PSS is pleased to announce that the latest version of SiP 005 - Guidance on Mooring has been updated with guidance on Self Mooring and officially published today. The publication of SiP005 now makes history as the first-ever Quadripartite badge SiP document with the additional badging of the UK Harbour Masters Association (UKHMA) .
Access and egress from vessels during self-mooring is considered potentially dangerous. The Marine Accident Investigation Board (MAIB) has investigated at least three maritime fatalities associated with self-mooring within a span of four and a half years; Cherry Sand, Millgarth and Moira. These investigations formed the basis of action to be taken on self-mooring across the industry.
The updated guidance will assist employers in the management of safe access and egress from vessels during self mooring operations. It strengthens the key areas of Roles & Responsibilities, Joint Coordination & Cooperation and includes practical suggestions of risk management for self mooring.
We would like to thank the members of the guidance group for their excellent work as usual in getting this guidance out to the industry in record time. We would also like to take this opportunity to formally welcome the UK Harbour Masters Association to the guidance group going forward. It is an honour to have the UKHMA join the working group and bring their vast experience to our collective vision of ‘Raising standards in Ports, Together’. Special thanks to Ashley Nicholson, Julian Seaman and Martin Willis for their work during this process. Welcome aboard and we look forward to a long and productive working relationship going forward.