Category Archives: Communication

Poor communication and lack of command decision

Outline: Poor planning and even poorer communication put crew members in potential danger. What the reporter told us: On 4th December two offshore vessels arrived at the port, the lead ship having been a frequent visitor whilst the other vessel was on a first visit. Their berths had been booked directly with the berth operator, […]

Pilots Corner

Pilots corner: This inaugural article in our new section has been written by a senior pilot For pilots one of the hot problem topics is pilot ladders and access. How do we tackle this? Locally my own port authority has a robust system for reporting and investigating non-compliant arrangements and are very supportive of pilots […]

Unsecured ladder

Outline: This is not what you want to find after climbing the pilot ladder.  What the reporter told us:  I boarded the vessel and noticed that the ladder had been put under a steel platform. I asked the crew to lift the platform because I wanted to know how this ladder was secured to the […]

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 […]

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 […]