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GPS smoothing: How to remove discrepancies in received positions

Knowing exactly where we are at each time is a key component of safe navigation and the use of GPS and ECDIS provide this capability nowadays, but the continuing trend to rely solely on this means of navigation rather than to cross-check with other independent and reliable navigation techniques introduces a significant risk, CHIRP notes.

CHIRP: Passengers with disabilities on cruise ships

CHIRP has received correspondence from mariners on the standards and experiences related to passengers with disabilities. CHIRP comments that in the absence of any common rules or practices, possibly the best advice is to ensure that all of requirements are known prior to boarding.

Non compliance with COLREGs could lead to collision

In it’s latest issue, CHIRP focuses on two vessels’s crossing situation, while approaching a major port, as one of them didn’t follow the 15th rule of Collision Regulations. With a CPA of less than 0.25nm between the vessels, the report describes the whole procedure that each ship made and the actions taken, in order to avoid an incident.

Chief Engineer refuses engine room rating, gets excluded from duty

In its 57th issue, CHIRP pays attention to an engine room rating operation that had to be conducted by the Chief Engineer, who declined to conduct the operation in the machinery spaces, due to the lack of safety measures, an act that in the beginning led to the Chief Engineer’s exclusion from engine room duties.

CHIRP mostly receives reports from pilots due to lack of safety measures

In its latest issue for November, CHIRP focuses on the reasons why receiving several reports from marine pilots is a constantly-seen phenomenon. Many of the received reports are based on pilot boarding arrangements or pilotage issues, while CHIRP highlights the facts of this usual situation.

Deliberate acts of pollution carried out on board vessel

In its 57th issue CHIRP pays attention to deliberate acts of pollution allegedly carried out on a nightly basis on board a vessel, as reported by a member of the engine room crew. In fact, the reporter told CHIRP that has observed every MARPOL violation on the ship, adding that “at night, the crew throw overboard every kind of waste oil, sludge, bilges, used rags and other garbage including plastic and cans.”

Unsafe pilot disembarkation procedures pose great risks

In its 57th issue CHIRP pays attention to several reports concerning safety onboard and accidents. In this one, the attention goes to a large cruise liner operated by one of the major passenger ship operators departing from port. The reporter in this instance was the disembarking pilot.

Vessel hits channel buoy after pilot leaves bridge duties

In its latest issue, CHIRP focuses on an incident when a tanker in ballast had to rapidly disembark because of bad weather, but eventually collided with a channel buoy, after the pilot left the bridge. CHIRP concluded that the pilot should hand over the conn in a safe navigational position with ample time for the next manoeuvre.

Tips on conducting safe tug securing arrangements

In its 57th issue of November, CHIRP discusses of a report from a large container ship highlighting difficulties securing tugs in a specific port, presenting the challenges of the design of the tugs and safety measures that some companies do not follow.

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