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Rescue boat unintentionally released into sea, damages ship

DMAIB released its report about an unintended release of a rescue boat on 6 December 2017, in Norway. The accident happened as an annual survey of the ship, “BERGENS-FJORD”, was about to take place. As part of the survey, the crew had to lower the rescue boat to sea level according to the ship’s procedures.

Car carrier on fire at Port of Incheon

A Panama-registered car carrier called “Auto Banner”, caught fire while it was anchored at the South Korean port of Incheon, on Monday May 21. All of the crewmembers were safely evacuated. One of the cars’ engine was probably overheated, catching fire, which then spread.

China, Iran, Panama sign report on Sanchi disaster

Just four months after the fatal collision and explosion of the Iranian oil tanker ‘Sanchi’ off Shanghai, China, Iran and Panama have signed an investigation report on the accident, the Chinese Ministry of Transport informed. However, the parties seem to disagree regarding the exact cause of the disaster.

Two technicians fall from poorly maintained pilot ladder

UK MAIB describes a pilot ladder incident in its latest Safety Digest. Three engineering technicians were ready to disembark a bulk carrier, using a pilot ladder. When two of the technicians were on the ladder, it failed and the two of them fell from a respectable height. Both were transferred to hospital, as they had sustained injuries.

Small motor cruiser owner poisoned from carbon monoxide

In its latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB deals with an incident involving monoxide poisoning. The owner of a small motor cruiser was trying to pump out water off of the engine compartment bilge. However, a little later a friend called the owner, without answer. Shortly after, paramedics found the owner unconscious, he was transferred to hospital, but never recovered consciousness.

Lessons learned from incorrect oxygen welding gas hose

In its latest Safety Flashes, IMCA presents a case of a fire due to incorrectly selected oxygen welding gas hose, during a routine cutting job onboard a ship. There were no injuries or ship damage, but investigation later revealed that the hose had been recently replaced with one that did not comply with ISO 14113 specification.

Lessons learned from ship’s contact with rig legs

In its latest Safety Flash for May, IMCA presents a ship’s contact with the legs of a rig which, although not causing any damage, highlighted the Master’s inadequate understanding of hazards while manoeuvring in heavy weather, as well as the lack of a proper planning before manoeuvring operations.

Poor judgement leads to allision of three loaded barges with bridge

On 11 March 2017, the towing vessel ‘Steve Plummer’ was pushing three loaded barges on the Cumberland River, Tennessee. As the tow passed beneath the CSX Railroad Bridge at mile 190.4, the second and third barges allided with the bridge’s upstream guard pier. The two barges sustained damage.

Bulk carriers collide after loss of AIS transmission

Transport Malta released its report about the 17 May 2017 accident, when Gortynia, a fully laden cape size bulk carrier, collided with the bulk carrier DZ Qingdao in Singapore Strait. Gortynia sustained major damage to her port side forward ballast tanks, while DZ Qingdao also sustained major damages to her bow.

Inadequate maintenance prevents vessel to anchor during emergency

UK MAIB in its latest Safety Digest presents a case where a windfarm support vessel was trying to anchor when the low fuel pressure alarm on the starboard engine sounded. When a crewman released the windlass the anchor failed to ‘free fall’. As the vessel was in danger, the master called the coastguard, a lifeboat was deployed and the vessel was towed safely.


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