Recent accident investigation reports suggest that merchant seamen continue to be injured during mooring and towing operations

Recent accident investigation reports suggest that merchant seamen continue to be injured during mooring and towing operations. The UK-based safety signage and poster publisher, Maritime Progress, says a clear plan of operation and good communications between the tug and tow, prior to operations commencing, will reduce much of the risk. “Ship managers need to ensure their crews are fully briefed to ensure the successful performance of the operation and that all safety issues have been highlighted,” the company said in a release. Although all ships are different to some degree, with varying equipment for mooring and towage, there are some basic principles which are common to all and which allow the towing or mooring operation to be done in a safe and efficient way. Maritime Progress completed a review and upgrade to its ISM Code Safety Training Poster.