If You Want Safe Seafaring, Don’t Keep It Secret. Just CHIRP

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Jan 232016

So what do you do when you experience an incident that was very nearly an accident? Or a dangerous situation, an accident in waiting, that you think you can do nothing about? Do you curse, shrug and forget because you think nothing can be done? Or your job might be at risk if you make a fuss about it? There is a way to solve that problem – it’s called CHIRP, the Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme.

CHIRP has released a video, made by Maritime Films UK, about how it works and how it can help you keep yourself safe, without compromising your job, with examples of success stories. Click “Continue reading” below to watch the video.

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Jan 102016

Perhaps the most important part if the viral video of the Carnival Ecstasy tragedy in which an electrician was crushed to death in an elevator is not the sheet of blood running down the elevator doors but the final image of the barriers in place outside the elevator doors. That is the image that should be burned into our memories because had the elevator been isolated and inoperable then 66-year old Italian crewmember Jose Sandoval Opazo may not have died in such horrific circumstances.

Investigations are underway which will certainly examine onboard procedures for elevator maintenance, the vessel’s SMS, the design of the elevators and why the elevator was not isolated in such a way as to prevent its mechanism being energised accidentally or deliberately. It is, however, just the latest tragedy of its kind in both the maritime and offshore industries. Continue reading »

Singapore Urges Near-Miss Reporting

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Apr 032015

Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority, MPA, is asking for near-misses to be reported under a confidential reporting scheme. A form is available from the MPSA’s website. As with similar schemes the MPS assures reporters that their identity will remain confidential and that information provided will not be used for prosecution or litigation.

Near-miss reports can enable safety problems to be identified before they cause an accident. It has been estimated that for each accident there are some 100 near-misses. Those near-misses can also be symptomatic of wider safety problems: Many accident reports include a range of safety concerns unconnected with the incident itself. Continue reading »

Publication of Note: CHIRP MFB38

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Mar 312015

As always CHIRP’s latest Maritime Feedback, provides a rich crop of incidents, hazardous conditions and poor practice that haven’t yet caused a accident but which could if left unreported and unresolved. Over the years MAC has become well aware that major accidents are often long preceded by small, unreported events and conditions that no-one thought very important, often a symptom of larger safety issues.

MAC does have to declare an interest – he is on of 15 Ambassadors for the CHIRP/NI MARS Joint reporting programme despite the risk that reporting appropriate cases to CHIRP may reduce the number of accidents we have to report.

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Mar 162015

MAC has previously posted on the issue of weighted monkeyfists but as the Facebook page of the Maritime Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme, CHIRP, shows, the problem is no going away. Indeed, the photo reproduced here courtesy Robert Wilkinson, indicates that the word isn’t getting through – two of them come from the same vessel even after a complaint was made.

The knot is intended to give mass to the end of a line to improve both reach and accuracy when throwing a line. Getting hit by lumps of metal wrapped in a monkeyfist is dangerous, and Britannia P&I Club and West of England P&I Club have issued warnings following incidents, including ones resulting in injuries. Continue reading »

Publication of Note: Safety Regulations Written in Blood

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Nov 032014

ChirpReading through hundreds of accident reports over the years MAC notices a common thread: Major accidents are often preceded by a number of close-calls or near misses, unsafe practices and conditions, and unreported incidents that may not be directly related to the accident itself but which reveal many of the conditions that led to it.

In this opinion piece, reproduced from Maritime Executive with permission, from CHIRP/MARS Ambassador Captain Özgür Özdelice, he explains why such ‘unimportant incident should be reported and, just as important, why, and what made him sign up as a CHIRP/ NI MARS Ambassador.

SAFETY FIRST! For sure everyone on board will be very familiar these two words. We see this message stenciled onto the superstructure of many ships, but is it just a slogan or does it have real meaning?

Far too often we can see on board, from the senior officer to the junior deck rating, they do not pay particular special attention to safety. This is despite the clear messages in the ship’s Safety Management System and company circular letters. Too often we read formal incident reports that this prescriptive safety advice and recommended standard practice are not supported by the actions of the shipping company shore based staff. Managers and superintendents do not demonstrate SAFETY FIRST and therefore MONEY FIRST should replace the painted slogan.

Why is it that not a single day passes without an incident in the shipping sector? It is easy to sit back and do nothing, but when The Nautical Institute and CHIRP asked for volunteers to encourage their new initiative on incident and near miss reporting, I signed up.

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Chirp To Get The Safety Chop

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Dec 102010

Has Chirp had its chips?

Support for one of the best known confidential accident and close call reporting schemes, the Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme, CHIRP, is to be cut by the UK’s Department for Transport. The department will depend upon the private sector and leave the UK without such a scheme.

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