Marine safety issues and actions

Cargo securing procedures

Issue number: MO-2015-005-SI-02
Who it affects: All owners and operators of offshore support vessels
Issue owner: DOF Management, Norway
Transport function: Marine: Shipboard operations
Background: Investigation Report 322-MO-2015-005
Issue release date: 23 November 2016
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

The revised procedures and risk assessments for cargo handling and securing, and the additional safety action taken has adequately addressed the safety issue.

Safety issue description

Skandi Pacific’s safety management system (SMS) procedures for cargo securing were inadequate. There was no guidance for methods of securing cargo in adverse weather conditions.

Proactive Action

Action number: MO-2015-005-NSA-002
Action organisation: DOF Management
Date: 23 November 2016
Action status: Closed

Following the accident, DOF management submitted a ‘safety flash’ to the offshore industry organisation, International Marine Contractors Association. The safety flash summarised key safety matters and the accident, allowing wider dissemination of lessons learned to the industry. The company also undertook to review and update the cargo securing procedure and risk assessment to include the requirement for a lashing plan and load sequence planning with rig prior to entry of 500 m zone.

Subsequently, DOF Management advised the ATSB that its existing cargo loading procedure and risk assessment had been revised to include further clarification surrounding cargo lashing and hazards of shifting cargo. The revised procedure contains trigger points for assessing further operation when there is:

  • water on deck over the stern
  • an unexpected deterioration in weather
  • an unfavourable change of the vessel position/heading.

Additionally, when offloading and backloading cargo alongside offshore installations, the risk assessment for securing cargo is to be reviewed and updated to ensure all hazards of shifting cargo are identified and addressed.

Further, a simultaneous operations (SIMOPS) procedure for combined rig and vessel cargo loading operations has been developed and implemented. The SIMOPS procedure is in addition to the procedures for working in adverse weather and cargo loading.

Last update 23 November 2016