006/19

Status
Open
Recommendation Date
Recipient Name
Port Otago Type O
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At the time of the grounding, Port Otago’s policies, procedures and compliance monitoring of pilotage operations fell short of meeting good industry standards for pilot training outlined in maritime rules, or fully achieving the principles of safety management systems outlined in the New Zealand Port and Harbour Marine Safety Code.

On 26 June 2019, the Commission recommended to the Chief Executive Officer of Port Otago that they note where this report identifies areas where pilotage operations can be improved and continue taking the necessary actions to ensure that pilotage operations fully meet good industry practice and the guidance provided in the New Zealand Port and Harbour Marine Safety Code.
Reply Text
Port Otago, as a result of the learnings from the incident, delivered refresher training on PPU’s to all pilots, completed in November 2018. Port Otago also instructed Maersk to change stowage plans to improve visibility on the L- Class vessels visiting Port Chalmers and Maersk complied in August 2018.

For the record, the New Zealand Port and Harbour Marine Safety Code SMS review received on 23rd November 2017 identified some improvements to be undertaken by Port Otago and Otago Regional Council; all of Port Otago’s actions were completed in early 2018. At the time of the incident, Port Otago was awaiting the Otago Regional Council by-laws to be notified for public submission to close out the review. Port Otago’s policies, procedures and compliance monitoring of pilotage operations at the time of the incident through 13th December 2018 were unchanged. Port Otago and the Otago Regional Council New Zealand received notification post another review that the SME was consistent with the requirements of the New Zealand Port and Harbour Marine Safety Code on 13th December 2018.
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