Wednesday 22nd August 2018
Over the last year,industry advice regarding the demarcation of ‘snap-back zones’ has been reviewed and updated. This is largely due to a serious incident last year in which a deck officer was badly injured during a mooring operation while standing in a zone that had not been identified as within the snap-back danger zone.
Recent research has shown that snap-back zones are in fact much larger than was originally thought – and to this end, the Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seafarers now advises that:
“Owing to the design of mooring decks, the entire area should be considered a potential snap-back zone. All crew working on a mooring deck should be made aware of this with clear visible signage.”
Additionally, and while original guidance advised the creation of specific snap-back zones on the deck in hi-vis paint, the Code also advises that:
“The painting of snap-back zones on mooring decks should be avoided because they may give a false sense of security.”
Above is the latest guidance, circulated by Shipowners P&I Club – with thanks to Carri Woodburn.
The National Workboat Association (NWA) is launching an ‘Understanding Fatigue’ campaign to combat crewmember fatigue on offshore energy support vessels (OESVs)
Following the success of our inaugural NWA / Offshore Wind Safety Forum in Lowestoft last year, we are holding the second combined Safety Forum on 6th September at the ERGO Centre on the Humber. Email Mark Ranson to secure your place.
In this month’s Member Profile, Chris King, Founder and Managing Director of King Marine, talks to us about the workboat training landscape, opportunities and challenges in the sector, and his longterm involvement with the NWA.