Based on P&I Club Statistics a high proportion of navigational class of claims is still attributed to the following causes and an external audit could result in higher awareness and reduced operational risks for the operator:
- ineffective procedures,
- ignorance of bridge watchkeeping best practice,
- poor bridge team management and
- ineffective communication
- limited skills in ECDIS handling
Those issues cannot easily be identified during a port visit or paper audit. Effective navigational practice and procedure can only be accurately assessed whilst on a relevant sea passage incorporating port departure, passage and arrival events.
Reporting is comprehensive and includes a full assessment of navigational performance, with positives and negatives highlighted and clear recommendations made in line with best practice. We can supply our own format adjusted to the circumstances of the audit, or follow a specified/provided format.
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The biggest risk facing a ship owner is a major navigational incident in spite of the fact that the techniques for safe navigation are well known. When these techniques are professionally executed, navigational risks can be reduced.
Navigational audits are a requirement of TMSA and becoming more and more common in other trades e.g. bulk carriers.
For Matau-Marine navigational audits are a professional tool to train the vessel’s staff as well as the company’s overall performance, while at the same time satisfying charterers’ requirements.
During the preparation and the actual audit, the participants will be made aware of gaps in their knowledge that could lead to unsafe procedures and understand the huge importance of the human element in the navigational process.
Improvements to existing Safety Management Systems can also be identified within such an audit.
The Solution: Sailing Audit & ECDIS Training
In order to overcome the above challenges independent navigational audits should amend the existing compliance program of the shipping company. These should be conducted
- during the sea passage with departure and arrival
- ideally between 2-3 days
- On board training and refresher trainings
- on regular basis to identify trends and KPI’s.
- Comply with charterers requirements
- Learn from your and other people’s mistakes
- Recognise that the human element plays a major role in the causation of accidents
- Enable a safe and professional navigational culture
- Use effective navigational audits to reduce overall risk
- Take advantage of navigational audits to improve company procedures
- Take advantage of navigational audits to improve training demands based on a gap analysis of crew skills and competences
- Training needs identified during the audit can be already rectified by short refresher trainings with immediate effect
In addition to the navigational audit report, you MAY of course receive an overview of the general condition of the vessel and feedback about the overall performance noted.
Same would be openly discussed with the master and his crew prior departure of the auditor.