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Tug masters participation

Issue number: MO-2010-008-SI-05
Who it affects: All pilotage organisations
Issue owner: Flinders Ports
Operation affected: Marine: Shore-based operations
Background: Investigation Report 279-MO-2010-008
Date: 13 September 2012

Safety issue description

The participation of the two tug masters in the pilotage process was not actively encouraged in Port Lincoln. Consequently, it was not until after the collision that one of the tug masters advised the pilot that the ship's main engine was still running ahead.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Flinders Ports
Action number: MO-2010-008-NSA-045
Date: 13 September 2012
Action status: Closed

The ATSB has been advised by Flinders Ports that, as part of the bridge resource management processes in all Flinders Ports’ ports, the following takes place:

• Regular tug master and pilot meetings are conducted.

• BRM and Advanced BRM training for pilots.

• Tug masters are also familiarised with the pilot passage plan and are encouraged to engage with the pilot at all times regarding speed, approach and any safety issues that can be seen from the tug.

ATSB response:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by Flinders Ports adequately addresses this safety issue.

Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

Tug masters are better aware of the passage plan and now encouraged to engage with the pilot more.

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Last update 06 March 2014