Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Safety Regulation at The Berth

Below are some of general safety regulation once vessel berthing at port.
  • Ensure that a Life-Buoy ring is provided by the accommodation ladder.
  • Ensure safety net is fitted to accommodation ladder and access.
  • Mooring
  • Accommodation ladders (gangways) should remain hanging from the bridle and not be swung out over the wharf. This is to prevent impact between quay cranes and the accommodation ladder. Accommodation ladders should be continuously adjusted to cater for change of draft and tide.
  • Mooring lines should be kept tight to ensure that the vessel is alongside parallel to the wharf at all times. In vessels equipped with tension winches, these need to be adjusted to cater for prevailing weather conditions.
  • In the event that mooring lines have to be adjusted during container operations, the Berth Operation Superintendent is to be informed to ensure that crane operators are warned of potential change of position of vessel relative to wharf.
  • Ensure that rat-guards are maintained on all mooring lines.
  • Ensure vessel is ballast to remain upright during container operations to prevent damage when quay crane are long traveling past accommodation and bridge wings.
  • Testing of engine is prohibited unless permission is granted from the Berth Operation Superintendent. Container operations are to cease on your own and the adjacent vessel to ensure risk of an accident is minimized during the testing of engines.
  • No hot work (welding, oxy-cutting etc) is to be carried out while alongside without permission of the Shift Manager.
  • Ship chandlers and other suppliers are not to obstruct container operation.
  • Smoking is prohibited in the terminal where marked with a “No Smoking” sign.
  • Do not dispose of garbage overboard and ensure that there is no oil spillage while alongside.

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