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Safety is not a given. It is critical that this is discussed time and again with all parties involved before all operations, and that clear agreements are made regarding safety. In the 16th edition the Shipping Occurrences Report will be focusing attention on working together safely on board.

A captain is always responsible for the safety on board the vessel. If third parties come to work on board, their actions can affect the safety of the ship’s crew. This could result in a situation in which the captain, although responsible, cannot influence the course of action. To ensure safe cooperation, it is good to make some basic agreements between the various parties before work begins. These can be made during toolbox meetings in which all crew members and shore-based staff are present and safety risks and responsibilities for safety measures are identified and assigned.

More about shipping occurences can be found in the Shipping Occurences Report January 2023 – June 2023.

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