Constant vigilance is the key to safe sailing: Standard Club

In its latest video, sponsored by The Standard Club, the Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme (CHIRP) investigated three recent reports that highlighted hazards onboard ships. In each case, a serious incident was avoided by someone raising the issue and resolving it before it was too late.

The first report was from a cruise ship passenger who was dissatisfied with the shipboard emergency evacuation plans, highlighting that they did not appropriately cater for her disabled husband, a wheelchair user. The video raises some important issues about adapting shipboard emergency measures for disabled passengers. Chirp said that a ship’s representative should have an individual discussion with the passenger concerned to cover all emergency issues and tailor plans accordingly.

The second report reported on a pilot who had noticed an issue with the accuracy of the steering gear on a particular ship. Upon attending the same ship on a different occasion, he investigated whether the reported issue had been fixed. Standard testing of the rudder gear revealed nothing, but he investigated further and discovered there was an issue with the rudder system construction. The class report later revealed a litany of failings – a hazard waiting to happen.

The third report covered an aluminium ladder which had been adapted and extended in a very haphazard way, making it unsafe to use.

In each of these cases, an individual chose to raise and report on issues that might have caused an incident in the future. Reports can be submitted confidentially at [email protected].