Category Archives: Housekeeping

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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): […]

Removal of heat protection from machinery.

Outline: CHIRP has received several reports concerning removal of heat protection from engines including jacketed fuel lines, fuel pump covers and, in the report below, indicator cocks. This can lead to fuel spraying onto hot surfaces with a high risk of fire. What the Reporter told us: Recently, I noticed that indicator cock covers had […]

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. […]

Heavy weather checklists – life rafts.

Outline: A disturbing report from a ship’s crew member concerning non-availability of life rafts.   What the Reporter told us: Whilst transiting the North Atlantic in very rough weather, all of the vessel’s life rafts were secured inside the accommodation. This resulted in the freefall lifeboat being the only equipment immediately available in the event […]

Heat and Fatigue

Outline: A report covering many issues, but primarily the story boils down to uncaring ship managers. What the Reporter told us: The report was initially received by the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) who, with the consent of the caller, put him in contact with CHIRP. It involves several aspects including both seafarer […]

Ship shore interface – shore gangway.

Outline: A report highlighting poor practice by shore workers whilst removing a gangway from the ship. What the Reporter told us: Recently, whilst in port on a cruise, the gangway was installed and removed by a road crane managed by the port. Just before the ship sailed, three personnel, (a crane driver and two stevedores), […]