Category Archives: Defences

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 […]

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 […]

A positive result following engagement with the DPA

  This report involves two sister ships operated by a major shipping company with the same pilot ladder rigging issue. On this occasion, the DPA readily engaged with CHIRP, acknowledged the issue raised and thanked CHIRP for bringing it to their attention.   What the reporter told us (1): The weight of the pilot ladder […]

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 […]

Unsafe Working at Heights

  CHIRP continues to receive reports primarily from the yachting sector concerning unsafe working at height. These highlight practices where the potential for serious personal injury or even death are present. What the Reporter told us: Recently I witnessed several deck personnel on the yacht on our port side working at height without any safety […]

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. […]