A second officer and the ABs under his command during unmooring operations either did not realize the risk associated with the job they were doing or tolerated the risk, given their previous experience in similar situations says a report from the Danish Maritime Authority on an incident aboard the AP Moeller in Singapore which an AB was injured when a rope guide broke and a spring line hit an AB on his right hip, throwing him against a windlass resulting in injuries to his hip, head and arm requiring hospitalisation.
Mooring operations are inherently hazardous, involving complex factors and enormous stresses. Injuries are unfortunately common and often horrendous, if not fatal. The routine nature of mooring operations, however, and the speed of container operations, too often lead to lack of planning, ‘safety blindness’ and complacency.
If you don’t plan for safety, plan for a funeral.
Says the DMA:”The mooring winches were operated at high speed, which caused the messenger lines to entangle as the ends of the spring lines approached the roller fairleads. As a consequence the spring lines tightened.
The rope guides did not have enough strength to absorb the load from the sudden
tightening of the spring lines.
The 2nd officer and the ABs either did not realize the risk associated with the job they were doing or tolerated the risk, given their previous experience in similar situations.
It is the assessment of the Division for Investigation of Maritime Accidents that consistent safety planning and communication in connection with the mooring operation was lacking.
It is the assessment of the Division for Investigation of Maritime Accidents that the
safety assessment of the rope guide concept was inadequate.