Category Archives: Maintenance Management

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 […]

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. […]

Air Emissions alongside – boiler flame failures

  Two reports highlighting issues with smoke emissions.   What the Reporter told us (1): Our vessel, a tanker, was discharging her cargo with all systems working normally. At 08:15 the auxiliary boiler “Flame Failure” alarm activated, and the boiler shut down. The engineers responded and attempted to restart the boiler on several occasions, without […]

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): […]

More on GPS Smoothing

  As a follow up to the article published in MFB54 entitled ‘AIS and ECDIS offsets’, CHIRP is concerned  about the effect of randomly altering the smoothing curve settings of a GPS since there may well be unexpected consequences .   We are currently engaging with GPS manufacturers in order to obtain some clarity as […]

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. […]