Guidance to small ship and special duties

Guidance with short answers reviews the fundamentals of occupational health and safety.

It explains how to put in place the basics for risk assessments and chemicals management.

There are about 177,000 merchant ships worldwide and practically all the work is the same regardless of their size and capacity. Small ships are often supply/specialised ships with special challenges. Small ships often play an important role in working with large ships and are an important part of the total operation.


The guidance: ”Small ships and special duties” is the first of a series of booklets and will be supplemented by guidance specifically relating to the challenges facing crew on board precisely their vessel type in the small ship segment. The specific guidances are:

  • Small ferries
  • Wind turbine service ships
  • Tugboats and salvage tugs
  • Guard ships
  • Sand and gravel dredgers

The definition of a ship in the "Small ship" segment is max. 137 m LOA or 3000 GT.


Preventive principles

The guidance describes the most important preventive principles and gives them as simple memory rules for before starting a job. The memory rules are included in the guidance and are also intended for inclusion in campaigns by shipowners in this segment. The campaign focuses on injuries to hands and fingers. The Norden company previously ran the campaign with positive outcomes. QA Manager Anders Houmøller, Norden, says:

”The campaign received a generally positive feedback and during the campaign there was a definite drop in the amount of injuries in the fleet”

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