Marine safety issues and actions

Risk assessment

Issue number: MO-2013-007-SI-01
Who it affects: All masters owners and operators of ships
Issue owner: Santoku Senpaku
Transport function: Marine: Shipboard operations
Background: Investigation Report 300-MO-2013-007
Issue release date: 09 May 2014
Current issue status: Adequately addressed

Safety issue description

Atlantic Princess’s safety management system provided no guidance relating to actions that should be taken when persons less experienced than a pilot used a pilot ladder to board or disembark the ship.

Proactive Action

Action number: MO-2013-007-NSA-008
Action organisation: Santoku Senpaku
Date: 09 May 2014
Action status: Closed

Santoku Senpaku has issued a fleet circular advising the following;

Target Person: Visitors except for Pilots, Authorities & Agents, but including all people inexperienced in the use of a pilot ladder.

Situation: At the time when above mentioned visitors embarking the vessels at anchorage.

  1. Master requests agents and visitors to use a helicopter for embarkation.
  2. If the helicopter is not available or suitable, the visitors are allowed to come by a boat, however, they are required to use vessels' harness while climbing a pilot ladder for safety purpose and the vessel inform the visitors of this requirement in advance through local agent.
  3. Master instruct crew to stand-by to help the visitors including pilots, authorities and agents while their climbing the pilot ladder.

ATSB comment:

The ATSB considers that the actions taken and proposed by Santoku Senpaku should address this safety issue.

Last update 09 May 2014