REGULATIONS AND GENERAL INFORMATION
The safety of personnel is paramount and is always to be given preference over all other considerations. Safe operation of vessels is dependent upon observance of safe practices by all personnel. While responsibility for enforcing the observation of safety precautions rests largely with the captain and other officers, it is a matter of concern to all personnel on board all vessels to see that safety precautions are observed.
All personnel are responsible for reporting any hazardous conditions which they may observe to their department head or to the Deck Officer or Engineer on watch. Acushnet Marine is committed to the principal that safety is good business. No one should be exposed to unnecessary hazards and risks. Responsibility for safety rests with everyone.
• All injuries can be prevented.
Operation Safety Procedures
Recognized procedures to ensure operational safety are to be followed at all times. The following minimum safety procedures shall be complied with by all Acushnet Marine crews:
1. Work vest shall be worn on deck when making up tows
or shifting barges.
When fueling the vessel or handling a tank barge, smoking or carrying lighted pipes, cigars or cigarettes on deck or on dock immediately adjacent to the vessel is strictly prohibited under all circumstances.
Smoking inside the vessel is not allowed, pursuant to Massachusetts State Laws governing smoking in the workplace. Senate Bill 521/House Bill 2599. There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke.
Smoking on board Acushnet Marine vessels is only allowed on the stern decks.
Cigarette and/or cigar butts and matches shall be disposed of in metal pails on the tugs and disposed of with the tug’s waste. Nothing is to go overboard and into the ocean.
It is of the utmost importance that Fire Prevention Precautions be in effect on all Acushnet Marine vessels at all times. It will be the responsibility of the captain and engineer to see that fire prevention is carried out on their vessels. The Captains and Mates have endorsements from the U.S. Coast Guard on firefighting and prevention at sea. The company looks to them to train the rest of the crew in fire prevention.
The three components of fire are
Without any one of the above, there can be no fire.
Personnel working on deck in strong, hot sunlight must wear clothing that will protect them from sunburn and sunstroke.
Work shoes are required at all times on deck and in the engine room. Sandals, slippers and slip on sneakers are totally unsuitable for work on any Acushnet Marine vessel.
Clothing that has become saturated with oil or chemicals must be changed at once to avoid skin irritation. It must also be washed as soon as possible as it constitutes a fire risk.
Personnel working around machinery must not wear loose clothing.
The captain shall make sure that the crew knows the location and use of all fire extinguishers and hydrants on the vessels and drills must be conducted monthly.
Monthly drills must also be held for man overboard and evacuation of vessel.
Immediately upon joining the vessel, the captain and/or mate are to give the new crewmember the Vessel binder containing company policies, safety and security regulations and have the crew member read and then sign a sheet stating that he/she has read and understands all company, local, state and federal rules, regulations and procedures as they apply to the vessel. This sheet is then to be turned in to the office with the daily log sheets. The new crewmember will also be given a tour of the vessel that must include the location of all exits and safety equipment as well as equipment needed for the crewmember’s job.
Flashlights are to be used by all deck personnel when working on a barge or using gangways at night. The deckhand will have, as part of his gear, his own flashlight. The company is responsible for the batteries and bulbs. The company will also supply each vessel with one flashlight for the wheelhouse, one for the engine room and one in the galley. These three lights are for emergency use only. Their operational condition must be checked by the deckhand at the start of each shift/trip.
The engineers shall make sure that all deck lights are working and in good shape. The deckhands will replace any light bulbs as needed.
At sea, shielded lights shall be lighted so as to permit watch personnel the ability to carry out their duties. However, no lights shall be exhibited which might be mistaken for navigation lights or that interfere with the navigation lights or that interfere with the vision of the officer and crew in the wheelhouse. At night, in port, the deck shall be adequately lighted. If the vessel is being tied up, the engineer is the last person off and he will put out all lights other than the boarding lights.
Only personnel specifically designated by the company are to make repairs of electrical circuits and fixtures. That person is the Engineer. Deckhands are only to replace bulbs, globes and guard shields.
When it is necessary to open manholes and gratings, steps must be taken to prevent injury to personnel by roping off the area or other adequate means. Always, air tanks out before entering them.
Slippery Decks and Gangways
If decks, gangways or ladders become slippery because of oil spills, use oil absorption pads. In the case of ice, salt or other suitable material shall be immediately spread to ensure proper footing. If this can not be done, the area shall be roped off and suitable warning signs displayed.
Swimming from any Acushnet Marine vessel is prohibited.
Passageways, decks and compartments shall be kept clear of loose gear and equipment. When the vessel is underway, all small gear must be properly secured in order to avoid injury to personnel or damage to itself or the vessel.
Electrical Equipment, Appliances and Heaters
All electrical equipment, appliances and heaters are to be switched off when not in use. When vacating the vessel, make sure that all heaters in bunkrooms and appliances are turned off.
The Captain and Mate are responsible for the prevention of injuries and accidents as far as the Coast Guard goes, but each employee is held personally accountable for safe performance regardless of position.
Material Safety Data Sheets
The Port Engineer will be obtaining and maintaining the material safety data sheet program for this company. The Port Engineer will review incoming data sheets for new and significant health/safety information and will distribute the information to the affected tugs.
Safety and General Rules
• Always wear your work vest on tows and any other
time that you are exposed to the risk of falling overboard.
• Keep fingers from between the bitt and line/capstan
and line when making up.
Willful or repeated violation of safety rules or refusal or neglect to observe safe working practices will be cause for termination. The Captain has the right to terminate your employment if your neglect and/or refusal to obey rules puts the vessel and/or its tow in harms way.
January 21, 2004
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