Marine safety issues and actions

On board maintenance of wave compensator

Issue number: MO-2010-004-SI-08
Who it affects: All owners operators and managers of ships equipped with fast rescue craft
Issue owner: BP Shipping Ltd
Operation affected: Marine: Shipboard operations
Background: Investigation Report 275-MO-2010-004
Date: 27 July 2011

Safety issue description

The planned maintenance system on board British Sapphire did not include a specific requirement to maintain or test the wave compensator or its safety interlock on the fast rescue boat davit. As a result, the crew had not identified the issue with the wave compensator safety interlock during periodic maintenance.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: BP Shipping Ltd
Action number: MO-2010-004-NSA-020
Date: 27 July 2011
Action status: Closed
The ATSB has been advised that BP Shipping has developed a vessel specific job description for those vessels with rescue boats fitted with wave compensation. This description has been included within and managed by the vessels’ Computerised Maintenance Management System (CMMS).

ATSB response:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by BP Shipping adequately addresses the safety issue
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

Action taken by BP

Last update 06 March 2014