Marine safety issues and actions

Passage planning

Issue number: MO-2014-006-SI-02
Who it affects: All persons responsible for navigation
Issue owner: Brisbane Marine Pilots
Transport function: Marine: Shipboard operations
Background: Investigation Report 311-MO-2014-006
Issue release date: 30 July 2015
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

Proactive safety action taken.

Safety issue description

Brisbane Marine Pilots’ standard passage plan and master-pilot exchange did not ensure that a ship’s bridge team is provided adequate information with respect to local traffic and areas where attention must be paid to other vessels, including small craft.

Proactive Action

Action number: MO-2014-006-NSA-018
Action organisation: Brisbane Marine Pilots
Date: 30 July 2015
Action status: Closed

Brisbane Marine Pilots (BMP) advised the ATSB that its standard passage plan has been amended to clarify that the officer of the watch (OOW) is responsible for ensuring that a good lookout by sight and radar is maintained. In addition, BMP will place greater emphasis on bridge team engagement and communicating small craft interaction risks on a case by case basis through the master-pilot-bridge team exchange processes. The company’s training and development team will maintain focus on this aspect through its check pilot system.

The company has decided to review and amend its pre-arrival information for masters to emphasise the small vessel interaction risk. In progressing this review, BMP has contacted representatives from the commercial fishing industry to identify seasonal increases in activity. Publicly available information for recreational boat owners will also be considered for inclusion in the pre-arrival information. The review was scheduled for completion by 31 July 2015.

Last update 14 August 2015