Marine safety issues and actions

SMS procedures for quick release of hook

Issue number: MO-2011-005-SI-01
Who it affects: All ship owners, operators and managers
Issue owner: Sea Swift, Cairns
Transport function: Marine: Shipboard operations
Background: Investigation Report 286-MO-2011-005
Issue release date: 08 February 2013
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

Sea Swift have reviewed its training and documentation regarding use of the towline quick release arrangements

Safety issue description

Adonis’s safety management system did not contain any procedure or guidance in regard to the use and correct setting of the tug’s towing hook quick release arrangements.

Proactive Action

Action number: MO-2011-005-NSA-009
Action organisation: Sea Swift, Cairns
Date: 08 February 2013
Action status: Closed

The ATSB has been advised by Sea Swift that the company has reviewed all emergency release mechanisms associated with it’s tug and barge operations. This has been conducted in association with a directive issued by Maritime Safety Queensland relating to the safe operation of the tow hook on all Queensland registered tugs, following this casualty. This review resulted in each tug's ‘Safe Work Procedure’ for tow hook operations and emergency release being updated. The tug crews are now required to observe and operate these releases under training and during regular testing in accordance with Sea Swift’s annual drill schedule.

All personnel are required to acknowledge their understanding of and competence in the operation of this release and the tow hooks operation and each entry in the ‘Safe Work Procedure’ is required to be verified by the tug’s master.

Last update 06 March 2014