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Mooring Lines Management Plan (Dry Bulk)

An operational manual to provide guidance and instructions for safe Mooring operations for Dry Bulk Ships including compliance with Risghtship, BHP Standard and Port Hedland MSB 01/2021 for ships calling at Port Hedland.

Regulatory Reference: BHP, OCIMF MEG4, Port Hedland MSB 01/2021, Rightship RISQ

Regulatory Reference

Background

In line with the requirements of the latest local BHP requirements, Rightship Inspection Ship Questionnaire (RISQ) and in line with latest Port Hedland Marine Safety Bulletin MSB 01/2021, all ships need to be equipped with a Mooring Lines Management Plan that may partially or fully comply with OCIMF MEG4 requirements. Scope of the manual is to assist operators to ensure that the mooring lines & systems are inspected, operated and maintained in accordance with Terminal, Port and Rightship requirements. BHP, the Leading Terminals operator in Port Hedland have issued updated requirement regarding mooring in excess of the PH MSB 01/2021 with transition ending in June 2021 that they are subject to vetting inspection at the terminal. Approval of the Documentation by the Administration or a Recognised Organisation (RO) on behalf of the Administration is NOT mandatory.

Compliance Required

Plans to be developed will comply with:

Further guidance may be found in our review of the Port Hedland Mooring Requirements.

Verification

BHP states in their circular that all vessels calling at the Terminal and their crew must comply with the mandatory BHP requirements from 17 May 2021. Verification that the vessel and crew are compliant with the requirements will occur through the vessel vetting process, the Terminal Questionnaire and/or an inspection on board the vessel. Rightship requirements will be verified either during a Rightship inspection or via the Terminal Feedback Channel. Port Hedland Port Authority and Pilbara Ports guidance and marine safety bulletins are expected to be verified by local inspectors.

Deadlines

BHP requires implementation from 17 May 2021 for all Port Hedland Terminals providing a transition period until 01 July 2021.

Our Experience

SQE Marine has developed more than for 750 plans in line with OCIMF MEG4 for Oil Tankers operated by more than 100 clients since 2018 with positive feedback through the vetting inspections that these ships have successfully passed so far. Furthermore we  have already developed more than 110 plans for ships calling PH as the initial deadline set by the latest BHP Circular was set on 17 May 2021.

Indicative Contents

Plan will cover BOTH MSB 01/2021 and BHP requirements including, General ship particulars, Mooring lines & equipment, Inspection, maintenance and retirement procedures, end for end policy, Risk management, safety or personnel and human factors.

Example Structure of deliverable manual as follows to cover both requirements:

  • MMP – 01: INTRODUCTION
  • MMP – 02: MOORING PLANNING
  • MMP – 03: RISK MANAGEMENT & SAFETY ISSUES
  • MMP – 04: LINE INSPECTION & MAINTENANCE
  • MMP – 05: EQUIPMENT INSPECTION & MAINTENANCE
  • MMP – 06: POSTERS
  • MMP – 07: FORMS
  • MMP – 08: COMPLIANCE MATRIX

Info/Plans Required

  • Ship Specific Information (Questionnaire to be submitted)

Benefits

  • Master will have a guidance with respect to Mooring System & Lines Management
  • Procedures as per vessel specific arrangements
  • Detailed instructions and responsibilities
  • Updated with latest requirements and legislation
  • Easy record keeping

We will Ensure

  • Full compliance with national and international regulations and common marine practice
  • Real life documentation addressed to senior officers and crew onboard
  • Full integration of any client specific requirements
  • Full support provided after development in line with our Document Support Policy

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