5 Personal Safety Musts Aboard Ship
Link Ship Chandlers operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and consistently provides exceptional chandlery services to customers in Cape Town and at other South African ports on demand. As such, the safety of the crew members aboard the ships we supply is always top of mind for our team, as we work tirelessly to supply provisions, equipment and parts to vessels bound for South African ports from all around the globe.
Here are five of the onboard safety musts we’ve come to appreciate as non-negotiable over the years:
Wearing The Right Type of Clothing
Maritime clothing should be up to the challenges of long journeys and unpredictable weather. It is very important that protective clothing fits each individual well, since loose-fitting clothes can potentially get caught in machinery, etc. It should also be appropriate for the weather conditions crewmembers are likely to encounter on any given journey – e.g. thick gloves and facial coverings to protect from extreme cold, etc.
Consistently Donning Regulation PPE
Personal protective equipment (PPE) like helmets, boots, goggles, life-jackets, etc should be readily available, used appropriately and checked regularly to ensure that it’s in a good condition.
Being Trained in the Use of Emergency Equipment
Every person working aboard a ship should be trained in the use of emergency equipment such as fire hoses, lifeboats, lifebuoys, immersion suits, etc. The equipment should also be checked regularly as part of the daily processes aboard a ship. After all, safety equipment can only be used for its intended purpose if it’s in a working condition.
Careful & Precise Movement Aboard Ship
Staying safe aboard a ship also means moving with care and purpose at all times. Have cargo should be securely tied at all times, and crew members should also be trained to take heed of any slippery patches, sudden lurches, unguarded railings, etc. as they go about their duties.
Handling Dangerous Cargo with Care
Highly flammable fuels and other dangerous materials should be safely stored and handled with utmost care at all times. To this end, cargo should be labelled properly, and safety instructions should be posted clearly wherever required.
Following these guidelines when you work or travel aboard a ship will keep you as safe as possible throughout your journey. Always remember the old adage – better safe than sorry. We’ll be sharing more helpful tips and industry insights here in the weeks and months to come, so check back soon.
In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the Link Ship Chandlers team if you require any information about the chandling services we offer at South African ports in Cape Town, Saldanha, Port Elizabeth, Coega, Durban and Richards Bay.