Category Archives: Training

Collision Regulation contravention

  A report from a North Sea pilot on board a loaded VLCC approaching the SW lane of the Dover Straits highlighting a Colregs contravention.   What the reporter told us: I was piloting a VLCC with a 20.3m draft en route from Skagen to Ningbo via Brixham. As we left the deep water route […]

Ships that feature in multiple reports

  Occasionally a ship features in more than one report, sometimes about a single issue and on other occasions about different issues. Recently CHIRP received three reports about a single ship from different reporters at different locations but concerning the same issue. It would appear that some ships do not (or will not) learn. A […]

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, […]

Incident at a Conventional Buoy Mooring (CBM) system.

Outline: A report highlighting the importance of proper communication between all parties during mooring operations. What the Reporter told us: The vessel was mooring at a CBM during daylight, with four crew manning the forward mooring station. Two starboard headlines had been sent and were secured to a mooring buoy. A tug was made fast […]

Communications issues – do you fully understand what is being said?

Outline: A vessel was the subject of two reports, the former being a pilot ladder deficiency but there was also a communications issue when trying to address the deficiency. The communications issue led to a near grounding.  What the Reporter told us: Recently, whilst climbing a pilot ladder on an inbound bulk carrier, I noticed […]

I’m not going to board until you rig a compliant ladder

Outline: Two reports describing how pilot boarding was suspended until satisfactory arrangements were provided. What the Reporters told us: Accommodation ladder did not have safety stanchions rigged on bottom platform and ship had only partially rigged the safety ropes. Suspended pilot boarding for 15 minutes for crew to rectify deficiency and make safe. Crew had […]

Non-compliant by design

Outline: Two reports – one highlighting a new vessel that is non-compliant with SOLAS, the other describing how an overboard discharge was situated in close proximity to the pilot boarding station. What the Reporter told us (1): When disembarking from this new passenger vessel (built in 2018), the pilot boat was caught momentarily on the […]