Category Archives: Procedures

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]