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Containership operation : Measures to protect the vessel side against stevedores injury

Container vessel cargo operations involve many complexities and careful consideration will need to be made for safe operation . It is the responsibilty of the ship to take necessary measures to eliminate any potential danger in the working circumstances.The procedures explained here are only indicative, not exhaustive in nature and one must always be guided by practices of good seamanship.

Check Item Before Cargo Operation

The Chief Officer shall inspect working areas and all cargo handling equipment to ensure safety of personnel. All working areas and accesses must be checked to be clear of any slippery matter and obstructions, be structurally sound and well lit, before stevedores come on board. Enter the results of the inspection in the Deck Log Book.

The Chief Officer shall request the responsible stevedoring person to sign the form “Stevedore Accident Notice Request” prior to start of cargo handling operation, and also advise him to bring any incident, howsoever small, to the notice of the ship’s officer.

Caution During Cargo Operation

The crew member on duty shall take necessary measures to eliminate any potential danger in the working circumstances. On noticing any oil, grease or other slippery material anywhere he must wipe it off immediately and report same to the Duty Officer.

The crew member on duty shall monitor the cargo handling operation, and warn the stevedore foreman of potential dangers and take further actions as required to prevent any injuries to personnel.

It is recommended that any unsafe practice noted by ship staff, if not corrected immediately be brought to the notice of stevedores by a written statement and signed by the responsible stevedoring person.

Lashing areas: Ships should be arranged to enable safe application and inspection of container lashings. Work areas should be of adequate dimensions, free from trip hazards, provided with fall protection and with adequate lighting. Transit areas should be free from obstructions and trip hazards. They should have adequate headroom, lighting and non-slip walkways.

The main working positions are between stacks, on lashing bridges, outboard and on hatch cover ends. A risk assessment of working positions should be arranged to identify hazards and to enable corrective action. When completing these assessments, the following requirements for safety during the application of lashings should be considered.

Measures After Cargo Operation

When the cargo handling operation is completed, the Chief Officer shall prepare a “Stevedore No Injury Report” and have the responsible stevedoring person sign it.

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