BMAPA have issued the following alert outlining how a seaman was injured and the actions that have been recommended to improve mooring procedures following this incident.
A UK marine aggregate dredger was making a routine entry into a UK port, which necessitated transiting a Lock. As the vessel came into position in the Lock the order to ‘hold on’ (the spring mooring line) was given and astern pitch applied. The Seaman forward ‘turned up’ the spring on the mooring bitts (ship’s bollard) as instructed.
The vessel continued to move ahead slightly; placing strain on the secured mooring line. The mooring line surged (slipped) on the mooring bitts; the standing (unloaded) part of the line whipped from the deck, striking the Seaman in the groin.
The IP was evacuated to hospital by emergency ambulance and underwent exploratory/corrective surgery.
A review of the incident identified the following points:
- The mooring equipment in the vessel is undersized by contemporary standards for the rope size in use.
- Mooring equipment standards have been formalised/ amended several time since the vessel was constructed.
- No mandatory requirement for retrospective upgrading of mooring equipment exists.
- Mooring rope size in use is essential to ensure vessel safety in operational conditions experienced in service.
- The layout of mooring equipment in the vessel precluded use of best operational practice for use in service.
- Standard induction procedures were followed; however, could have been improved with more focus on ship specific issues.
- Co-ordination of communications and actions of the Bridge Team and instructions given to Deck Crew could be improved.
- Minor proportionate modification to Deck mooring equipment would be beneficial to eliminate an identified deficiency.
- There was no specific mooring plan in place for the task.