Category Archives: Maintenance Management

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. […]

Lifting Operations

Outline: A report describing a lifting operation which highlights several areas where there is a high potential for an accident to occur.   What the Reporter told us: Recently, I observed lifting operations being performed on a research vessel and on the basis of a single observation, the operation fell short of the minimum expectations […]

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. […]

Proactive Port Authority

Outline: A report of a combination ladder deficiency and the follow up which involved both the port authority and the regulatory authority (Port State Control).  What the Reporter told us: This vessel presented itself for a pilot boarding with the following deficiencies; The accommodation ladder was steeper than 45 degrees and was not secured to […]

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 […]