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 - Collision in busy anchorage after grounding

It was evening with good visibility, vessel A, was approaching port. The Master had received orders to arrive at the pilot station at 20:40, which was one hour earlier than previously planned. To make the new ETA the speed had to be increased from 10 knots to 14 knots. Instead of following the passage plan, the Master decided to take a shortcut through an anchorage.

The Second Officer who was the Navigation Officer, had already entered the waypoints for the original passage plan into both ARPA radars and the ECDIS, and a cross-track error alarm of 1 cable had been set up. During the approach the Second Officer was not on the bridge and the passage plan was not updated for the shortcut as the Master did not consider it was necessary to update the passage plan...

Read the MSS Case April 2020 »

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.

   Loss of Anchor

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For more Loss Prevention information, please contact:

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

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