Patrick, as the port operator, recognises that there is scope to enhance the coordination of information and processes to better manage safety within the port. As part of this enhancement, Patrick, arranged for a safety training workshop to be held on Christmas Island in June 2012 and invited all users of the port who are located on the island, including stevedores and pilots.
Following on from this workshop, Patrick has put in place a procedure to facilitate regular meetings of users for the purpose of identifying and managing as a group safety issues arising from the operation and use of the port. These meetings will include an assessment of the mooring system and the overall risks posed to the port and its operations. Patrick will take all appropriate steps to ensure that the risks associated with mooring are properly assessed in consultation with relevant stakeholders.
The ATSB considers that further action should be taken to address this safety issue.