Marine safety issues and actions

Planned and other maintenance

Issue number: MO-2014-003-SI-01
Who it affects: All persons charged with maintaining equipment
Issue owner: Shih Wei Navigation
Transport function: Marine: Shipboard operations
Background: Investigation Report 308-MO-2014-003
Issue release date: 13 October 2015
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

The ATSB considers that the proactive safety action taken will adequately address this safety issue.

Safety issue description

The poor condition of Royal Pescadores’ anchoring equipment was indicative of inadequate maintenance. The shipboard management team were not aware of the equipment’s maintenance history nor able to provide relevant documents from the ship’s planned maintenance system. 

Proactive Action

Action number: MO-2014-003-NSA-022
Action organisation: Shih Wei Navigation
Date: 13 October 2015
Action status: Closed

The ship’s managers, Shih Wei Navigation, investigated the incident and acknowledged shortcomings in the implementation and completion of shipboard planned maintenance. The ship’s managers attributed these shortcomings to a lack of familiarisation with the ship’s safety management system (SMS), its implementation, and oversight of that by the company.

Shih Wei Navigation advised that it has taken the following safety action:

  • issuing a relevant safety circular to its fleet for discussion at shipboard safety meetings
  • requiring shipmasters to place greater emphasis on crew familiarisation with the SMS
  • requiring company superintendents to focus on completion of planned maintenance.
Last update 13 October 2015