Marine safety issues and actions

Communication of readiness for pilot disembarkation

Issue number: MO-2013-008-SI-02
Who it affects: Pilotage companies
Issue owner: Australian Reef Pilots
Transport function: Marine: Shipboard operations
Background: Investigation Report 301-MO-2013-008
Issue release date: 20 March 2014
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

The ATSB is satisfied that the actions taken by Australian Reef Pilots since the incident satisfactorily address the safety issue.

Safety issue description

The pilotage company’s procedures for positive communication of readiness between the pilot and the launch crew were adequate. However, it was common for employees to vary these communication protocols, leaving perceptions of readiness open to error and misinterpretation.

Proactive Action

Action number: MO-2013-008-NSA-013
Action organisation: Australian Reef Pilots
Date: 20 March 2014
Action status: Closed

Australian Reef Pilots advised the ATSB that it has commenced a training program to ‘ensure that both pilots and boat crew follow our documented communication protocols prior to pilots disembarking by pilot ladders.’

ATSB comment:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by Australian Reef Pilots will adequately address this safety issue.

Last update 20 June 2014