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


Foot Operated Deadweight - E/R Sounding Pipes

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The member of this ship has installed a system designed to combat a problem frequently seen by the Club's inspectors (for further ideas covering the same topic click here) and featured in the UK Club's Good & Bad Practice poster 16 (463kb pdf). In many cases the self-closing devices on the engine room sounding pipes are found to be lashed or even missing.


Stowage Tubes on Deck

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The ship above carries its own stainless steel flexible hoses, which are very expensive, in stowage tubes on deck. This is a good idea because it assists against factors such as:-

Damage protection - The expensive stainless steel flexible hoses can be correctly stowed without any kinks and ship's staff cannot walk on the pipes, therefore reducing damage.

Weather protection - In cold climates there's less chance of the stainless flexible hoses from freezing, hence easier handling by ship's staff and quicker connections to shore facilities.


Dayglow paint for safety

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Although not frequent, accidents on the gangway happen often, and certainly nearly always result in serious injuries. All steps and ladders (particularly those on external decks) should be looked at with a safety conscious pair of eyes. Any effort to prevent slips, trips and falls is well worth it.

The standard initiative is to apply high-visibility orange paint to the leading edge of all steps, and the whole area of top and bottom platforms. The crew of one entered ship have used a green 'dayglow' paint, which is very effective. The images below show just how visible this paint is.
Click on an image to enlarge.


High Visibility Fire Hose

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The photograph above shows a high visibility fire hose being used in the engine room of a UK P&I Club ship. This would prove invaluable in an emergency situation where restricted visibility is a factor, such as a fire.


Foot Operated Push Pad

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The Club's ship inspectors often report that spring loaded, self closing devices on the engine room sett/serv tanks are found to be lashed or clamped open (ref Good & Bad Practice poster 16, 463kb pdf). On one of our Members' ships the above system is in place. Here, to check the level of the oil in the settling tanks, the seafarer uses his foot to operate a swivelled push pad (coloured green in the above photo). When the foot operated "push pad" is released the spring loaded valve to the tank closes and the push pad returns to the closed position.

(for further ideas covering the same topic click here.


Master's Whereabouts

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The photograph above shows a notice posted on the master's cabin door which informs the crew where the master can be located. This is obviously useful for everyday functions and queries but may also prove invaluable in an emergency situation.


Complacency on the mooring deck

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When a mooring line parts or the roller flies off the top of a pedestal fairlead they have a tendency to hit a seamen in the vicinity, and the injuries are nearly always fatal. The attached image shows how on one ship entered with the Club, a safety slogan was stencilled on a bulkhead at the mooring station to remind crew of the dangers. See also a proposed MCA Marine Guidance Note and mooring practice posters available free from the MCA. Click the image to enlarge.


Damage control information

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An emergency situation on board is likely to see a team huddled around an emergency plan. The photos below show how one ship entered with the Club had a roller installed on the bridge with several pull-down charts fixed into it. Click on an image to enlarge.


Smoking policy - free matches

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It is normal to find strict smoking policies on tankers and other types of ships. The operator of one UK Club ship supplies its tankers with free safety matches, to be used in designated smoking rooms only. The matchboxes are large and too big for crew pockets, so they shouldn't be accidentally taken on deck or in the engine room. Butane cigarette lighters are banned on board and the only matches allowed are those supplied by the company, to be used in smoking areas only. Click the image to enlarge.


Safety-wear matrix

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The images below illustrate a matrix displayed on each deck of a Member ship. The easy to use matrix lists various operations and areas on board, in the first column, and various items of PPE across the first row. The matrix is split into two columns which clearly illustrate what PPE must be worn for the various operations or areas on board, with other items listed as 'as required' in another column. Click on an image to enlarge.


Readiness of the Aldis lamp

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It was observed on a Member's ship that the Aldis lamp is always available for immediate use on the bridge. The lamp, battery, and battery charger were contained within a wooden bracket in a corner on the deck of the bridge, by a socket.

The advantages of this are very obvious compared with a bridge where the lamp is stowed away in locker with other kit. Click the image to enlarge.


Quick-Release Safety Shoes

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It was noticed on one ship entered with the Club that the crew on board were issued with safety shoes incorporating a very cunning safety device. The shoes have a quick-release pin that allows the lacing to be quickly detached in the event that the shoe has to be removed in an emergency. Click on an image to enlarge.


Smoking Signage

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The image illustrates signage addressing smokers and non-smokers, as seen on an entered ship during a ship inspection. The notice warns crew of the exposure to the risks of passive smoking when in designated smoking areas. Click on the image to enlarge.


Preventing the blockage of hatch drains

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The image shows a device fabricated by crew on board a bulk carrier for putting into hatch drain holes during cargo operations. The purpose of the device, which is very effective, is used to prevent cargo pieces and particles from blocking the drains. Click on the image to enlarge.


Flashlight stowage

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A Club ship inspector recently found on one ship, on either side of the bridge, purpose-built stowage slots for flashlights. Having proper stowage positions for flashlights means that members of the bridge team can easily and quickly locate the torches in darkness. In this example, each slot contains a glow in the dark ring to aid location. Click on an image to enlarge.


Access hatch lid damper

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A chief engineer suffered injury when an access hatch lid dropped on his toes. The lid dropped suddenly when a sling parted. Since the incident, a piston-type damper (shock absorber) has been fitted to the hatch lid to ensure that it always closes at a slow and controlled rate. Various images below illustrate the damper which will prevent sudden closures of the hatch lid and possible personal injury incidents. Click on an image to enlarge.


Non-slip stair treads

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When steps are wet or icy there is a risk of ships staff loosing their footing and receiving a back injury. The crew of this UK Club ship have affixed strips of non-slip tread on all steps around the accommodation block to prevent slips and falls. The steps could further be improved by highlighting the top and bottom steps a different colour from other steps and decks. Click on the image to enlarge.


Chain mail gloves for cutting in the galley

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The images show a cook wearing chain mail gloves in the galley. The gloves, which are easy to clean in hot soapy water, are a good idea particularly when cutting meat. Mail is used ashore for protection by butchers (against meat-packing equipment), scuba divers (against shark teeth) and animal control officers (against animal teeth). The British police use mail gloves for dealing with knife-armed aggressors. Modern re-enactors of medieval battles and living history also use mail. Click on an image to enlarge.


Emergency escape set in the elevator

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Emergency Escape Breathing Devices are to be placed around the ship to aid escape from a smoke-filled environment. The Club's ship inspectors rarely see a set placed in a ship's elevator, unlike in this example where there was also a torch. Click on the image to enlarge.


Cigarette Lighters on board

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Intrinsically safe lighters have been installed at approved smoking locations on board one fleet following the ISGOTT requirements (4.2.2.4). Mechanical lighters and portable lighters with electrical ignition sources are prohibited onboard this particular tanker fleet. Disposable lighters present a significant risk as an uncontrolled ignition source. Click on an image to enlarge.


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