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Adopting a formal alcohol policy in ports is vital

In its latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB’s accident report is about the fatal incident of a deckhand; The crew of a fishing vessel was looking for the deckhand during their operations and found his body under the adjacent fishing vessel. The investigation revealed that the deckhand, the night before, attempted to urinate while drunk, which caused him to fall in the sea. 

Lessons Learned: Do not load cargoes excluded from the IMSBC Code

In the latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB focuses on an explosion accident, according to which the master of a cargo vessel received unambiguous loading instructions that led to two explosions in the forecastle store. A crewmember that was in the room with the explosions suffered severe burns, whereas the investigation showed that the cargo was not in the IMSBC Code.

Accidents related to ISM Code failures: What we have learned so far

A major benefit of the ISM Code is that it encourages lessons to be learned from incidents. Thus, we have compiled a list of accidents related to ISM Code failures to highlight lessons learned. Besides, by learning lessons, safety procedures can be reviewed and amended to reduce risk of occurrence.

Sailing vessel aground off Magic Island, minor oil spill detected

The US Coast Guard announced that it is responding to a report of a 32-foot sailing vessel grounded off Magic Island, on June 13. Pollution responders are also on scene assessing the area, as there is a maximum potential fuel load of 27 gallons of diesel aboard. A slight sheen was reported but is expected to dissipate naturally.

USCG: Findings of Concern on high speed craft operations

The US Coast Guard released Findings of Concern on ‘High Speed Craft Operations Manuals,’ regarding an incident where a high speed catamaran passenger ferry allided with a rock jetty at over 30 knots, injuring 15 passengers.

Inexperienced pilot the cause of fatal towing vessel sinking

NTSB published its report on the capsizing and sinking of the towing vessel Natalie Jean, on March 12, 2018, on the Lower Mississippi River near New Orleans, Louisiana. Two of the three crewmembers on board the towboat died in the accident. The NTSB determined that the probable cause of the capsizing and sinking of the Natalie Jean was the company’s decision to place an inadequately vetted pilot on board the vessel.

Machinery failure the top cause of shipping incidents in last decade

Machinery failure (including engine failure) has risen as the top cause of shipping incidents over the past decade, a trend that is unlikely to change anytime soon, given rising repair costs and concerns over maintenance levels and larger vessels, said Allianz (AGCS) in its latest Shipping and Safety review.

Injured Filipino seafarer medevaced in Vietnam for care

As local sources report, a 46-year-old sailor from the Philippines suffered critical injuries in an accident, that took place during cargo holding operations. The sailor was onboard ‘Bulk Japan’ bulk carrier. The crewmember suffered spine and breast injuries and crashed arm with massive blood loss. 

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