Permits To Work are not just piece of papar to shuffle, they’re a safety net to keep seafarers alive. Here;s an alert from Marine Safety Forum:
A surveyor was being accompanied around a vessel by its 2nd Officer when they saw an open junction box in the azimuth room. The surveyor and 2nd Officer waited to see whether anyone was working on it, and the ETO appeared shortly after. The surveyor asked the ETO whether he had obtained a Permit-to-Work, and he said that he had not, although he did say he had informed the Bridge.
The ETO has been reminded by the Chief Engineer of PTW procedures, and how they apply to
work on electrical systems and machinery.
The Bridge and the Chief Engineer must be made aware of any work taking place in the azimuth
room and around the vessel in general (this applies as much to contractors as vessel staff). Any
work on electrical circuits must be conducted under Permit-to-Work conditions. Further, a Tool Box Talk must be held before commencement. On this occasion, the ETO did not seek to raise a PTW and nor did he have a Tool Box Talk with the Chief Engineer.
Although the azimuth thruster cabinet is automatically locked out when opened, all electrical
circuits must be locked and tagged out locally before working upon them. Moreover, work on live
machinery/electrical circuits shall be avoided whenever and wherever possible.
Actions to be Taken Onboard:
Chief Engineers to reinforce Safe Work on Electrical Systems and Machinery, and Risk
Assessment Electrical Work with their department and ETO.
If contractors are onboard, they shall always be referred by security detail at reception to the
Bridge first and foremost so that they can discuss their scope of work with the OOW.