The recent news about stevedores operating at the grain terminal of the Port of Vancouver (Canada) now require vessels to provide a gangway safety net that complies with American National Standard (ANSI A10.11).

Details of the requirements are laid out in the International Longshore & Warehouse Union Bulletin. Failure to comply with this regulation may lead to stevedores refusing to board the vessel with the potential for subsequent delays.

Vessels agents should be contacted prior to arrival in order to clarify the situation.

ANSI/ASSE A10.11 – 2010 (R2016) says,

Technical specification of Personal net /Safety net

“Mesh openings should be small in order to spread the deceleration force through as many net strands as possible and to minimize entanglement of a fallen person’s head, arms and legs when arresting the fall. The maximum size of mesh shall not exceed 36 square inches (.91m2) or be longer than 6 inches (.15m) on any side measured center-to-center of mesh ropes or webbing. No mesh member shall exceed 6 inches (.15m) in length, measured center-to-center of mesh crossings. All mesh crossings shall be anchored to eliminate frictional wear and prevent enlargement of the mesh openings. “

Each personnel net shall be permanently labeled with the following information:
1. Name of manufacturer
2. Identification of net material
3. Date of manufacture
4. Date of prototype test
5. Name of the testing agency
6. Serial number

As the saying goes “ Prevention is better than cure “, lets lead the way to educate our crew, surveyors, and auditors about the requirement and proper usage of the safety net .