Basic shipboard safety

Remember your first time on a ship or a boat? The experience of a first timer on the ship is unique for everyone but mainly revolves around safety. When boarding a ship, or in this case any vessel that navigates in the sea, one needs to take some precautions for their safety. These precautions include having appropriate safety equipment, safely boarding a water vessel and observing all safety rules and regulation in the vessel.

Many types of equipment fall under the safety equipment in the water vessels. This equipment includes;

  • Antistatic and nonslip footwear. This is footwear that has a firm grip on the ground to prevent any accidents, especially on the slippery ground. This grip protects one from slipping and falling.
  • High visibility dress code. When preparing to board a ship, one is advised to wear bright colored clothing like orange, yellow, etc. With these colors, one can be spotted from far and in case of any accidents being recognized takes a shorter time.
  • Life jackets. A life jacket is a type of spongy clothing that one wears above his or her clothes to support floating in case of an accident. Despite your weight and size, wearing a life jacket can save your life a big deal.
  • A working source of light or Intrinsically Safe torch. A source of light is an essential tool in a ship especially if you are there for quite some time.
  • Gloves, overall and a safety helmet

For confined spaces in vessels, you will require some additional safety equipment which includes:

  • The automatic and manual resuscitation system
  • Lifeline, location line, and safety harness
  • Confined space salvage equipment or a breathing apparatus.
  • The intrinsically safe communication line
  • A multi-gas alarm that detects toxic gases in the human body
  • An individual system alarm that consists of motion sensors and an indication system that alerts you when a person on board is unconscious.

When it comes to boarding a water vessel, one needs to follow the advice of the ship crew for his/her safety. Getting on and off a water vessel is often done through a gangway or an accommodation ladder which should be secured safely. Movement from one vessel to another especially if one of the vessels is moving is perilous and much discouraged. If it is necessary to do so, ensure you know how to use a rope ladder since it is the only way to access a vessel from another. When working on board, you should be aware they are several hazards in the vessel that you need to protect yourself from. This protection comes with wearing gloves especially if you have to work on some corners and hideous places in the vessel like under seats, in the washrooms, etc.

With basically following the vessel crew and master safety rules and measures you will naturally be safe in the vessel. Good luck!