The subject vessel was berthed on a NNE heading, port side to an exposed quay for cargo discharge operations. In the early morning, the wind was observed to increase in strength from the NW. The Master ordered the crew to deploy additional mooring ropes, with the final arrangement reported to be 4 head/stern lines, 2 breast lines and 2 spring lines forward and aft.
Whilst the vessel was at anchor waiting to berth, one of the engine room fitters was instructed by the Chief Engineer to fabricate a set of locking pins for the anchor cable stoppers. It was planned that the work would take place in the engine room workshop and involve the use of an angle grinder for which the fitter had the choice of an electrical or pneumatically powered tool.
IMO’s MEPC 71 has revised the implementation schedule for the installation of a BWM system under BWMC 2004Vessels constructed on or after 8th September 2017 should have a BWM system installed on deliveryVessels with completed IOPP renewal surveys between 8th September 2014 and 7th September 2017 should have a BWM system installed by the first IOPP renewal survey on or after 8th September 2017All other existing vessels should have a BWM system installed by the second IOPP renewal survey after 8th September 2017Vessels not required to have an IOPP certificate should have a BWM system installed by 8th September 2024All Clubs in the International Group have issued similar circulars