Category Archives: Procedures

Echo sounder display and under keel clearance

Outline: This report from a captain reinforces the need to be thoroughly familiar with the equipment on board your ship. What the reporter told us: During the handover prior to taking command, I noted the echo sounder manufacturer and the type of installation. This ship had two transducers, one forward and one aft. There was […]

Wake wash and unsafe speed passing anchored vessels

Outline: There are two sides to every story. What the reporter told us: We were anchored in a creek in a river estuary and had taken alongside an accompanying boat for repairs to their anchor winch. Both boats, motor cruisers of around 12m in length, were well fendered. Whilst anchored, we noticed a pilot boat […]

Correspondence Received – Discrepancies in the pilot ladder poster

CHIRP’s attention has been drawn to a number of discrepancies between the regulations concerning pilot ladders and pilot boarding arrangements as stated in SOLAS (Chapter V Regulation 23) and IMO Res A.1045 (27) and the depiction of the arrangements on the IMO accredited IMPA poster “Required Boarding Arrangements for Pilot”. All seafarers are advised that […]

Correspondence received – Drug abuse follow up

Further to your article, “Drug abuse on fishing vessels” in MFB58 I was interested in the comment “However, CHIRP is not aware of any similar type of simple device on board vessels for detecting the presence of drugs. Such a procedure usually requires third party involvement, similar to the monitoring of sports personnel”. It is […]

Conflict between aircraft and ships

Outline: This unusual report was received from CHIRP Aviation. What the reporter told us: While flying by ILS (instrument landing system) inbound to runway 35 at an island airport, we broke out of low cloud conditions several miles out, on final approach. I saw a very large cruise ship steaming from left to right out […]

Parting wires

Outline: Three reports that all relate to wires parting in service. What the reporter told us (1): The vessel had berthed safely, and the deck crew was instructed to deploy the starboard accommodation ladder. When the crew started lowering the ladder, the wire rope parted about two metres from its inboard thimble eye, in way […]

Drug abuse on fishing vessels

Outline: CHIRP has received two reports from official sources highlighting the use of drugs on board commercial fishing vessels.   What the reporters told us: Increasing drug abuse has been identified on several commercial fishing vessels operating in a specific area. Allegedly cocaine is being used by a number of crew members and it was […]

When is a ship not a ship?

Outline: A report was received from an engineer, with 10 years’ experience on the same vessel, who was concerned about changes to the vessels’ status and the potential consequences. What the reporter told us: The vessel was built in 1997 and has always been registered in the same flag state – even when the name […]

Unsuitable PPE for female seafarers

Outline: CHIRP was invited to comment upon ill-fitting PPE for female seafarers and initiated a survey to determine the extent of the issue. What the reporter told us: In an effort to encourage females to take up a career in the maritime sector, certain administrations have prepared a number of articles giving practical guidance. One […]

Poor communication and lack of command decision

Outline: Poor planning and even poorer communication put crew members in potential danger. What the reporter told us: On 4th December two offshore vessels arrived at the port, the lead ship having been a frequent visitor whilst the other vessel was on a first visit. Their berths had been booked directly with the berth operator, […]