Marine safety issues and actions

Ship's manuals and procedures for wave compensator

Issue number: MO-2010-004-SI-04
Who it affects: All owners operators and managers of ships equipped with Davit International fast rescue craft
Issue owner: BP Shipping Ltd
Transport function: Marine: Shipboard operations
Background: Investigation Report 275-MO-2010-004
Issue release date: 27 July 2011
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

Action taken by BP

Safety issue description

British Sapphire’s fast rescue boat davit procedures did not provide sufficient guidance for the crew in the operation of the wave compensator

Proactive Action

Action number: MO-2010-004-NSA-022
Action organisation: BP Shipping Ltd
Date: 27 July 2011
Action status: Closed

The ATSB has been advised that BP Shipping’s training DVD and improved signage will deal with this, however, the manufacturers’ procedures that form the basis of our procedures are clear in that the wave compensator button is not to be pressed until the boat is in the water.

Signs attached to the wandering control box will be fitted, reminding staff that the wave compensator button is only to be pressed when the boat is in the water. These signs already exist and were provided by the manufacturer for the wave compensation devices fitted to our Virtue and C Class vessels.

ATSB comment:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action proposed by BP Shipping adequately addresses the safety issue.

Last update 06 March 2014