Be Alert, Assert For Safety Says NEPIA

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Oct 272010

Assert for safety

Being safe is not just a matter of being alert to hazards but of being assertive when other’s actions put the vessel at risk says the North of England P&I club, NEPIA.

Examples cited in the club’s latest Signals newletter “include a shipper’s surveyor trying to show that a visibly wet bulk cargo is safe to load,’ says the club’s loss-prevention executive Andrew Kirkham. ‘Safety could be compromised and result in a casualty, for which the ship’s officers will ultimately be held responsible’.

According to Kirkham, the art of being confident in such situations is not to be aggressive, confrontational or rude but to be assertive. ‘Being assertive means being reasonable and, if appropriate, willing to compromise – but to do so seafarers must know their rights and keep to the facts.’

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