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NTSB confirms poor oversight over USS John S McCain collision

Insufficient training, inadequate bridge operating procedures and a lack of operational oversight were the key causes of the fatal collision between the USS John S McCain and the tanker Alnic MC in August 2017, the official report by the US National Transportation Safety Board revealed. 

Grounded bulk carrier off Falmouth Bay had no insurance

The UK MAIB issued an investigation report on the grounding of bulk carrier ‘Kuzma Minin’ in Falmouth Bay, in December 2018. The report highlights the unexpected pressures caused during salvage efforts due to the vessel’s lack of P&I insurance. 

Dredger fire in Texas: Crew was not informed of utilities in the area

The US NTSB issued an investigation report on the explosion and fire involving the dredger ‘Jonathon King Boyd’ and its towboat ‘Bayou Chevron’ in Matagorda Bay, in April 2018. The report highlighted the company’s failure to inform the crew about utilities in the area due to ineffective oversight. 

Incorrect securement causes rescue boat fall from ferry

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) issued an investigation report on the uncontrolled fall of a rescue boat during a drill onboard the RoRo passenger ferry ‘Queen of Cumberland’ in April 2018 off British Columbia, that caused two injuries. The investigation found that incorrect securement led to the fall. 

Inefficient lookout leads to fatal vessel sinking

Transport Malta’s MSIU issued an investigation report on the collision and subsequent foundering of the fishing vessel ‘Mohammed Badry’ off Tunisia in July 2018 that killed one fisherman. The report stresses that the attention of the bridge look-outs on both vessels was likely directed elsewhere.

Seafarer’s deadly fall attributed to lack of barrier systems

Transport Malta’s MSIU issued an investigation report on the fatal fall of a crew member onboard the general cargo ship ‘MV Altenavi’ while underway in the Black Sea. The safety investigation identified missing physical and symbolic barrier systems inside the cargo hold from where it is believed that the seafarer fell.

BSU draws attention on watertight integrity after collision

Germany’s Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation (BSU) drew operators attention in a recent collision incident involving a container ship and a fishing vessel on the river Elbe off Stadersand earlier in 2019. The BSU highlighted issues associated with watertight integrity.

MCIB investigation: Capsizing leads to fatality on River Suir

Ireland’s MCIB issued an investigation report on the fatality of a trainee kayak instructor during kayaking on the River Suir in November 2017. The report mentions that while the other kayakers saw their colleague capsize, they did not attempt going over the weir and assumed that he would exit the water safely.

Commercial boat collides with a mooring buoy, four minor injuries

UK MAIB focuses on a collision that took place between an inflatable boat and a mooring buoy, on River Thames in London. The collision resulted to two passengers and the boat’s two crews, with minor injuries, that were later transmitted to the hospital. In the meantime, the commercially operated rigid inflatable boat suffered severe damages.


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