30 Jan 2023

Take 10: Issue 32

Risk management is a fact of life at sea – and something that all navigators must understand fully. Here are ten key points to bear in mind

The Navigator
30 Jan 2023

202305- Fixed CO2 system serviced yet left unserviceable

A vessel underwent a routine firefighting equipment survey. All equipment was fully inspected, and any faults or non-conformities were apparently rectified. The fixed CO2 system had reached its 10 year service life interval, so the flexible hoses were renewed and replaced.

MARS
30 Jan 2023

202306 - Too many negative factors can give a negative outcome

An LPG carrier in ballast was being piloted up a narrow waterway in darkness to the loading berth with one tug escort secured astern. The pilot reduced the vessel’s speed to minimise the wake before passing a pipeline removal project that was outside but close to the navigation channel.

MARS
30 Jan 2023

202307 - Corroded extinguisher proves fatal

A handheld (cartridge-type) dry chemical powder fire extinguisher was condemned during an annual third-party inspection due to corrosion issues. It was subsequently discharged, ostensibly for demonstration purposes.

MARS
30 Jan 2023

202308 - Car carrier stability less than required

In the early morning hours, a car carrier departed port in a partially loaded condition. As the vessel progressed out to sea in a river channel, a 68° starboard turn in the channel was required. The pilot ordered 10° of starboard rudder.

MARS
30 Jan 2023

202309 - A fall too far

The deck crew of a bulk carrier were undertaking hold cleaning while at sea in ballast. Based on the completed risk assessment, the PPE required for the job included a safety harness with lifeline.

MARS
30 Jan 2023

202310 - Exhaust valve springs fly into face

A member of the engine room staff was carrying out routine maintenance on an auxiliary engine while the vessel was at anchor.

MARS
30 Jan 2023

All at Sea - The Navigator Issue 32

Risk management should be a continuous process – and there's always something more to learn to help you do it better. Here are a few suggestions – but let us know yours!

The Navigator
30 Jan 2023

WAYPOINT Navigational data risk: a question of integrity

George Shaw from the Royal Institute of Navigation looks at how seafarers can balance accuracy and integrity in positioning

The Navigator
30 Jan 2023

Who's navigating? Passage planning and positive thinking

Second officer Rudolph Clark Garaygay discusses the value of embracing the positive and the importance of active communication

The Navigator