CHIRP Your Maritime Report
Transparency over sea accidents or incidents
Many incidents happened while a merchant vessel is at sea or even at the port. Collision, capsizing, grounding, sinking, fire, among other things can happen unexpectedly in the ship. Because of this, a Maritime Safety Newsletter called CHIRP ( Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme) began publishing maritime reports, like near-miss incidents and actual accidents as early as 2005, as a contribution to safety in the maritime industry. They are based in Farnborough, UK and are not connected with other organization in the maritime sector, whether regulatory, operational, manufacturer or supplier.
CHIRP’s reports are published only with the agreement of the reporter, and as far as possible in their own words.
The 8-page maritime newsletter is divided into the kinds of maritime reports that involve: a) merchant shipping, b) fishing, c) leisure d) editorial and e)report update.
The Sailor’s encounter with CHIRP
The issue no. 7 of CHIRP Feedback newsletter was just lying on one of the table in our crew saloon. Almost everyone, ignore it because it didn’t have photos to look or admire at. It is just pure reports and comments.
One thing that caught the sailor’s attention was the report about the Bullying and Harassment of a European Chief Officer against the Asian 2nd Officer.
The reporter’s text pictured the incident with shocked and disbelief. For two months, the Chief Officer lambasted the 2nd officer with foul and insulting words until the junior officer decided to sign off the ship in tears as the Chief Officer smiled. The Asian officer didn’t even finish his 9-month contract. Europeans have 3 months to finish on board the vessel. The Captain turned a blind eye regarding the matter (because of fear to the Chief Mate).
CHIRP explained that “bullying and harassment issues are not restricted to European/Asian cultures or exclusive to multi-culture crews.” European guidance on the subject (www.etf-Europe.org) states: “All workers have the right to work without suffering harassment and bullying in their workplaces. Unfortunately, there are many workers who do not enjoy this basic freedom. It is the responsibility of all employers to ensure that all forms of harassment and bullying of workers are eliminated from their workplaces. It is also the responsibility of the trade unions (like the ITF) and workers to make sure than harassment and bullying do not take place.”
Other reported incidents include the accidents committed when lowering lifeboats or rescue boat surveys. It is noted by the sailor that whenever there are boat drills conducted on board ship while on voyage, the actual lowering is often ignored. Only when the actual survey happened and the vessel is at anchor that the boatswain or bosun can lower the boat.
Security drills required by the ISPS (International Ship and Port Security &Facility Code) and the anti-pollution trainings are often reported to consume the large proportion of time without being paid by the ship owners. If the trainings exceeded the 4 hour-allocation, the company superintendent or port captain of the company should take notice. Seafarers time schedules are sacrificed even some are bound to rest after the end of their duties at the bridge or in the engine room.
With the advent of CHIRP anybody on board ship, whether you’re an officer or crew can report untoward incidents that can harm the lives of many seafarers.
How do I [properly report a maritime accident by DoyleRaizner
Functions of CHIRP
CHIRP as a confidential way of reporting problems covering aviation and maritime industries is a good thing that happened in the sector.
Although, there are safety reportage being published by other publications, CHIRP Maritime Newsletter really hit the hearts of many seafarers, sympathizing to those seafarers who were aggrieved by their superiors.
With this kind of reporting, abusive officers will know that their attitudes will soon be punished at the maritime court. If not for the first time offense, it will be for the next heavier accusations.