Category Archives: Communication

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Accommodation fire – two fatalities

Outline: Even tragic accidents have learning potential providing the root causes are identified during the subsequent investigation. CHIRP Maritime has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the International Seafarers Welfare Assistance Network (ISWAN) whereby CHIRP will refer any specific welfare reports to ISWAN, whilst ISWAN will refer any safety-specific reports to CHIRP. The following report […]

Alleged MARPOL contravention and MLC non-compliance

Outline: A report concerning alleged blatant contraventions of both the MARPOL and MLC international conventions. Under the MOU that exists between CHIRP Maritime and ISWAN, the following was another safety related referral by ISWAN. What ISWAN told us: We have been contacted by a seafarer having safety related issues on board. Oil from the vessel […]

Engine fails to start upon sailing

Outline: A report highlighting a main engine failure and demonstrating the reason that pre-departure checks are carried out. What the reporter told us: The main engine failed to start on departure from the berth. The ship’s electrician had somehow disabled the main engine after repairing the bow thruster which had failed on arrival. Further dialogue: […]