CHIRP – Maritime Feedback 03/2014
Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme (CHIRP) has received reports of hazardous occurrences related to mooring rope risks.
In one report that CHIRP received, line handlers were not wearing personal protective equipment. In another report, a passenger on a cruise liner saw whilst docking the linesmen wearing PPE but they appeared to be unaware of the danger of standing in a bight.CHIRP contacted the port authority, they in turn shared the information with the stevedoring company.
CHIRP also noted a media article on the death of two men whilst assisting with mooring lines. They were thrown overboard from their boat when it became swamped with water and capsized. Although wearing life vests, one mans vest became unfastened as he was thrown into the water.
Personnel are routinely confronted with numerous hazards when involved in mooring operations. Wearing appropriate PPE is important and personnel are advised to be cautious and remain vigilant as cir – cumstances may change very rapidly. Do not stand in the bight of a rope and also be aware of the dangers from ropes parting and the potential area that ropes may snap back into.
Advice on safe mooring practices can be found at Chapters 12 and 25 of the MCA publication Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seamen.
For more information please read the Maritime Feedback 03/2014 issued by CHIRP
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