Marine safety issues and actions

Guidance for masters of ships berthed at the inner moorings

Issue number: MO-2012-001-SI-04
Who it affects: Ships berthed at the inner moorings at Christmas Island
Issue owner: Patrick
Transport function: Marine: Shore-based operations
Background: Investigation Report 292-MO-2012-001
Issue release date: 23 May 2013
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

The issuing of a handbook to all masters should be an effective mechanism for ensuring they are aware of the port operator’s requirements.

Safety issue description

While the pilot provided limited advice to masters of ships visiting Christmas Island, the port operator did not provide the master of ships intending to berth using the buoys in Flying Fish Cove with any written or verbal guidance regarding berthing and unberthing arrangements and emergency contingencies.

Proactive Action

Action number: MO-2012-001-NSA-004
Action organisation: Christmas Island Port
Date: 23 May 2013
Action status: Closed

Patrick, as port operator, is in the process of enhancing the information made available to the pilot by preparing a Port Handbook. The handbook will be provided to the pilot to distribute to the master of each ship.

The draft version of the handbook will be provided to port users, including the stevedores and pilot, for review by the end of March 2013.

ATSB comment:

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

Last update 13 February 2014