Two years after the VLOC Stellar Daisy sank along with almost its entire crew in the South Atlantic Ocean, the Marshall Islands issued the investigation report on the accident, identifying a 'catastrophic structural failure of the ship’s hull' as key cause of the accident.
The NTSB issued an investigation report on the flooding and sinking of the towing vessel 'Nancy C' on Lower Mississippi River, near Dyersville, Tennessee, in March 2018. The investigation identified poor maintenance as key cause of the incident.
Transport Malta released its report on the fatal fall of a stevedore inside a cargo hold on the 'Eugenia B'. The incident took place on 30 November 2017, when a stevedore fell during cargo operations. He was transferred to the hospital but he succumbed to his injuries.
Bulk carriers constitute a significant fragment of the global maritime transport of goods, making up 15–17% of the world's merchant fleets. Bulk carrier operations require careful planning and preparation to maintain cargo quality as is and to avoid any delays and disputes. One critical aspect of this preparation is the cargo hold cleaning.
The Bahamas Maritime Authority issued a technical alert to highlight issues concerning sprinkler heads, related to leaking bulbs and external corrosion effects, which can impair the automatic release of the sprinkler head.