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.
On Thursday 17th January 2019, NWA members travelled to Windemere Lakeside Hotel to attend the 1st NWA Safety Forum of the year, prior to the annual Dinner and AGM. Notably, due to the combination of events, we saw a strong turnout, with around 50 members present to air their views and share their experiences.
In March, Scottish Offshore Wind is hosting 3 events relating to offshore wind (OW). These are for companies in OW, thinking of diversifying into it, or simply curious.
Much-anticipated revision to the Workboat Code presented at the National Workboat Association’s 2019 AGM, paving the way for further growth in the UK maritime sector