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Harvest Caroline: A case study on improper safety management

Several maritime casualties have been attributed to ISM-associated issues. SAFETY4SEA chose to focus today on the grounding of the general cargo ship ‘Harvest Caroline’ which constitutes an interesting case study of how inconsistent implementation of ISM can lead to unpleasant situations. 

US Court sentences man to four years for Seaman’s Manslaughter

US Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that a 30-year-old man from Cushing, Maine was sentenced in US District Court by Judge D. Brock Hornby to four years in prison and three years of supervised release for Seaman’s Manslaughter for causing the death of two crewmen who were then 26 and 15 years old. The man pleaded guilty on September 25, 2018.

MOL suspends master of cruise ship after allision in Guam, US

Mitsui O.S.K. Passenger Line, a part of Japan’s shipping major MOL, suspended the Master of the cruise ship Nippon Maru, after the vessel allided into a U.S. Navy fuel pier in Apra Harbor in the Port of Guam on December 30, 2018. Neither passengers, nor crewmembers were injured and there was no fuel spill from the collision.

New Zealand: Captain fined and removed from position after found drunk

The Captain of the Panama-registered oil and chemical tanker ‘Pegasus’ was fined $1,000 and removed from his position for exceeding the alcohol limit in New Zealand waters, prior departing New Plymouth on the evening of December 11. Maritime NZ’s Regional Manager Central, Michael-Paul Abbott, said that the sentencing is a strong reminder for seafarers.

MCIB report: Crew fatality on RoRo ferry during trailer loading

Ireland’s Marine Casualty Investigation Board issued an accident report on a fatal incident onboard the RoRo ferry ‘European Endeavour’. While the ferry was loading the vehicular cargo, on 22nd June 2017, in Dublin, one of the crew was found unconscious at the rear of a trailer. After unsuccessful resuscitation attempts, he was declared dead.

Poor weather, alcohol can negatively affect risk perception

UK MAIB informs of a fatality on board a fishing vessel. Namely, a crew man lost his life when he fell in between two vessels. Before the fatality, the crewmembers of the fishing boat were drinking in a bar close to the harbour. Poor weather and the level of alcohol in his system is likely to have adversely affected his risk perception.

The legal implications of Drugs and Alcohol at sea

The Shipowners Club issued a revised edition of its ‘Drugs and Alcohol at Sea’ booklet, to encourage healthy lifestyle onboard. The guide includes signs to assist operators in identifying drug and alcohol related issues onboard, legal implications, as well as loss prevention advice. 

USCG terminates cruiser voyage after operator found drunk

The US Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a 35-foot cabin cruiser, after the operator was found boating under the influence of alcohol, Sunday in the Miami River. The station crew terminated the vessel’s voyage due to the operator failing both the field sobriety and Breathalyzer tests.

Six Royal Navy sailors arrested on drunk shore leave

Six Royal Navy sailors from the UK’s newest and largest aircraft carrier ‘HMS Queen Elizabeth’, have been arrested Wednesday in Florida, allegedly over drinking and misbehaving in public. HMS Queen Elizabeth set sail from Portsmouth on its first transatlantic voyage on 18 August.

Alcohol a key factor of crewman’s fatal fall overboard fishing vessel

On 12 November 2017, a deckhand on the fishing vessel Illustris entered the water after probably falling overboard. He had spent the afternoon and evening ashore and had just returned to the vessel. Although the deckhand’s fall was not witnessed, postmortem examination report indicated high level of alcohol.

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