All that mayhem, of course, rather put me off my stroke. Fortunately MFUK, though active as ever, had no at-sea filming booked, so no need to hurl myself around ships (ill-suited to crocked shoulders) or climb pilot ladders (ditto), or do boat-to-ship transfers with both vessels cracking along (double ditto.) Our good friends at CHIRP (Confidential Hazardous Information Reporting Programme for Maritime), led by top good guy Captain John Rose (picture) have been their usual vigorous selves, so all 2016 bulletins are on-line – now for 2017! Their website is getting good hits, and we hope we’ve helped with that. Certainly the hair-raising case studies keep coming: a recent favourite is a superyacht crew member who thought it was a good idea to jump off his moving ship and swim up to the anchor to free it from a fouled rope..!