Pre Assessment

The employee has completed the required VHF training

The employee has read and can demonstrate understanding of the safety system of work: Vessel Mooring: Linesman Operations

The employee can readily identify the requisite PPE required for the job

The employee can demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between linesman and vessel pilot/master?

In the event that any of these pre-assessment activities is not complete the assessment must not proceed until all the pre-assessment activities have been confirmed completed by the assessor.

Instructions for the Assessor

Conducting the Assessment

• A commentary assessment is where the Employee gives a running commentary of what they are looking at, what they are doing and what they are thinking whilst carrying out linesman duties.

• The assessment will be terminated if the Employee conducts a safety breach as listed below.

• In the event of a termination the assessor and employee will return to the office for a debrief.

Safety Breach

• The Employee is involved in a near miss incident.

• The assessor feels unsafe due to the Employees’ actions.


• Depending on the situation questions can be asked before, during or after the performance of the tasks or even a combination of the above. However, you should use discretion in the timing of asking and recording of answers of questions especially when the Employee needs to concentrate on performing the tasks during assessment.

• You may clarify a question with the Employee, but you must not provide assistance with the answer.

• You should validate that the Employee has all the documentation and/or training to competently perform the tasks associated with this competency along with the knowledge required to perform these tasks.

• You should record comments at appropriate times during the assessment, so feedback can be given to the Employee

• In order to be competent the Employee must be able to successfully demonstrate knowledge and good practice in all areas while performing the linesman test.


Hazard Identification

When questioned, did the employee readily identify the following hazards?

Weather and the need to de-ice the work area prior to operation

Trip hazards in the work area

Issues with visibility

Vehicles and cranes moving in the vicinity

Badly maintained or defective mooring lines

Sudden tension causing a line to "snake"

Snagging hazards

Damaged mooring bollards

Failure of communication with vessel

Comments on hazard identification

Practical Assessment

Were all vessel pilot/master instructions followed?

Did the employee remove himself from the work area when heaving lines were thrown, only returning to area when they had safely landed?

Did the employee understand the sequence in which lines were to be secured?

Does the candidate understand the reporting requirements for damages and defects?

Comments on practical assessment

Hand Signals

Can the employee demonstrate the appropriate hand signals for:

Slack Off

Cast Off

Make Fast

Heave Away

Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.