Responding to the need for staff involved in bunker operations to realise the possible consequences of not following prescribed procedures, the London P&I Club has launched a new fuel loss prevention video, reports the Handy Shipping Guide.
How will it help?
The film can be used as a training aid to emphasise the potential disasters which can occur through simple acts of inattention.
Bunker Spill Focus
Taking its lead from a real incident, the animated film focuses on a high-profile bunker spill caused by a number of inter-related incidents. Inadequate briefing, poorly labelled equipment and distracted staff all played a part in an accident that was compounded by the on board team attempting to cover their tracks once the spill had occurred.
The incident referred to in the film saw 26,000 litres of fuel lost overboard resulting in clean-up costs of $6.5 million and a fine of $750,000.
Falsification of documents to disguise the cause of the incident could have resulted in imprisonment for those concerned.
Loss Prevention Service
Carl Durow, Loss Prevention Manager at The London P&I Club said:
“Loss prevention is an extremely important service we offer our members and we think it is key to deliver such guidance in a way which is easily accessible to mariners serving on board the vessels. As part of this we have released an animation through which we demonstrate how a real incident was caused by the mariners themselves. The animation clearly shows how the incident occurred and how mariners could prevent it from happening again. It’s a short, sharp and clear video with an important message.”
Loss Prevention Lessons Listed
Through high-quality animation, the film takes the viewer through the stages that led to the bunker spill and its aftermath.
It then clearly lists the loss prevention lessons that all ship operators and mariners should take notice of when undertaking seemingly routine bunker operations. These are:
- Ensure staff have sufficient knowledge and experience
- Follow prescribed procedures
- Plan the activity
- Agree emergency signals and procedures
- Clearly mark all relevant equipment
- Don’t allow staff to be distracted
- Don’t falsify document or attempt to cover-up afterwards
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Source: Handy Shipping Guide