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Third party inspection of lashing equipment

Issue number: MO-2009-002-SI-02
Who it affects: All regulators surveyors and inspectors
Issue owner: Flag and coastal states
Operation affected: Marine: Shore-based operations
Background: Investigation Report 263-MO-2009-002
Date: 27 January 2011

Safety issue description

At the time of the incident, there was no requirement for any third party to inspect or survey the fixed and loose lashing equipment on a ship. Had this been done, the maintenance and replacement regime of such equipment on board Pacific Adventurer might have been more effective.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)
Action number: MO-2009-002-NSA-032
Date: 27 January 2011
Action status: Closed

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has advised the ATSB that, while Port State Control procedures cover the Cargo Securing Manual and the verification of its use on board, AMSA also implemented its own specific cargo securing inspection regime.

Since March 2009, AMSA has conducted in excess of 300 cargo securing inspections. In addition to the above, AMSA conducted a focused inspection campaign on cargo securing arrangements from February to May 2010. Finally, AMSA continues to provide their marine surveyors with specialised dangerous goods and IMDG Code training and has extended surveyor training to cover the issue of cargo securing.

ATSB response:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority adequately addresses this safety issue.

Safety Advisory Notice

Action organisation: Flag and coastal states
Action number: MO-2009-002-SAN-029
Date: 27 January 2011
Action status: Closed

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau advises that coastal States, flag States and classification societies should consider the safety implications of this safety issue and take action where considered appropriate.

ATSB response:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority adequately addresses this safety issue.
   
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

AMSA has implemented its own inspection regime and continues to train their surveyors appropriately

 
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Last update 06 March 2014