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.
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MSS Case April - Misdeclared container caused fire
It was early morning and from the bridge the Master saw a large cloud of smoke issuing from the forward part of the vessel. At the same time the fire detection system for cargo hold 3 sounded on the bridge. The master described the smoke as being white at first and then greyish. The Chief Officer, however, described the smoke as being 'dark grey, almost black´.
The ventilation fans for the cargo holds were stopped. The fans for the cargo hold 3 were not operating at that time but natural ventilation was being provided for the holds as the covers for the vents were open.
Read more about the consequences of not declaring dangerous cargo in the latest Monthly Safety Scenario.
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”.
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Scenarios archive (available in SCOL)
- 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