Vessels arriving/sailing in ballast – Responsibility of Masters to ensure safe condition.
A number of vessels arrive to /depart from the Shannon Estuary in ballast. It is increasingly evident that many vessels are taking insufficient ballast. As a result, such vessels are a potential hazard to navigation and pose an increased risk of an incident occurring, either during berthing/unberthing or during their transit along the Estuary.
Masters must be cognisant that the Estuary and approaches are exposed to strong winds and tides.
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