Skipper unable to slow down vessel, collides with wind turbine tower

In the latest edition of Safety Digest, UK MAIB focuses on a collision, when a crew transfer vessel collided with a wind turbine power, as the pitch control rod on the starboard controllable pitch propeller system was stuck, making the skippers attempts to slow down the vessel unsuccessful. 

Watch: Cruise ship collided with cargo vessel on Danube river

The Phoenix Reisen river cruise ship Prinzessin Isabella collided with an unidentified Panama-flagged cargo ship in Tulcea waters, Romania, Danube, in the early morning of Saturday, 5 October. The cargo vessel which was proceeding upstream en route to Galati, severely damaged the cruise ship with 165 passengers on board and was sailing downstream to Tulcea at the time of the collision.

Lessons learned: Good visibility not enough to prevent collision

The UK MAIB analyzed a case of a collision between a Ro-Ro passenger ferry and a motor cruiser, which was linked to insufficient lookout, despite fine weather and good visibility. Even in such conditions, other vessels can be easily missed if nobody is looking out for them, MAIB underlined. 

Sanchi: The world’s worst oil tanker disaster in decades

As part of its “Learn from the past” series, SAFETY4SEA is focusing today on the Sanchi disaster, which claims the world’s worst oil tanker disaster in decades, less than two years after it collided with ‘CF Crystal’ on East China Sea and took lives of 32 people while causing a vast oil pollution.

Container ship collides with tanker at Port of Piraeus

An ultra large container vessel (ULCV) collided with a small chemical tanker off the Port of Piraeus, Greece on September 26. According to initial information, two of the 13 crew of the tanker sustained injuries, while no injuries were reported on the container ship.

Investigation for two-vessel collision at Laotieshan Channel

Transport Malta launched an investigation on the collision of two vessels, that took place on September 8 2018; The vessels both suffered structural damages, yet there were no injuries reported. Based on the information already available, the safety investigation will be focussing on several areas related to the navigation aspect and the dynamics of the events that led to the collision.

Breakaway barges hit San Jacinto River bridge

The US Coast Guard informed that it is responding after at least two barges struck the I-10 San Jacinto River Bridge near Channelview, Texas, on Friday, September 20. Namely, nine barges broke away from the moorings. At least two barges hit the bridge, which sustained significant damage to its concrete pilings.

USS John S McCain collision: A prime example of poor oversight

On 21 August 2017 one of the deadliest accidents in the history of US Navy took place. As the US warship ‘John S McCain’ was sailing in the Singapore Strait, one of the busiest waterways in the world, it collided with the Liberian-flagged chemical tanker ‘Alnic MC’. The result? Ten sailors of the US warship lost their lives, while 48 more were injured, in what is considered an example of lack of effective operational oversight.


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