Marine safety issues and actions

Use of a deck party to assist with the pilot transfer

Issue number: MO-2013-008-SI-03
Who it affects: Owners and operators of ships employing coastal pilots.
Issue owner: Dorval Ship Management
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 Dorval Ship Management since the incident satisfactorily address the safety issue.

Safety issue description

The ship’s pilot transfer procedures did not specify a requirement for additional crew members to assist the supervising officer. As a result, the supervising officer was actively involved in deploying the pilot ladder and manropes, and transferring the pilot’s belongings to the launch, and could not focus his efforts on properly checking the arrangements and supervising the transfer.

Proactive Action

Action number: MO-2013-008-NSA-016
Action organisation: Dorval Ship Management
Date: 20 March 2014
Action status: Closed

Dorval Ship Management advised the ATSB that in response to this incident, it has revised its navigation manual procedures for the conduct of pilot transfers to include the mandatory use of a deck party consisting of a supervising officer and at least one other crew member for all transfers, day or night, as follows:

There shall always be one (1) seaman (deck rating) at stand-by to assist the OOW during pilot boarding / disembarkation.

Additionally, Dorval Ship Management has incorporated a requirement specifically for the assurance of the correct deployment of the pilot ladder and manropes into its navigation manual procedures, as follows:

The OOW and deck rating must always ensure that manropes are not partially coiled on deck immediately before pilot's boarding / disembarkation and shall confirm by pulling that they are made well tight and secure.

ATSB comment:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by Dorval Ship Management will adequately address this safety issue.

Last update 20 June 2014