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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 March - Engine failure caused grounding

Vessel agroundA bulk carrier loaded a cargo of soya beans in a North American port, prior to travelling to Asia.
When loading was completed, the vessel anchored to wait for a favourable tide. At midnight the vessel departed and headed through the fairway. A pilot was on board, and a pilot briefing had been carried out with the Master.

After two hours, a main engine slowdown alarm was triggered due to a loss of cooling water in the main engine. The Master ordered half head but there was no response from the engine.

Read more about what happens when there is excessive loss of cooling water in the main engine in the latest Monthly Safety Scenario.

Read the MSS Case March 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)

2021

  • January - Missdelared container caused fire
  • February - Lack of cooperation lead to grounding

2020

  • 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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