PIONEER SHIPPING SERVICES
(A UNIT OF PIONEER SAILING SERVICES PVT. LTD.)



SERVICES OFFERED

  • Navigational Audits:

    Despite the advances made in bridge training and navigational aids, analysis of tanker incidents during the period 1978 – 2011 indicates that navigational incidents involving collisions, contacts or groundings have consistently accounted for around half of all incidents. Over the same time period, collisions and groundings accounted for an even larger percentage of significant oil spills. (source Intertanko) These problems can be considerably reduced if the company has implemented a robust set of procedures and a proper enforcement by carrying out Audits of navigation. The biggest risk facing a ship owner is a major navigational incident in spite of the fact that the techniques for safe navigation are well known. When these techniques are professionally executed, navigational risks are reduced. Despite the advances made in bridge training and navigational aids, analysis of tanker incidents during the period 1978 – 2011 indicates that navigational incidents involving collisions, contacts or groundings have consistently accounted for around half of all incidents.
    Over the same time period, collisions and groundings accounted for an even larger percentage of significant oil spills. (source Intertanko)
    Navigational incidents are where the shipowner’s largest risks lie.
    The numbers are alarming and there is overriding evidence that
    • The number of navigational incidents and the cost is increasing
    • The impact of navigational incidents on company reputations is becoming more serious.
    • The predominant cause of these navigational incidents is human error due to poor training / auditing for compliance with COLREGS and SMS procedures.

    Preventing these accidents is not difficult. The techniques for safe navigation are widely known and when mastered and professionally carried out, the navigational risks are notably reduced.
    What is Navigational Audit:
    • It is a tool to increase the navigational safety standards in a shipping company.
    • According to OCIMF TMSA element 5 (Stage 4.3 recommends), the operator shall arrange independent navigational reviews to check the navigational competence.
    • A Navigational Audit is a systematic control of how the Ship Operator’s Navigationalprocedures are followed.
    • Its a program that assess & evaluates the competence and skill sets of the bridge team in concurrence with companies SMS and industry standards. Ideally the outcome of the audits shall be linked to the operators training program.

    What do we DO !
    Our Auditors go onboard and discuss the scope of attendance. Its understood and detailed by the company that certain number of hours shall be dedicated to program every single day of attendance. This shall include interviewing each officer and carry out minimum set of trainings / PPT presentations, real-time assessments and open forums.
    The audit process consists as a minimum of the following elements:
    • Navigational skills and procedures assessment
    • Passage Planning in compliance with SMS and industry requirements
    • Bridge Records, associated checklists and entries
    • Bridge Team Management / Resource management
    • Bridge Team – Pilot interface
    • ECDIS / Nautical Charts, Publications and Chart corrections
    • Notices to Mariners (NTM) and Tracings
    • Navigation Officer duties and responsibilities
    • Watch-keeping Officer duties and responsibilities
    • Officers understanding of Navigational instruments & Bridge Equipment
    • Mooring Operations (TMSA Element 6A)
    • Identification of Best Practices
    • Assessing behavioural attributes of Bridge team
    • Evaluation of the bridge team basis Professional knowledge, Navigation practices, Compliance & Soft skills assessment

    Our Auditors are suitably qualified with relevant experience, knowledge & updated with our own pool of recurring findings.
    Our Auditor will
    • Use checklists / questionnaires as per industry (SIRE/VIQ) and Oil Majors’ standards.
    • Analyse audit results to identify weak areas, training needs and trends.
    • In-house developed questionnaire basis repetitive findings over a period of time
    The audits may be complemented by Training of bridge team on:
    • Bridge Procedures and Implementation
    • Situational Awareness and Voyage Monitoring
    • Navigation under Critical Situation
    • Risk Assessment related to Navigational Safety and Passage Planning
    • Passage Planning Details and Implementation
    • Human Element (Stress, Complacency and Distraction)
    • Mariner’s Fatigue and Error Chains
    • Communication
    • Pilot/ Bridge Team Integration
    • Teamwork Management
    • Chart corrections and Log Book Entries
    • Navigation-related drills
    • Verification of rectification of any deficiencies noted during vetting, PSC inspections, etc.
    • The service is provided during real time navigation, in accordance with TMSA2, Element 5.
    • Detailed reports are provided reflecting the navigational practices based on the client’s procedures and applicable requirements. The value of Final de-brief is most significant when despite a potential of disagreement we need to highlight gaps and suggest improvements.

    Ours is a team who believe in adding value rather gather accolades and this all has been fine tuned to where we stand strong today.