Split Personnel Responsibilities
It cannot be overemphasized how important standard operating
procedures are in eliminating the hazards of split responsibilities between
shore and ship. Use of this section will result in Navy-wide standard
training of both shore and ship personnel in safely connecting and
disconnecting cables between a pier and a ship.
Portable Power Cable and Outlet Safety Assurance
Harsh waterfront environments provide salt spray, high humidity, and
cold temperature conditions. All these result in more rapid deterioration
of permanent installations. Portable power cables, if not adequately
barricaded are subject to abuse from the wheels of vehicles used in
industrial operations. Families welcoming Naval personnel home from
the sea and even Naval personnel and contractor personnel working on
piers have no understanding of the dangers from a damaged energized
power cable which is installed in a position accessible to the public.
Electrical Equipment Accessibility and Working Space
Electrical equipment in underground vaults is not readily accessible and
may not meet current NEC working space requirements.
220.127.116.11 Readily Accessible
The NEC defines ready accessible as capable of being reached quickly for
operation, renewal, or inspections, without requiring those to whom
ready access is requisite to climb over or remove obstacles or to resort to
portable ladders, chairs, or other such devices. Therefore all workers in
vaults need to meet the confined space requirements of Section 8.