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Marine Risk Management and Assessment

19/03/2021

For the next part of our ongoing series highlighting the many benefits of employing Sydney Prestige Yachting to manage your vessel, I will discuss the vital importance of risk assessment and  the implementation of effective marine risk management.

When operating any vessel, as discussed, our first concern is always safety. As commercial operators, we have extensive experience with creating unique and specific operating manuals for our commercial vessels as part of our legal requirements. We take this level of preparedness to all  the vessels in our care, whether in commercial survey or recreational private vessels. Whenever a  boat slips her mooring lines, there are a number of areas we as professional seamen need to be  aware of in terms of potential danger. By constantly examining the ways in which injury or damage  can arise, we can create a plan to actively prevent it.

Below is just an example of our starting template for all vessels, as we spend more time onboard, this basic outline becomes a detailed document that is tailored to YOUR vessel, with specific  operating guides for all areas.

General vessel operation risks and controls (preliminary)

  1. Main Engine failure.

Control;

  • Engine services as per planned maintenance and manufacturer’s specifications pre start checks.
  1. Fire

Control;

  • Crew induction including smoking policy.
  • Fire drills.
  • Correct storage of flammable goods.
  • Correct re fuelling precautions.
  • Maintain and test fire detection and smothering systems.
  • Maintain and test fuel and ventilation shut down system.
  • Engine space maintenance and housekeeping.
  1. Boarding vessel slips, trips, falls, crushing, overboard

Control;

  • Use guidelines provided in the section “Guest boarding procedure”.
  • Wear PFD (if non swimmer and or dangerous conditions determined by captain) Boarding in appropriate weather conditions.
  1. Medical emergency/personal injury

Control;

  • Crew induction.
  • Medical emergency drills.
  • Qualified first aid crew.
  • Maintain first aid kit and supplies.
  • Comms equipment VHF and mobile.
  1. Man overboard

Control;

  • Crew induction.
  • Drills.
  • Engine immobiliser/“dead man switch” (in tender).
  • Recovery at transoms.
  • Wear life jacket when carrying out work in tender.
  1. Grounding

Control;

  • Crew induction.
  • Grounding drills.
  • Qualified master on watch.
  • watch keeper training.
  • Fatigue management.
  • Regular performance checks of navigation equipment.
  • Current charts and navigation publications.
  • Local knowledge.
  1. Vessel flooding

Control;

  • Crew induction and training drills.
  • Maintenance of systems.
  • Regular checks of bilge systems, pumps and alarms.
  • Correct stowage of deck gear, and bilge lines.
  1. Collision

Control;

  • Crew induction and emergency procedures.
  • Qualified master on watch.
  • watch keeper training.
  • Fatigue management.
  • Crew induction and training.
  • Regular checks of navigation equipment.
  • Regular checks of navigation lights.
  • General deck duties.
  • Slippery unstable surfaces, Loose lines leading to entanglement, loose fishing gear leading to hook  wounds.

Control;

  • Crew induction including on deck safety procedures.
  • Correct storage of loose lines.
  • correct holding of fender lines.
  • Correct and timely storage of fishing rods.
  1. Exposure to different weather conditions (sun, heat, cold, rain)

Control;

  • Crew induction and training.
  • crew using appropriate PPE.
  1. Crush injuries, entanglement, gear failure, loss of vessel stability

Control;

  • Crew induction.
  • Appropriate trained/licensed operators.
  • use appropriate lifting equipment.
  • Maintenance of lifting equipment i.e. hydraulic pump and line inspections.
  • emergency stops on tender lift.
  • Not exceed SWL.
  • Do not exceed vessel stability criteria.
  • Safety zones around windlass.
  • PPE.
  • tender launching procedure as outlined in SMS to be followed.
  1. Unguarded moving parts

Control;

  • Crew induction on safe use of windlass.
  • Crew induction of safe use of engine space when engine running.
  • Ensure guards fitted where possible.
  • No loose clothing.
  • Tie back loose hair.
  • PPE.
  • Tender Duties.
  • Launching and retrieving tender from vessel, crush injuries, slippery surface.

Control;

  • Crew induction and training on cradle operation.
  • Correct application of launching procedure as outlined in SMS.
  • Secure vessel painter prior to launching.
  • Good communication (closed loop) between lift operator and captain.
  1. Launching and retrieving tender from beach/shore. Slippery uneven surfaces, sharp surfaces,  unknown water depth

Control;

  • Correct footwear.
  • Wear PFD.
  • Use painter.
  • Good communication (closed Loop).
  1. Operating the tender as single person. Unreported MOB or medical emergencies, working in  isolation from others

Control;

  • Wear PFD.
  • Crew training and induction.
  • Wear engine immobiliser cord.
  • Regular contact with Mon Reve via VHF calls or mobile.

As we work onboard and move through our detailed and comprehensive marine risk management plan we will  cover all areas of your vessel from bow to stern, mast head to keel. While we do this we take detailed notes of all systems, hardware and fittings. We note this not only in our onboard  maintenance log but we also develop our risk assessment documents constantly. By combining this document with regular drills onboard we can pro-actively reduce the risk of injury or accident  when you are enjoying your day on the water. Call us on +61 432 550 989 to employ our marine risk management services.