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Monthly Safety Scenario (MSS)

The Monthly Safety Scenario (MSS) is a Loss Prevention initiative to assist members in their efforts to comply with international safety regulations and to follow best practice.

The Club is publishing, on a monthly basis, a new Monthly Safety Scenario (MSS) to assist owners in their efforts of complying with the above regulations. Alternative scenarios will be uploaded in SCOL. It is easy to download the MSS and enter the written conclusions from the meeting and send feedback to the shore-based organisation.

Right-click on the link below and select “Save target as...“ to save the pdf file on your computer.

MSS Case July - Tide caught pilot by surprise

Pilot on bridgeIt was morning and the vessel had finished loading. The weather was fine with a NW wind of 9 knots and westerly current of 2.5 knots, it was flood tide. The Chief Officer had completed all pre-departure checks. Present on the bridge with the Chief Officer were the Master and helmsman.

Ten minutes before departure the pilot embarked. The Master greeted him on the bridge. The pilot informed the Master that there was an inbound vessel but that it would be of no real concern.

The Chief Officer was not included in this briefing and no other issues were discussed or any specific plan agreed upon. The pilot and Master proceeded to the port bridge wing for departure. The pilot had the conn and the Master was monitoring.

Read more about the importance of pilot briefing and establishing a shared mental picture in bridge team in the latest Monthly Safety Scenario.

Read the MSS Case July 2021 »

Under the ISM requirement, owners are obliged to carry out monthly safety meetings or safety committee meetings onboard their vessels. This obligation stems from Chapter 5 of the ISM Code: “Master’s responsibility and authority” and furthermore from “5.1.2, motivating the crew in the observation of that policy”.

The obligation can also be derived from the Code of “Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seamen”, where it is stated that the safety committee should meet regularly: “3.13.2, The frequency of meetings will be determined by circumstances but as a general guideline, the committee should meet about every 4-6 weeks”.

For more Loss Prevention information, please contact:

Joakim Enström
Loss Prevention Officer
Tel: +46 31 638 445
Mobile: +46 763 217 666

Scenarios archive (available in SCOL)


  • June - Swept away by large wave
  • May - Pilot forgot about moved buoy
  • April - Misdeclared container caused fire
  • March - Engine failure caused grounding
  • February - Lack of cooperation lead to grounding


  • December - Severely burned crew member dies
  • November - Contact with a crane during berthing
  • October - Machinery failure
  • September - Cargo flooding from the ballast tank
  • August - Injury by forklift
  • July - Rescue boat drill injuries
  • June - Grounding when not using bridge equipment effectively
  • May - Oil spill while bunkering
  • April - Collision in busy anchorage after grounding
  • March - Unfinished arrival checklist lead to severe damage
  • February - Heavy weather causes grounding in the archipelago
  • January - Lack of cooperation led to grounding

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