Author: maddenmaritime

Rich Madden holds a USCG Unlimited Master's license, as well as a Master of Towing Vessels license. He has sailed on these licenses worldwide, most recently in the Middle East and East Africa.

The London P&I Club : Captain’s Rounds

Browsing the P&I Club’s websites can be quite enlightening.  As the P&I Clubs bear the financial costs when mariners get injured or the ship is damaged, they can have insightful guidance.  This month, one of the topics brings us back to the basics – routine inspections of the vessel by the captain.

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Captain, I have a concern…

Last year, I was inbound to a port-that-will-remain-nameless, with the local pilot at the conn.  As we maneuvered up a winding channel, the channel curved to port, yet the pilot ordered starboard rudder as we approached the next turn.  Our 3rd officer, who had been onboard for over two months already and well-drilled in bridge resource management theory piped up and said, “Mr. Pilot – the channel goes to port, why are you using starboard rudder?”  The pilot responded by glancing at the rudder angle indicator and out the window.  He then turned and told the helmsman, “Midships,” followed shortly by, “Port 20.”  The pilot then turned, smiled at the 3rd officer, and said, “Thanks.”

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The Effective Crew Project : Solent University

Project objectives

  • Examine the impact on safety and efficiency of implementing stable or fluid crewing strategies within the Merchant Navy.
  • Provide new data in an area where the current information is primarily anecdotal.
  • Share best practice from other industries which apply stable and fluid teams.
  • Develop a best practice guide on crewing assignment for the shipping industry.
  • Develop recommendations for those in the shipping industry instrumental to crew assignment.
  • Produce high impact dissemination of the research findings.

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