Marine safety issues and actions

Communication of requirements for manropes

Issue number: MO-2013-008-SI-04
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 did not require pilots to inform launch crews whether manropes would or would not be deployed in advance of the transfer.

Proactive Action

Action number: MO-2013-008-NSA-014
Action organisation: Australian Reef Pilots
Date: 20 March 2014
Action status: Closed

Australian Reef Pilots advised the ATSB that it has modified its written procedures and commenced a training program to ‘ensure that pilots communicate via VHF radio to the pilot launch crew prior to disembarkation, notifying them whether manropes will or will not be deployed.’

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