These incidents led vessels drifting to coastline or requiring assistance to emergency anchorage
INTERTANKO has received a Safety Alert Bulletin from International Marine Transportation Limited (ExxonMobil) saying that there has been an increase in the number of incidents attributable to main engine control failures. In a number of cases, such incidents have led to vessels drifting relatively close to the coastline, or requiring to be assisted to an emergency anchorage.
This bulletin is to highlight this increasing trend and to encourage an internal review of main engine control system (remote/emergency) operations, inspections and maintenance procedures, aimed at minimising such failures.
Prudent passage planning includes assessing the potential for the loss of propulsion and identifies mitigating actions to address such events. However, only the rapid restoration of propulsion control will ensure the safety of a vessel, its crew and the environment.
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Source : INTERTANKO