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Lessons learned: Missing gasket causes cargo hold flooding

In its monthly safety scenario for September, the Swedish Club describes a case of cargo hold flooding which was attributed to a tank missing a gasket to the manhole. Also, the bilge sensor was broken and heavily corroded, although it had been inspected a couple of days previously and found at the time to be in good condition.

NTSB investigation: Captain’s poor decision linked to vessel sinking

NTSB issued an investigation report on the flooding and sinking of the commercial fishing vessel Pacific 1 while in the Bering Sea, Alaska, in February 2019. The report identified the master’s decision to remain at sea with continuous flooding as key cause of the sinking. 

Study surveys people vulnerable to sea level rise

A study launched in 2019 presented the results of a survey concerning people currently occupying global land below projected high tide lines for 2100 under low carbon emissions, up from 110 M today, for a median increase of 80 M.

Hurricane Dorian hits Bahamas, moving to Florida

At least five people were killed as the Hurricane Dorian pounded the Bahamas on Monday, causing vast floodings and evacuation of more than one million people in US coast. The US National Hurricane Center said the storm is still stationary just north of Grand Bahama Island.

Firefighting water contributes to vessel’s sinking

NTSB issued an investigation report on a fire and explosion incident onboard the fishing vessel ‘Hit List’ while in Merrimack River, in August 2018. The investigation found the fire was caused by failure of a hydraulic hose fitting. Meanwhile, the water used for firefighting efforts contributed to the vessel’s sinking. 

Lack of crew training and compliance with procedures leads to fatality

Ireland’s Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) issued an investigation report on a fatal incident involving the fishing vessel ‘Aisling Patrick’ 15 nm off Broadhaven, Co Mayo, on 10th April 2018, that resulted in one fatality. The report highlighted poor training and maintenance, as well as inefficient EPIRB.