In a recent accident investigation, it has been found out that merchant seamen are usually injured during mooring and towing operations. Safety is now being addressed by Maritime Progress.
“A clear plan of operation and good communications between the tug and tow, prior to operations commencing, will reduce much of the risk. Ship managers need to ensure their crews are fully briefed to ensure the successful performance of the operation and that all safety issues have been highlighted,” the UK-based Maritime Progress said in a release.
In co-operation with Svitzer Towage Ltd, Maritime Progress Marine Technical Manager, Captain Andy Goldsmith and technical artist Captain Louis Roskell spent some time at Felixstowe witnessing harbour towage operations first hand from the tug perspective.
Subsequently, Maritime Progress completed a review and upgrade to their ISM Code Safety Training Poster. The illustrated poster entitled “Towing – Recommended procedures for safe towing operations”, utilises bullet points to sequentially move through the towing operation and lists the actions required both on board the tug and the ship.
This provides an insight for crew into the operations onboard both the towing and towed vessel. The poster serves as a useful permanent reminder and reference document for discussion between crew members prior to towing operations taking place.
Safety should always accompany each activity and one must not forget the lessons learned from their maritime training days.
Source: World Maritime News