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CHIRP Maritime – annual digest for 2020

CHIRP stands for Confidential Human Factors Incident Reporting Programme. One of the aims of the organisation is to contribute to the enhancement of maritime safety worldwide, by providing a totally independent confidential (not anonymous) reporting system for all individuals employed in or associated with these industries.

CHIRP welcomes safety-related reports from people in the international maritime sector, including the shipping industry, fishing industry and leisure users.  Reporters’ identities are kept confidential.  The information provided is made available, with the approval of the reporter and in a disidentified form to those who can take action to remedy the problem. Important information gained through reports; after being disidentified, is also made as widely available as possible through appropriate publication with the aim of improving safety standards.

This then, is CHIRP Maritime.

CHIRP Maritime has published its Annual Digest 2020. It is a flagship publication and contains all the published reports of the previous 12 months as well as various technical articles.  This year, amongst these articles is a paper by CHIRP member Dr.Clare Pekcan “Seafarer wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic” highlighting the psychological impact on seafarer’s trapped at sea unable to return home at the end of their tour of duty.

The annual digest has headings as follows:

  • Health and seafarer welfare;
  • Fishing, tugs, yachting and recreation;
  • Engineering, technical, environment and regulation;
  • Deck safety, deck operations, and cargo operations;
  • Collision regulations and navigation;
  • Safety culture;
  • Pilot boarding and pilotage. 

The CHIRP Maritime Annual Digest is available here.

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