>Man overboard drills

>Man overboard drills are very important especially considering the Munro’s normal area of operation in the Bering Sea. Life expectancy drastically decreases the longer a man is in the freezing waters off the Alaskan coast. The faster we can get a man out of the water the more likely it is that he will survive.

Today’s drill focused more on effectively training new personnel and review for experienced personnel rather than on a speedy recovery. By training more effectively the crew will be able to better understand what is expected of them during a real man overboard and be able to take action quickly.

Overall, the drill today went very well and we managed to accomplish everything that we had set out to do during the drill. The first goal was getting a complete muster and breaking out the gear on deck in a timely manner. Though there were a few communication issues as far as the muster, everything was done quickly and effectively and within the time limit set by the training team.
After the initial actions were taken, the training team slowed the training clock to allow personnel to walk through the training and allow them to get a real perspective of how the evolution is supposed to run.

The rainy weather was definitely a safety concern, but it was also beneficial to the training. Giving the newer personnel a very real taste of what the weather might be like in our normal area of operation.

On the deck side, the drill went very well especially considering the number of new personnel with little or no experience with a man overboard. BMC Papineau and I did a lot of thorough training, directing new personnel where to go and what actions to take. We were able to carefully explain the hands on training and the safety issues during the drill.

Everyone was very enthusiastic about the drill and the training despite the adverse weather and relative inexperience of the new personnel. Seaman Broadfoot and Seaman Dalton, both of whom have been aboard the ship for less than a month, really stepped up and took charge during the drill despite their inexperience.

Broadfoot was the first person on the tending line for the J-Bar davit, waiting to lower the rescue swimmer over the side. Dalton was one of the first heaving line throwers to make up his line and have it ready to throw out to the man in the water.

It never hurts to be train and prepared for any situation.

From CWO4 Tom Quass: