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Bulk carrier contact with wharf associated to fatigue

NTSB issued an investigation report on the contact of the bulk carrier ‘Shandong Fu En’ with the Ergon-St. James Terminal Wharf, on the Lower Mississippi River, in April 2018. The report highlighted poor judgement resulting from fatigue as key cause of the incident. 

Pasha Bulker beaching: A mix of poor SMS, fatigue and bad weather

It is almost 12 years since the bulk carrier ‘Pasha Bulker’ came out at the Nobbys Beach of New South Wales offering an unusual spectacle for local people. The incident is an interesting case study of inadequate communication, inefficient SMS, poor judgement due to fatigue and the objective cause of extreme weather conditions.

Poor bridge resource management leads to collision

NTSB issued a report on the collision of the bulk carrier ‘Yochow’ with the articulated tug and barge ‘OSG Independence’ in the Houston Ship Channel, in June 2018. The report highlights poor bridge resource management as key cause of the accident and fatigue as a significant contributing factor. 

NTSB: Distractions, fatigue among the main problems for shipping

The US National Transportation Safety Board announced its 2019 – 2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements, during an event held at the National Press Club, on February 4. The list includes 10 improvements, of which two regard shipping as well: eliminate distractions; and reduce fatigue-related accidents.

Lessons learned from US maritime casualties in 2017

The NTSB issued its ‘Safer Seas’ annual report providing an overview of key lessons to be learned from the most major maritime casualties, noting that many of the issues noted in last year’s reports were recurring topics, such as fatigue, poor bridge resource management, and distraction. The 41 marine accidents resulted in loss of life, injuries, and significant property damage.

Learn from the past: MV Rena grounding

This October marked the 7th anniversary from New Zealand’s worst marine environmental disaster: The grounding of the Liberian-flagged container ship ‘Rena’ on the Astrolabe Reef resulted in a 200 tonnes HFO discharge into the water, while it is acclaimed as the second most expensive salvage operation in maritime history.

Fishing vessel rudder damage attributed to fatigue

In the latest issue of its LOOKOUT, Maritime NZ describes how a fatigued skipper and anchoring in an unfamiliar area during darkness, contributed to rudder damage on a fishing vessel. The investigation revealed how lack of sleep can affect judgment and risk the safety of the crew and vessel.

Unattended wheelhouse the cause of Southern Bell’s sinking off Texas

The NTSB issued an investigation report on the grounding and sinking of the fishing vessel ‘Southern Bell’ in the Gulf of Mexico, east of Sabine Pass Jetty Channel, in October 2017, that resulted in a release of approximately 3,800 gallons of diesel and oil into the water and in vessel total loss.

Fatigue causes barge’s sinking and marine oil spill

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada issued an investigation report on the grounding of articulated tug-barge composed of the tug’ Nathan E. Stewart’ and the tank barge ‘DBL 55’, resulting in the barge’s sinking and an oil discharge into the water. The report indicated fatigue as the key cause of the accident. 


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