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 May - Pilot forgot about moved buoy
It was evening and the vessel had completed loading and was ready for departure. All pre-departure checklists had been completed. The Second Officer had checked the tide in the harbour, and departure was scheduled for just after low tide. The tide was running between 1.5 – 2.5 knots with a height of 0.4 metres. The maximum draft for vessels entering the port was 9 metres. After loading the maximum draft was 8.2 metres, which was aft.
Two pilots boarded the vessel and met the Chief Officer on the bridge, who presented the departure calculations and gave them the pilot card. The Master, who had visited the port numerous times before, arrived on the bridge just before departure. He had been delayed because he had to complete the final paperwork with the agent.
Read more about the importance of shared mental picture in bridge team and pilot briefing and MRM 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)
- 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