When visiting Members' ships, the Club's ship inspectors often observe good practices and initiatives that may be adopted on other ships.


Crew access to training manuals

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During ship visits the Club inspectors always look for the SOLAS training manuals that are supposed to be prominently displayed in public rooms, such as the officers TV room and Crew TV room. Sometimes these manuals are found stowed away in draws, cupboards or under a pile of newspapers/magazines.

The images show how the problem is solved on one entered ship. A perspex document rack is fixed to the bulkhead for the purpose of stowing training manuals. This also creates a good impression with Port State Control Officers and ISM surveyors.

Scupper Filter

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Scupper plugs are inserted during bunkering and some cargo operations. When removed, any water on deck can drain away - including any oily water. Oily water can easily be present on deck when, for example, plugs are removed from savealls during bunkering operations to drain rain water, in the event that it rains during bunker operations, or when loading/discharging dirty dry bulk cargoes.

The crew on one ship entered in the Association have devised and built a filter for fitting over each scupper. When the scupper plugs are removed, water can drain away from the decks only after passing through the filter. Click on an image to enlarge.


Wetting the ashtrays

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Recent advertisements in the UK and USA claim that fires from cigarettes cause more deaths than any other kind of fire, and this risk also exists on ships.

The crew on one ship entered with the Club have taken preventative measures by ensuring that all ashtrays in communal areas on board are filled with a small amount of water. This initiative increases the likelihood of cigarettes being properly extinguished when put out in ashtrays. Click on an image to enlarge.


Gagging the sounding pipe

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The Club's Good/Bad Practice Poster No.12 explained the dangers of forcing sounding pipes to remain in the open position. Taking note, the crew of one ship put notices by engine room sounding pipes to ensure this practice does not occur on board. Click on an image to enlarge.


Stowaway Security

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The two images below show access to a discrete area on board a ship. At least one person could stowaway in the space using this access point, and could easily be missed in a stowaway search. The second of the two images shows a bar put in place by the crew to restrict the size of the opening and prevent access.

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Reefer Cables

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The first image below shows how reefer cables have been rigged on one ship: dangerously hung on the securing lugs of a series of doors, including emergency exits. The second image below show how the cables should be neatly coiled and stowed. Click on an image to enlarge.


Testing and repairing of twistlocks

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The crew on board this ship have created a simple repair and checking / testing area for twistlocks, at the after end of the main deck by welding a clamp and corner casting to the bulwark.

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Use of old pilot ladders

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The crew on board this ship used the steps of an old pilot ladder to create a non-slip working deck area in front of machinery in the workshop.

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Non-slip elevated walkways

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Crew must ensure elevated walkways are made safe as a slip from one is likely to result in severe injuries when compared with a slip on deck.

The image shows how on a Member ship the crew fitted a non-slip fibreglass mesh to the decks for their own safety. Click on the image to enlarge.


Numbering the ship's frames

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The crew of this ship have marked the frame number on the scupper plates every five frame spaces. This is a good initiative which may prove valuable in saving time in identifying any damaged areas in the event of an incident. Click on the image to enlarge.


Initiative to manage the accommodation ladder

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This device was constructed by the crew of a Member's ship, to prevent the accommodation ladder from swinging and bashing against the side of the ship.

The device is fitted to the accommodation ladder and is jacked to hold the ladder away from the ship's side. Wheels allow the jack to roll with the motion of the ship. Click on an image to enlarge.


VHF Signal Booster (Steering Flat)

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The officers on this Member ship decided it would be prudent to install a VHF radio signal booster in the steering flat of the ship so that handheld VHF units can effectively be used in the space in the event of an emergency where emergency steering is required.

Although it is a requirement for ships to have a phone in the steering flat for this purpose, it is common practice for handheld radios to be used by various parties for communication in an emergency. Click on the image to enlarge.




Container Lashing Rods

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Container lashing rods cause considerable damage to the ships main deck paintwork when they are dropped from some height by stevedores. Some ships have fitted old rubber matting on the deck area between the container bays. This ship has stowage positions for the rods and clear instructions are fitted at the top of the gangway for the benefit of the stevedores.

Ships staff advised that the system was surprisingly working well. The images below show the instructions to stevedores, and a photo of the rods in their stowage position. Click on an image to enlarge.


Lifebuoys with line

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At least one lifebuoy on each side of the ship shall be fitted with a buoyant lifeline, and these lines are often found tightly coiled and bound. How long would it take to unsecure the coils of line in order to deploy the lifebuoy?

The image shows how on this Member ship the crew have constructed a box secured next to each lifebuoy with a line, for the line to be faked into. This is a very good initiative which allows the lifebuoy to be deployed immediately after unhooking and opening the lid of the box. Click on the image to enlarge.


Bridge Wing - Non-Slip Matting

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Club Ship Inspectors often find ships with bare-steel bridge wing decks, which can be very slippy when wet. Some ships lay a rubber matting but this tends to accumulate water. This ship has fitted rubber matting with holes that allow drainage of any water and allow for a non-slip deck. Often new ships are fitted with similar matting, but once it becomes worn, company superintendents can be reluctant to replace it. This may be a false economy if the matting is effective at reducing the number of slips and falls. Click on the image to enlarge.


Saveall Cover During Cargo Operations

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Whenever a bulk carrier is discharging her cargo, due to a combination of the shore grabs not closing correctly, wind, or just plain carelessness on behalf of the crane driver, the ship's decks and savealls usually get covered in the cargo resulting in hours of crew cleaning. This Member ship uses two pieces of hardboard cut to fit to cover the saveall and keep the cargo out! No bunker transfers should be taking place with the covers on and the oil tanks should not be so full that heating would cause a spill. Covers should be used during cargo operations only and at no other time.


Manifold Safety Cover - Chem Cargoes

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The horseshoe shaped stainless steel piece of apparatus as seen in these images was constructed in the ship's own workshop, and are a requirement in some Dutch ports. This ship, however, had a company policy to use them in all ports and for all cargoes.

This device fits over the manifold connection of a tanker to prevent spraying of the chemical cargo in the event of a pressure surge and subsequent failure of the gasket between the hose and manifold reducer. Click on an image to enlarge.


Hurricane Chart

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This hurricane tracking chart was spotted on the bridge of an entered ship during a Club ship inspection. The ship sails regularly through the Gulf of Mexico on a liner service where hurricanes can be expected. This is a useful tool for any ship trading or working frequently in areas vulnerable to hurricanes as magnetic strips can be positioned on the chart to indicate the location of hurricanes in the area.

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Security Seal

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ISPS requires that certain spaces are registered as Restricted, which does not mean that they are off limits to all personnel. Restricted means that the area is verifiably secure and so paper seals and plastic seals, which can be seen to be secure without restricting access in the case of an emergency and which identify if they have been tampered with, are perfectly acceptable. In the interest of safety, access should not be padlocked unless specifically required to be. Click on the image to enlarge.


Log Board

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A Club Inspector noticed on the bridge of this ship a white board listing key activities for arriving/departing port as well as cargo operations. A column is left blank for the watch officer to enter the relevant times. This is a very good idea that makes visible key information that may be hidden amongst all other entries in the official logbook. This may also be useful where charterers logs require specific information. Click on the image to enlarge.


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