Good housekeeping essential to keep a vessel ship-shape

The American Club has launched a free pocket guide to maintaining a safe working environment on board. The Club said that daily maintenance and cleaning tasks were essential to a safe working environment on-board a ship, but that the importance of these simple actions could also often be overlooked.

The latest in The American Club’s Pocket Guides is called Good Housekeeping. It underlines how essential a well maintained and uncluttered work environment is to the health and safety of the ship’s crew and the efficient and secure operation of the vessel.

Head of Loss Prevention and Senior Vice-President William Moore said that the Club had previously reported that the overall cleanliness and general housekeeping of ships revealed during surveys had in some cases become a cause for concern. “The appearance of ships and shipboard equipment on the outside suggests how well things are operating on the inside.”

As a consequence the Club felt it was important to stress certain common-sense practices in an easily understood and convenient fold-up format.

Each section itemises ‘what to look for’ and outlines the tasks to be carried out to minimize risk.

Good Housekeeping-A Pocket Guide can be accessed in English, and in new and traditional Mandarin, on the Club’s website: