Near Miss during a Reversing Operation onboard a Ro-Ro Vessel - Shared by Forth Ports

Published: Monday, April 27, 2020 - 16:22

As part of PSS and Industry Chief Executive priorities for the sector, “Early Information Sharing” is aimed at proactively preventing incidents among members. These are good opportunities for PSS members to proactively review/modify safety control measures and is a leading indicator of a positive safety culture.

The following Safety Alert has been shared by one of our members to raise awareness of wider stakeholder engagement on a Reversing Operation onboard a Ro-Ro Vessel, the full details attached.


A tug driver was reversing a double stack on the main deck on the port side of a RoRo vessel.  When he started to straighten up on his line, he caught sight of a Rigger, in an unsafe position, between the trailer and the ship’s bulkhead, upon which the driver immediately stopped.

Suggested Use

Suggested use

Personnel: Please forward this alert on to colleagues in your port environment including management, supervisory, staff and the wider stakeholders including tenants/suppliers on the port estate.

Distribution: These can then be downloaded, printed and posted at various strategic locations such as workshops, notice boards, staff canteens, smoking areas etc to raise awareness about causes and preventive actions.

Discussions: This safety alert can be further utilised to facilitate safety discussions and stimulate employee safety leadership through toolbox talks, leadership 'Walk the talks' and hazard hunts, just to name a few.

More information on the incident, lesson learned and any actions that were taken can be found below

Special thanks to our member Forth Ports for sharing this alert with the rest of the industry.


Safety Alert - Near Miss during a Reverse Operation onboard a Ro-Ro Vessel April 2020 PDF (1.13 MB) Download (1.13 MB)