During a routine marine inspection of a vessel it was observed that rope lines had been attached to the mooring winch control levers to facilitate ‘remote’ operation of the winches.
This is an inappropriate and unsafe practice. There are a number of very good reasons why, including:
- Accidentally pulling on the wrong line and performing an unintended action;
- Crew member getting entangled in the lines and inadvertently operating the winch;
- Lack of proper control of winches.
Mooring and unmooring a vessel is inherently a potentially dangerous operation and requires crews to be in full control of all associated equipment.
- Adequate personnel under the supervision of a certified officer should be available for:
- handling of equipment and gear
- directing the winchman.
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