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 September - Broken davit wire on rescue boat

Rescue boat with crew
The vessel was lying alongside at the first port of call since it had left dry dock. The Master decided to carry out a man overboard drill, as the weather was favourable, and as the davit wire for the rescue  boat had been replaced while in dry dock, he wanted to ensure that all was in order. He told the Chief Officer to have the rescue boat ready for early afternoon.

Before going into dry dock the Chief Officer had ordered a new wire but the wire he received was of a smaller diameter than ordered. He assumed that the wire would be OK as it was just 2mm smaller than the original. After lunch the rescue boat crew proceeded to the launching area. 

The Second Officer held a briefing with the rescue boat crew and all others involved. The rescue boat crew included the Second Officer and two ABs. The bosun was in charge of the davit winch and the Chief Officer was monitoring from the deck. The Master was monitoring from the bridge.


Read more about this case in the latest Monthly Safety Scenario. MSS Case September 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

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