Regulation contravention

  A report from a North Sea pilot on board a loaded VLCC approaching the SW lane of the Dover Straits highlighting a Colregs contravention.   What the reporter told us: I was piloting a VLCC with a 20.3m draft en route from Skagen to Ningbo via Brixham. As we left the deep water route […]

Sounds familiar?

  Several brief reports containing subject matter that CHIRP continues to receive with monotonous regularity. Why do these incidents continue to occur? We are not describing any complicated situations – common sense and a little thought would go such a long way to eliminate these types of reports.   What the Reporter told us (1): […]

More on GPS Smoothing

  As a follow up to the article published in MFB54 entitled ‘AIS and ECDIS offsets’, CHIRP is concerned  about the effect of randomly altering the smoothing curve settings of a GPS since there may well be unexpected consequences .   We are currently engaging with GPS manufacturers in order to obtain some clarity as […]

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 […]