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An investigation by The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) into the case of the Peter F Gellatly in New Jersey – a collision that caused an estimated $2.7 million of damage – indicates that where a safety management system (SMS) or similar program had been in place, it could have prevented the incident from occurring.
During the incident, the tank barge Double Skin 501 collided with the International Matex Tank Terminals (IMTT) Bayonne Pier A, as it was being pushed by an uninspected towing vessel.
An adjacent tank vessel, Isola Bianca, was damaged during the event, as were pipelines on the pier, resulting in the discharge of 630 gallons of fuel oil into the water.
The accident was likely caused by a combination of poor communication amongst crew, not thoroughly assessing the extent of the hazardous situation before it happened and poor decision making.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommends that in order for an SMS to be functional and adequately identify hazards and control risks, it must consider the following;
- Safety Policy – illustrates the methods, processes and organization structure required in order to attain safety goals;
- Safety Risk Management – development of a range of risk controls based on the assessment of acceptable risk;
- Safety assurance –providing confidence to assure that work, health and safety risks, processes and safety measures are effectively managed, and that employees understand their roles and responsibilities.
- Safety promotion – evidence that the organisation adopts practices that support a sound safety culture.
Ocean Time Marine can help you minimize hazards aboard your vessel and ensure you stay up to date with regulatory compliance, vessel procedures, and emergency operations, with their safety management templates.