21st of June marks ten years after the deadly capsizing of the ferry ‘Princess of the Stars’ off Romblon, at the height of Typhoon Fengshen. Resulting from a fatal combination of heavy weather and human error and causing over 800 fatalities, the accident is considered as a significant part of Philippines heavy legacy of maritime disasters.
The passenger vessel ‘Odyssey’ experienced mechanical failure as it was off Rowe’s Wharf in Boston Harbor, on Thursday, June 21. As a result, the boat hit six sailboats in the mooring field. The incident took place while the ‘Odyssey’ was getting underway for a harbor cruise with 328 passengers onboard.
AMSA announced that it will begin the attempt to locate the 81 containers that fell from the Liberian-flagged container ship ‘YM Efficiency’, due to heavy weather about 30 kilometres southeast of Newcastle, off Australia, on June 1. A subsea search for the missing containers from the YM Efficiency will begin in the next few days.
After more than three days of trying to put out the fire the broke out on a bulker at Port Kembla, firefighters managed to extinguish it. Crews used high expansion foam into the cargo hold, a strategy that proved successful. As Fire and Rescue New South Wales informed, there are no signs of smoke from the ship and field temperature levels are dropping.
In its latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB describes an incident where a foreman fell from through a hatch and down two decks. The incident happened as the crewmembers were trying to lift a test skid. The foreman landed on his right, and was immediately restrained from the other crew in order not to risk further injury. He was later transferred to a hospital.
On 10 October 2017, the Netherlands-flagged general cargo vessel ‘Ruyter’ ran aground off Rathlin Island when the master, who was the watchkeeper, left the bridge unattended. The UK MAIB issued an investigation report on the incident, noting that the master had been consuming alcohol prior to taking over the watch.
ATSB announced it has started an investigation on the fire that occurred onboard the bulk carrier ‘Iron Chieftain’ at Port Kembla, on 18 June. Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.
Dozens of people are missing and one has already been confirmed dead, after a ferry with about 80 people onboard sank Monday, while underway in Lake Toba, in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province, according to data provided by the national disaster agency. An estimated 18 people were rescued.
The US Coast Guard has initiated investigation on the fatality of a ship pilot in the port of Corpus Christi. The 65-year-old man, with an over 25 year old experience, has reportedly fell while boarding a ship, after its gangway collapsed, making him fall about 20 feet in the water, Saturday.
Ship commander Cmdr. Bryce Benson and Lt. Natalie Combs will face charges of negligent hazarding a vessel and dereliction of duty resulting in death at general courts-martial. Lt. Irian Woodley, who was on duty with Combs, will likely be separated from the Navy after a board of inquiry.
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