The hand pump for the emergency opening of remote control valves for use during cargo operations was not located near the manifold valves. The procedure for checking this pump before cargo operation was not in the company safety system.
Corrective and Preventative action: The Chief Officer was instructed to ensure the hand pump be kept near the manifold during the cargo operations, with the oil level checked and crew trained in its operation.
Experience has shown this is an important piece of equipment and the reporter was correct in making sure the deck officers are familiar with its operation and trained in its use. Maintenance of the hand pump should be included in the Planned Maintenance System, with regular practice in the use of this hand pump to be added to the ship’s drills programme to ensure familiarization with the pump operation.