his investigation report features a fatality aboard a 23500 grt container vessel,
at the time of the accident, the injuries he sustained to his head were fatal.
Accident Investigation Reports
Fatality during mooring operation T
when a headline parted under tension during a berthing operation and struck an ordinary seaman (OS) who was standing on the deck. It highlights a number of human element related lessons to be learnt, not least: the importance of carrying out a risk assessment before design modifications are made; of following instructions on the planning and execution of mooring; of following guidance on mooring rope inspection, care and handling; and of good communication.
The vessel was moving astern along her berth, assisted by two tugs. The forward mooring station was manned by the chief officer, bosun, a trainee seaman, a cadet and the OS.
The master had given instructions to start taking weight on the fore and aft mooring lines; the pilot did not communicate to the master that he had given an instruction for the tugs to stop pushing. The headline parted, snapped back and struck the OS. Although he was wearing a safety helmet
Rep &orts Studies
Stress prevention at work checkpoints International Labour Office, Geneva
This manual has been prepared to reflect the increased necessity for measures to deal with problems causing stress in the workplace.
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The Challenges in Philippine Maritime Education and Training
Angelica M Baylon, VAdm Eduardo Ma R Santos, Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific
This paper examines the implementation of the revised STCW Convention and Code, and the role of various stakeholders to recruit, train and retain the seafarers for the safe operation of their vessels.
Downloadable from: http://auamii.com/jiir/Vol-01/issue-01/ X5.Ba
The forward mooring deck of the vessel was spacious, and snap-back zones were clearly marked with yellow paint. Some 7 months prior to the accident the winch controllers had been moved from a position on deck aft of the centre mooring winch, to a new position which meant that the winch operator was required to face aft during mooring operations.
The snatch loading and parting of the mooring rope occurred without audible warning. The OS was therefore unaware of the imminent danger. The chief officer was unaware of the risk of the mooring rope parting until it was too late to give a warning, and the bosun, who was operating the winch controllers, was unaware that the OS was standing in the snap-back zone behind him. And, the relatively inexperienced trainee seaman and cadet did not recognise the potential risk to the OS before the rope parted.
The company’s instructions and guidance
on mooring operations included the dangers of ropes parting and the observance of snap-back zones. These were reinforced in a concentrated safety campaign on mooring and anchoring, which had begun about a month before the accident. The campaign highlighted the need to conduct a tool-box meeting before every mooring operation, but, no such meeting was held prior to the vessel’s berthing.
The report suggests that, a tool- box meeting conducted before each operation would have reminded all mooring party members of the intended plan and the safety considerations to take into account, and may have encouraged further communications and interaction during the operation.
Those who are involved in the design, regulation, management and operation of merchant ships are strongly advised to read the whole report which identifies all the safety issues raised by the case, and can be downloaded from: www.maib.gov.uk/cms_resources.cfm?file=/
Industry recommendations for ECDIS training
The Nautical Institute
Issued by an industry group made up of leading international shipping industry organisations, the guidance covers issues of training and competency for ECDIS and helps interpret IMO requirements for ECDIS training. It makes recommendations to ensure that watchkeepers remain competent and that other industry stakeholders are capable of assessing such competence.
Downloadable from: www.he-alert.org/documents/published/
Hearing Protection Peter Wilson, Industrial Noise and Vibration Centre
An article in which Peter Wilson argues that most hearing conservation programmes are ineffective.
Downloadable from: www.he-alert.org/documents/published/
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