Damage to FFo (Fixed and Floating objects) and other property Due to the fact that both the P&I and the Hull and Machinery covers may be involved, it is important to consider both aspects, i.e.

Damage to FFo (Fixed and Floating objects) and other property

Mariner

Damage to FFo (Fixed and Floating objects) and other property


Due to the fact that both the P&I and the Hull and Machinery covers may be involved, it is important to consider both aspects, i.e. the damage to the own vessel as well as the object damaged – please see section 1.8 Difference between P&I insurance and Hull and Machinery insurance. The Company, the P&I and the Hull and Machinery insurer should therefore be contacted.

3.4.1 General – reporting

If a fixed and floating object (FFO) or other third party property is damaged by

  • manoeuvring the vessel
  • the vessel’s anchors or mooring lines• wash damage,

any claim is often lodged at a later stage when it is difficult to take measures to minimise losses and to collect the evidence necessary to defend the claim. Accordingly, as soon as an incident occurs the P&I and/or Hull and Machinery insurer and correspondent should be informed.

If there has been damage to third party property, the Master is advised to consider notifying the nearest competent local authority or National Operational Contact Point as well, depending on the nature of the incident.

Wash damage often goes unnoticed by the vessel’s command and a claim may only be lodged at a much later stage. Therefore, as much evidence as possible should be obtained to defend any such claim.

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3.4 damage to FFo (Fixed and Floating objects) and other property

The following information should be provided

  • short description of the incident
  • date and vessel’s time of the incident, local and UTC (Co-ordinated Universal Time)
  • position/location of the incident
  • extent of damage sustained by the own vessel
  • extent of damage sustained by the FFO/third party property
  • prevailing weather conditions at the time of the incident (keep any weather records)
  • any fatality or personal injury, please see section
  • any pollution, please see section 3.12 Pollution.

3.11 Personal injury

3.4.2 Action to be taken
  • Make immediate reference to the vessel’s Emergency Contingency Plan
  • inform the relevant local authority or owner or operator of the damaged object ashore
  • inform the Company, the P&I insurer or the insurer’s local correspondent to arrange a survey.
3.4.3 evidence to be collected

3.4.3.1 General information

  • Date and exact vessel’s time of the incident, local and UTC (Co-ordinated Universal Time)
  • position/location of the incident
  • extent of damage sustained by the vessel
  • details of the object damaged and the damage sustained
  • extent of damage to the third party property
  • position of own vessel in relation to the damaged object
  • names and flags of other vessels involved
  • weather conditions prevailing at the time of the incident (keep any weather records)
  • tide and current prevailing at the time of the incident
  • other vessels’ name(s) and positions
  • courses (chart course, steered course, gyro and magnetic compass) at the time of the incident
  • speed, propeller revolutions or propeller pitch of the vessel at the time of the incident
  • any alteration to course and/or speed immediately before the incident including the exact time of the alteration
  • any helm or engine manoeuvres before and after the incident and the times of such manoeuvres
  • any communications including orders given to the engine room
  • any communications exchanged between the vessels or between both vessels and shore radio stations or traffic control centres
  • if under pilotage
  • any communications between the pilot and the vessel’s command including helmsman prior to the incident
  • any communications between the pilot, tugs or shore radio stations or traffic control centres
  • any signals given by the vessel or heard from the other vessels prior to the incident
  • navigation lights and/or shapes shown at the time of the incident of the vessel and the other vessels
  • any compass and/or radar bearings and distances taken and recorded between the vessels prior to the incident
  • draught of the vessel and other vessels (if known) at the time of the incident
  • photographs or video of the damaged object to be taken, alternatively sketches or drawings to be made of the object and its location.
  • whether the pilot had made the Master or any of his officers aware of any speed restrictions in the area
  • whether the Master or any of his officers were aware of any speed restrictions in the area
  • whether the pilot was made aware of any speed restrictions by the Master or his officers.

If there has been any wash damage

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3.4 damage to FFo (Fixed and Floating objects) and other property

3.4.3.2 Navigation and communication equipment in use at the time

of the incident

  • Radars – short description of radar settings and any changes to settings with exact times prior to the incident
  • GPS systems – position recorded after button pressed (if done)
  • VHF – short description of its location on the bridge and channels operated at the time of the incident, any switches to other channels with exact times prior to the incident
  • electronic chart display – short description of the chart used and when last updated
  • any other navigation or communication equipment used, to be described as above
  • manoeuvre/course recorder printouts to be marked and retained and electronic data to be retained
  • records of exchange of traffic control communications to be kept,
  • failure of any navigation equipment to be noted.
  • persons witnessing the damage to the vessel
  • all persons attending the bridge at the time of the incident
  • any lookouts not on the bridge
  • any other eye witnesses
  • engine room personnel
  • any person having suffered personal injury on the vessel, please see section 3.11 Personal injury, crew illness or death
  • names and contact details of pilots on board the vessel at the time of the incident, times of embarkation and disembarkation.
  • Chart used (paper or electronic) – do not tamper with or erase any marks/data
  • ECDIS (or similar) and AIS data stored
  • deck logbook
  • bridge bell book or scrap log
  • engine logbook
  • engine bell book or scrap log
  • manoeuvre/course recorder printouts
  • deviation log
  • STCW records of working and rest hours of the Master, officers and crew on duty
  • copies of any third party reports to be retained.

e.g. hand-written notes or tape

3.4.3.3 Persons involved

Names, ranks, duties, whereabouts and contact details of

If possible, statements should be taken from any eye witnesses.

3.4.3.4 Documents to be retained

Copies of the above together with copies of other trading documents will be taken by the lawyer or correspondent instructed on behalf of the Company or the P&I and/or Hull and Machinery insurers.

Should any pollution occur please see section 3.12 Pollution.

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