Category Archives: Design

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, […]

MARPOL – environmental violations and concerns

Outline: CHIRP continues to receive many reports relating to MARPOL. One report below details concerns with grey water, with the other highlighting a potential pollution scenario.  What the Reporter told us (1): Our vessel transferred a quantity of bilge water from the engine room bottom plates to the grey water tank using an air pump. […]

Non-compliant by design

Outline: Two reports – one highlighting a new vessel that is non-compliant with SOLAS, the other describing how an overboard discharge was situated in close proximity to the pilot boarding station. What the Reporter told us (1): When disembarking from this new passenger vessel (built in 2018), the pilot boat was caught momentarily on the […]

Correspondence received – rudder angle indicators

Outline: Follow-up correspondence to an article in Maritime FEEDBACK 51 What the Reporter told us: I experienced a near collision due to rudder angle discrepancy. The vessel was approaching an anchorage at dead slow speed with a following flood tide, and we applied port helm to clear an anchored vessel ahead. The rudder angle indicator […]

AIS and ECDIS offsets.

Outline: We have received several reports which outline position anomalies between a vessel’s AIS and ECDIS, and positions obtained from a PPU or by visual / radar position fixing.   What the Reporter told us (1): Prior to getting underway, there was no error on the ECDIS displays. However, once moving, an error was evident. […]

Correspondence received – Bridge / Engine Room communications

Outline: A detailed report giving some feedback to the article published in Maritime Feedback issue number 52. What the Reporter told us: I was a master on a ferry approaching a berth – head in, with control on the starboard wing. Difficulties were experienced in reducing the ahead movement of the vessel, and with a […]

Pilot door design.

Outline: Further to the article in MFB 48 concerning a vessel that was not constructed in compliance with SOLAS V 23, a second similar report has been received. What the reporter told us: This report concerns a new build vessel on her maiden voyage. The pilot boarded at the agreed pilot boarding area. On this […]

Unsafe pilot boarding and disembarking arrangements.

Outline: A report outlining an appalling disregard for safety, where a pilot’s life was placed in danger due to an entirely unnecessary risk.   What the reporter told us: On the evening of 17th April, the vessel in question asked for a pilot for an outbound manoeuvre. The weather conditions were good. The vessel was […]

Yacht Safety

Outline: A report outlining poor safety standards on large motor yachts What the Reporter told us: Whilst berthed alongside in Costa Rica, a yacht arrived on the berth behind ours. We then witnessed an all too familiar sight, common in the yachting sector. Crew members were repeatedly seen accessing the bow of the yacht when […]

Emergency Procedures for Disabled Passengers

OUTLINE: A report highlighting difficulties on cruise and passenger vessels that disabled persons may encounter when following standard emergency procedures. What the reporter told us: My husband and I have travelled with this company a couple of times, and on both occasions whilst we attended the emergency muster drill, nothing was said regarding people who […]