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Ferry caught in storm due to improper weather forecasting

The Marine Casualty Investigation Board released its report about the heavy rolling of the ‘MV Epsilon’, on February 8, 2016, while it was sailing from Cherbourg in France. As a result, ten passengers and two crew members got injured. The senior Master was of the view that the vessel could outrun the weather.

Rescue boat drives on land in Norway

The rescue boat ‘Idar Ulstein’ drove on land due to high speed, at Sunnmøre, Norway, on November 29. The boat had three people on board during the incident, all of whom are not injured seriously, while local media report that there has been an oil spill.

LNG tanker hits berth at Sakhalin Energy

The LNG tanker ‘Grand Elena’ hit a berth at Russia’s Sakhalin Energy project, carrying 145,000 cubic metres of LNG. The accident took place on November 27 and it is not clear when the ship will leave the port. The production was not affected, while an investigation into the in incident is ongoing.

USS John S. McCain leaves dry dock after collision repairs

The US warship USS John S. McCain was successfully launched from dry dock and moored pierside at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, on 27 November. The ship entered dry dock at the Navy’s Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center in Yokosuka in February, to undergo repairs from the damage it sustained in a major collision with a merchant ship in August 2017.

Two crewmen burned in cruise ship engine room accident

Two crew members have reportedly suffered second-degree burns on the cruise ship ‘Norwegian Escape’, while the ship was underway off North Carolina, according to data provided by the US Coast Guard. The USCG medevaced the two crewmen, approximately 24 miles southeast of Atlantic Beach, on Monday evening.

Fire erupts on new Russian icebreaker at St. Petersburg

Two people were injured after a fire erupted onboard the new Russian diesel-electric icebreaker ‘Viktor Chernomyrdin’ which is currently under construction at Admiralty Shipyards, in St. Petersburg. The fire was first reported at about 1900 hrs Tuesday, engulfing an area of 300 square meters, on the third and fourth of the ship’s decks.

Worker dies on platform off Brazil

According to the Brazilian oil workers’ union Sindipetro-NF, an offshore oil worker died on the PNA-2 platform, on November 25. The accident took place while the worker was servicing a crane. On Sunday afternoon, the worker was killed by the accident that occurred on PNA-2 platform while he was operating a crane and was crushed by the equipment.

Dynamic loading contributes to deck slewing crane failure

Transport Malta’s MSIU issued an investigation report on the slewing deck crane failure onboard the Maltese-flagged product tanker ‘Bozdag’, while the ship was in the port of Tallinn, on 28 November 2017. The report revealed that the dynamic loading and the sudden halt of the free falling loads were two major contributing factors to the failure of the deck slewing crane.

Injury while mooring: Time took higher priority over safety

Transport Malta’s MSIU issued an investigation report into a serious injury onboard the Maltese-registered product tanker ‘Santa Maria’, in November 2017. The report indicated as immediate cause of the accident the crew member’s fall in close proximity to the rotating warping drum.


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