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 June - Grounding when not using bridge equipment
The vessel had picked up the pilot and was approaching the fairway to the port. It was morning with clear skies and light winds. On the bridge were the Master, the pilot the OOW and the helmsman. The Third Officer was the OOW and had completed the pre-arrival checklist. The vessel was in hand steering mode and the pilot had the conn. The Master had given the pilot a pilot card, but they had not carried out a pilot briefing.
Suddenly the vessel vibrated heavily and the speed fell rapidly until the vessel completely stopped. The Master realised that the vessel had run aground. He told the pilot that the vessel was aground but the pilot did not believe him as the vessel was in the middle of the fairway. The vessel had run aground on a bank which was outside the fairway but was clearly visible outside of the channel on the ECDIS and radar. This was also confirmed when the position was plotted.
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”.
A topical issue of importance
A current topic that is of importance is Loss of Anchor. You can find the case in the pdf below.
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Scenarios archive (available in SCOL)
- May - Oil spil while bunkering
- April - Collision in busy anchorage after grounding
- March - Unfinished arrival checklist lead to sever damage
- February - Heavy weather causes grounding in archipelago
- January - Lack of cooperation led to grounding
- December - Dangerous heaving line caused injury
- November - Poorly planned maintenance led to engine room flooding
- October - Serious injury during mooring operation
- September - At anchor during a typhoon resulting in a grounding and total loss
- August - Containers lost in heavy weather
- July - Technician fell off pilot ladder and drowned
- June - Stowaways in the steering gear trunk
- May - Accident during Man overboard drill
- April - Crack in cargo hold cover caused wet damage
- March - Engine room fire - carbon dioxide system did not activate
- February - Fall during cargo operation caused serious back injuries
- January - Excessive speed when approaching berth