Gothenburg: Despite years of improved technology and the widespread implementation of safety management systems, navigational claims remain at the same level.
According to The Swedish Club, half of the costs of hull and machinery claims handled by the P&I club have arisen due to collisions or groundings – a figure that has remained steady over recent years.
Still most navigational claims occur due to human error and miscommunication between crewmembers and officers, the club found in a report issued this week.
In addition to poor communication between staff on the bridge and onshore, a lack of situational awareness plays a part.
The Swedish Club stressed in the report that the implementation of an effective training programme for officers is vital especially in relation to effective communication and risk assessment.
“Being able to identify the reasons for navigational claims is invaluable for masters and shipowners,” said Lars Malm, director, strategic business development & client relationships for the Swedish Club.
The report showed that most claims can be prevented by simply ensuring that all crew follow proper procedures and consult with each other before making major decisions.