With accidents increasing in volume and severity during manoeuvring and berthing in port, insurer TT Club has issued guidelines for best practice for those onboard and ashore when vessels come in to dock.
Among a host of suggestions, the terminal insurer has hinted that the time has come to regulate the installation and upkeep of bollards, especially in today’s supersized ship era.
Writing to clients this week, Peregrine Storrs-Fox, the TT Club’s risk management director, noted: “In many ports bollards may have been in place and potentially unchecked for decades. There is currently no international standard to ensure that bollards are sufficient in number, quality and capacity, as well as suitably located for the tonnage likely to call at each berth.”
The insurer stated that it may be appropriate to source non-destructive testing to verify the strength of bollards.