This is a good article and focuses on dry bulk carriers, but why do these accidents keep happening? Mandatory drills every two months are apparently not improving the situation.
Is it the result of trying to centralize the perceived “brain power” ashore? This quote from the article appeals to me.
[ Szymanski hopes by asking seafarers to have their say, it will help to shift the paradigm of blame from seafarers to those responsible for the environment they perform their duties in. “It is up to us, ship managers, to change the situation and end these deaths.”]
Ownership of the seriousness of these kinds of operations needs to take place at all levels of shipboard operation from the Master down to the ships cat. Some real critical thinking and best practices have to ring out in every crewmembers head every time enclosed space entry is going to be attempted.
Discuss amongst yourselves.