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 - Cargo flooding from the ballast tank

Container ship in Los AngelesWhen the container vessel arrived in port it was instructed to anchor and wait until its berth was available. While the vessel was waiting for the berth, the Chief Officer decided to carry out a routine ballast tank inspection.

The company has a requirement for carrying out detailed risk assessments but no specific requirement when this should be done. In this case, the officers did not think it was necessary.

Read more about what happens next in the latest monthly safety scenario case.

Read the MSS Case September 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”.

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)

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