During an inspection of the accommodation, the plastic light cover of a cabin toilet light was missing and posed a potential risk of electrocution of the occupant. On another occasion it was observed that the filters on the driers in the crew laundry were very dirty with clothes flocks creating a potential fire risk. A good practice is to post a warning notice, “Clean filters before use” and place this adjacent to the driers.
These observations help demonstrate the value of vigilant routine inspections, over and above planned maintenance inspections. The safety culture onboard these ships can be improved by ensuring each individual is aware of their personal responsibility to report the hazardous occurrences around them and not just wait for the master to find deficiencies.