Marine safety issues and actions

BP Shipping compliance auditing

Issue number: MO-2011-011-SI-03
Who it affects: BP Shipping and all ship’s crew members
Issue owner: BP Shipping Ltd
Transport function: Marine: Shipboard operations
Background: Investigation Report 291-MO-2011-011
Issue release date: 07 March 2013
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

Minor safety issue for which the company reviewed its operations, altered how it handled the containers and then conducted fleetwide training.

Safety issue description

Compliance auditing on board British Beech had not identified that requirements of the job hazard analysis were not being followed by the crew during the storing operations.

Proactive Action

Action number: MO-2011-011-NSA-016
Action organisation: BP Shipping Ltd
Date: 07 March 2013
Action status: Closed

Following the incident, BP Shipping took immediate steps to review and amend its lifting procedures, including the following:

(a) The prompt implementation of a procedure mandating fixed point attachments above the centre of gravity, or the use of cargo nets, for all ship storing and other lifting operations involving storage bins, crates or other types of containers.

(b) A thorough review of lifting and slinging processes, practices, procedures and equipment.

(c) A full review of lifting JHA within a revised BP Shipping Control of Work including a new lifting permit system requiring a drawing detailing the attachment points and slinging arrangements.

(d) A fleet wide "safety stand down" review and training workshop for lifting and slinging arrangements was completed on all company vessels.

ATSB comment:

ATSB is satisfied that the actions taken will address this issue.

Last update 13 February 2014