Working at sea


The Chief Scientist will oversee the planning for all teams on the voyage including the departure arrangements.

Most ports have security so only those who are on the security list at the gate will be allowed entry. The security list will be provided by the MNF Voyage Operations Manager to the port authorities at least a week before sailing.

If someone needs entry to bring equipment to the vessel then the Chief Scientist will need to know in advance so their details can be included on the security list otherwise entry can be denied.

For their own safety and the safety of others, people affected by drugs or alcohol must not enter a port, work on the wharf or board Investigator.  Port authorities may refuse entry as can the Master for anyone boarding InvestigatorInvestigator is a dry ship, so no alcohol or illegal drugs can be taken on board or consumed on the vessel.  Drug and alcohol testing may occur at any time at the instigation of the port authority or the Master.

Most voyages will have a mobilisation period.  This is the period where equipment is loaded onto the vessel and final preparations are made prior to departure.  Voyage participants often arrive at the beginning of the mobilisation period, sleep that night on board and sail the next day.  Some voyages with large equipment loads or procedures requiring controlled rehearsal may require extra days for mobilising.

Ports can be very busy and dangerous places. Some ports require users to undertake a safety induction online prior to arrival as a requirement of entry.  In all cases, voyage participants will need to observe safety directions, watch out for vehicles, not walk under loads being lifted by cranes and keep away from the edge of the dock.
Appropriate closed-toe footwear is required in ports, and in some cases, high visibility vests and hard hats will also be required.

Once at the vessel, there will be someone to meet voyage participants and introduce them to the vessel. This will be done in groups so it is important people arrive at the designated time.

A safety briefing will be carried out prior to sailing or soon after.  Anybody boarding the vessel in port must sign in, and if leaving the vessel at any time, sign out. This allows the crew to know who is on the vessel at any given time in case of emergency.  Failure to observe this requirement could result in people putting their lives at risk looking for an absent person in an emergency.

Updated: 27 November 2014