A belated welcome aboard to Captain Jeff Parfitt, who took over from Captain John Rose as Maritime Director of CHIRP (Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme) at the turn of the year. CHIRP Maritime is on a roll, having won a 2016 Safety at Sea Award and continuing to spread its message oceans-wide, about safety incidents large and small – but all potentially lethal. John’s a hard act to follow, but Jeff will be a strong voice – supported as he is by CHIRP’s Maritime Safety Advisory Board, which looks forensically at incidents and near-misses, and delivers advice on how to avoid them in future. Good feedback from shipping companies and ports often follows. Safe Sailing is the key message – and it’s delivered. We’re lucky to be able to help by making regular CHIRP News bulletins for them – see the latest at www.chirpmaritime.org.