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Lessons learned: Sailing in shallow waters leads to grounding

In its latest Safety Digest, the UK MAIB describes a case of a yacht grounding during an ocean race. With respect to this incident, MAIB advised that every vessel sailing at sea needs a passage plan that has identified all potential hazards for the voyage ahead.

Canadian coast guard re-floats grounded cargo vessel

According to the Canadian Coast Guard, a BBC cargo ship lightly ran aground in Bay Bulls, Newfoundland, Canada on Sunday, June 30. The vessel was rapidly refloated by the Canadian Coast Guard and a commercial tug.

Australian cutter grounding linked to poor use of ECDIS

Australia’s Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued an investigation report on the grounding of the Australian Border Force cutter Roebuck Bay (ABFC Roebuck Bay) on Henry Reef, Queensland, in September 2017. The report identified an amendment on the passage plan which led the vessel to the reef and poor use of ECDIS.

Asia saw fewer total shipping losses in 2018

The frequency and cost of collision, grounding and fire incidents has increased in some areas for Asian-based ship owners and managers, but the number of total losses as a whole has reduced significantly over the past 12 months, said Allianz in its recent Shipping and Safety review 2019.

Sailing vessel aground off Magic Island, minor oil spill detected

The US Coast Guard announced that it is responding to a report of a 32-foot sailing vessel grounded off Magic Island, on June 13. Pollution responders are also on scene assessing the area, as there is a maximum potential fuel load of 27 gallons of diesel aboard. A slight sheen was reported but is expected to dissipate naturally.

Lessons learned: Towing wire failure in bad weather

In its latest Safety Digest for 2019, UK MAIB describes a case of a barge grounding due to failure of towing wire. With respect to this incident, UK MAIB advised that companies should therefore include a time frame for replacement of the towing wire eye hard socket within their operating procedures. 

Watch: Vessel runs aground after 26 passengers evacuate, Ecuador

The passenger vessel Galápagos Majestic ran aground at the north coast of Santiago island in the Galapagos Archipelago, Ecuador, during the morning of May 31st, with 26 people on board. The vessel’s hull was breached in the bow area and started to list to starboard side.

Boat with six on board runs aground

According to the USCG, the Guard along with the Capital City Fire/Rescue saved six people when their boat ran aground near Juneau, on Saturday, May 1. After saving the people, the Coast Guard crew anchored the grounded vessel and the owner plans to go and retrieve it during high tide.

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