Don’t Put A Finger In The Pie

 Nautical Institute, publications, Safety Alerts  Comments Off on Don’t Put A Finger In The Pie
Oct 052010

You need hands... and fingers

As every butcher knows, sit a baby on the bacon slicer and you’ll get a little behind in your work. Similarly, a messman who hasn’t been trained to use a meat slicer could end up with the wrong sort of finger in the pie.

That’s one of the warnings to be gather from the current issue of the Nautical Institute’s October edition of its Mariners’ Alerting and Reporting Scheme, MARS.

MARS is one of several confidential reporting schemes, which includes MAC’s own ConReps and the Confidential Human factors Incident Reporting Programme, CHIRP, that enable seafarers to report safety-critical incidents and situations without putting their jobs on the line.

Continue reading »

NI Throws Book At Mooring Accidents

 mooring, Nautical Institute  Comments Off on NI Throws Book At Mooring Accidents
Oct 232009

image Death and injury from wayward mooring lines have been highlighted in recent months yet most are avoidable through good practice, maintenance, adequate hazard assessment and common sense. According to International Maritime Organisation secretary general Efthimios Mitropoulos there has been little formal presentation of mooring, a gap that the Nautical Institute seeks to fill with two practical guides.

Says the institute “Mooring accidents cause great concern to those in the maritime industry, both ashore and afloat. Good practice is urgently needed to prevent deaths and injuries, particularly in trades such as dry bulk and containers.”

Continue reading »

NI Book Ready for AIS,Radar Integration

 Nautical Institute  Comments Off on NI Book Ready for AIS,Radar Integration
Jul 172008

From the 1st July 2008, all new radars required mandatory AIS integration to display the two completely separate systems on the same display. To coincide with the new rules the Nautical Institute had launched a new guide, “Radar and AIS”, as the first of its series on integrate bridge systems.

Written by Dr. Andy Norris, Radar and AIS builds on the basic radar theory and target tracking knowledge that seagoing officers already have while looking ahead to new technology radars with provide significantly enhanced performance. The guide argues that mariners will be better equipped with AIS integrated into radar displays, and that AIS has an ever expanding role to play in improving navigational integrity and accuracy. Increasing use of real and virtual aids to navigation will improve the information available to the mariner.

Says ther Nautical Instute: “It is important to stress, however, that in order to take best advantage of such new technology, we need to communicate the shift in culture these new integrated systems bring, and of the importance of managing the change onboard ships effectively. While much effort has gone into ensuring the AIS, radar and chart information is consistent, with uniform symbols and a standard resolution, operators still need guidance and instruction.

The book is to be formally launched on Thursday 24th July at the Inmarsat Building, it will then be sold for £20 from The Nautical Institute, Members of the NI and Royal Institute of Navigation offered a 30% discount, while bulk discounts are also available.

Reporting Confidentially

 Bob Couttie, casualties, maritime accidents, Nautical Institute  Comments Off on Reporting Confidentially
Jul 102007

Not all accidents and close-call incidents get reported even though there are safety lessons worth distributing among other seafarers. Sometimes issue go unreported because people feel they might put their jobs at risk if their identities are revealed. There are two resources worth going to if you want to report a matter of concern (Click on the highlighted words to open the relevant websites):

The Nautical Institute’s MARS ( Maritime Accident Reporting System)

And CHIRP, the Confidential Human factors Incident Reporting Programme

Some national maritime safety authorities, such as the Australian Transport Safety Safety Bureau have similar systems.

You can also email , we’ll keep your details confidential and pass your concerns on to the the appropriate organisation.