Some ships insured by the UK P&I Club did not have appropriate procedures in place or carry out adequate working operations during mooring operations.
However, according to the Club’s ship inspectors, most equipment used in the mooring of the ships was in good condition while the procedures and practices involved in berthing and casting off were generally carried out satisfactorily.
“In some cases, crew were not properly trained or supervised; there was a dearth of non-slip mooring decks; and mooring ropes were frequently stored on drum ends which in turn were often covered in layers of paint instead of synthetic coating or resins,” said the UK P&I Club in a report published in October.
In the year to last March, the UK Club’s in-house inspectors looked at the mooring arrangements, equipment and procedures on 373 ships, with the aim of guaging standards, highlighting areas which were doing well and others needed improvement.
The UK P&I Club said: “The mooring arrangements on 14 per cent of vessels were not satisfactory and seven per cent of ISM mooring procedures were found unacceptable. A significant portion had some way to go to improve mooring procedures to an appropriate standard."
The UK P&I Club has seen a growing number of incidents when non-deck crew are employed during mooring operations and pointed out that is often crew with insufficient training who are seriously hurt when things go wrong, particularly in bights or snapback zones.
More on this and other news in Sea Breezes Magazine - December 2010 Issue
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