Weighted Heaving Lines Used During Vessel Mooring Operations

Published: Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 11:26

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 and a wider stakeholder engagement on mooring operations, the full details attached.

Heaving line

During vessel mooring operations recently, we have unfortunately had a number of vessels using dangerously weighted heaving lines. Your attention is drawn to the MCA publication, The Code of Safe Working Practice 2015, Section 26.3.5 (Attached)

Suggested Use

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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 DP World London Gateway for sharing this alert with the rest of the industry.




Safety Alert Dangerously Weighted Heaving Lines PDF (206.38 KB) Download (206.38 KB)
Code of Safe Practices for Merchant Seafares (CSWPMS)_2015 Edition - Amendment1, Oct 2016 PDF (4.5 MB) Download (4.5 MB)
MCA safety_bulletin__No_2_Dangerously_Weighted_Heaving_Lines_28.09.2015_rev4_1 PDF (409.84 KB) Download (409.84 KB)