5 ways to avoid ship collision
As recorded between the year 2016 and 2017, almost 85% of ship collision are credited to negligence, miscommunication and none professionalism .
In not quite long time ship collision was recorded off Singapore waters, which leads to lost of life’s and property.
On the 7th January 2018, another collision occurred in which about 32 crews got missing, while Cargo of about $60 million was totally loss. Not only it was lost, also spill the waters.
First let’s understand the most popular or common ways ship collision can occur
Ship collision may occur in these form:
1. Stern collision
This kind of collision happens like one vessel running into the rear or stern of another.
2. Board side collision
This is when one vessel is smitten’s on its side by another vessel.
3 . Bow to Bow collision:
This occurs when two vessels struck each other from their front ends.
4. Allision collision
This type of collision involves one vessel hitting a stationary object, such as a bridge, seawall, rock, etc.
Following the above listed, none of them do occur without casualty’s. Therefore there is need that all crew maintain professional technics to make sure their vessel gets to her destination.
How to avoid ship collisions
To avoid ship collision, there are things ship crew and officers most have in mind and/or understand.
1. Value of life
Before you take an erroneous decision, always remember your life and that of your crew members value.
In many occasions, mostly 75% of the ship collisions involves countries like China and other none English speaking countries. According to Maritime rules, all crew should know English language for better communications. That is why the marline English test and others has being provided for free training and quick learning.
3. Lack of professionalism
The fact is that, rules of the road need to be apply during Navigation. Most captain use to play politics while on a risk job. In condition where other ship call to give way, it’s important to respect the call or signals and give way without claiming right. I listed the first point because, some navigators do not value life’s under them while in bridge or watch. Work professionally and keep safe.
In about 30% of the collisions involves poor weather or visibility. But in all cases, a lots of rules and guidelines has been listed on your checklists to follow. Try them an sail safe.
5. Engine failure
This point is not that common, because technology has gone so high that, even if you got engine failure, there are other emergency navigational means to keep in control of your ship. Therefore I don’t see any reason to believe that a ship collision happened due to engine failure, except in high current area.
To bring to conclusion of this article, I will generally advice that a tough regulation should be apply to all navigators, to learn a common international languages, because I believe it may help in better communications and understanding.
To support that, an event recording equipments ( like the airplane) should be place onboard vessels to better understand about last condition of the vessel.
In Dubai water, Singapore, etc, you will find some crew via VHF provoking each other, either because of the countries politics or self dislike. With the recording medium, we can stop those provoking words and keep Maritime transport safe.