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11 die after collision on Volga river, Captain found drunk

Eleven people died following collision of a catamaran with a cargo barge in the Volga river, about 250 meters from the riverbank, on Monday evening. Five people were rescued, three of whom were hospitalized. Violation of catamaran maneuvering rules due to intoxication is considered the key cause of the accident.

USCG rescues yacht lost in fog

The US Coast Guard located a motor vessel with 49 people onboard after one of the passengers called 911 reporting her concerns that the operator had become disoriented in heavy fog off of Navy Pier near the Chicago Harbor breakwall, on Saturday, June 9. The master of the vessel was issued a violation for negligent operations and for operating without the required navigation lights.

Improper lookout the cause of ships’ collision off Australia

On 23 June 2015, in daylight with clear visibility, ‘Jag Arnav’ and ‘Total Response’ collided about 26 NM north-west of Bunbury, Western Australia. Jag Arnav sustained minor damage and no injuries to the crew. The ATSB investigation identified the poor lookout and lack of alertness as key causes of the accident. 

USCG, bulk carrier rescue boaters stranded 21 days at sea

The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley along with the Liberian-flagged bulk carrier ship Skiathos rescued three stranded boaters, a man and two women, on June 8, 75 nautical miles south of Puerto Rico. The three were stranded at the Caribbean Sea for 21 days, after their boat became disabled and adrift.

Wallem ship saves six fishermen

On Saturday 9th June 2018, the Captain and crewmembers of the Wallem-managed vessel the ‘KSL Seoul’ rescued six fishermen after their boat was involved in an accident and it was capsized. ‘KSL Seoul’ was sailing through the Mindoro Strait heading to Port Walcott in West Australia when they spotted the capsized fishing boat,

Six rescued from sinking vessel off California

A US Coast Guard helicopter and boat crews rescued six people from a sinking vessel 12 miles southeast of Channel Islands Harbor, on Sunday, June 10. There were no reported injuries and all six boaters were reunited at Coast Guard Station Channel Islands Harbor. The mariners were prepared to abandon ship with life jackets on.

Poorly secured load falls from trailer

According to IMCA, two articulated lorries with 20’ trailers were organised to move equipment, including lifeboat davits, a power-pack, winches and sheave blocks, from one location to another. However, the load of one of the trailers feel as it was inadequately secured. The equipment did not sustain any other serious damages.

Intermediate bulk container falls due to inappropriate risk assessment

IMCA reported an incident where an intermediate bulk container was dropped from a crane to deck. The incident happened when a vessel crane was being used with a certified lifting device to lift and move an IBC containing 1000kg of monoethylene glycol. The IBC fell about 3.5 metres to the deck and burst open, spilling the contents.

Awareness of equipment position crucial for safe operations

IMCA reported two near miss incidents involving potential dropped objects. The objects were left on top of a temporary buoyancy module during the installation of a tension leg platform. In the first incident, two subsea lamps were on top of the TBM and in the second a rigging crew reported a wire cable retaining pin lying loose on top a TBM.

Riser moves unexpectedly away from ship

IMCA informs about a riser that moved unexpectedly away from the vessel. The incident occurred during the deployment of a production riser from a hang-off frame located starboard aft. IMCA said that the causes of the incident were a lack of risk perception and the failure to follow procedures.


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