Skuld P&I Club provided information on good anchoring practices, as the safety of anchoring can be affected by the wrong anchoring operations and the increased traffic of ships as well as undesirable weather conditions. An improper anchoring could cause damage and loss to the vessel, other vessels, property and the environment.
hazardous weather at sea
Japan P&I published a loss prevention bulletin on marine weather and the ship handling in rough seas. Navigating in rough weather conditions deserves extra attention from ship operators; Waves caused by winds and swell from several directions results to vessels experiencing a number of oscillations.
Accidents involving ships at anchor usually occur when the anchor drags and the vessel drifts without holding power, leading to collisions, groundings or strandings. In a recent Loss prevention guide, the Japan P&I Club shared key countermeasures for preventing an anchor dragging in stormy weather.
The Committee on the US Marine Transportation System issued the Maritime Transportation Extreme Weather Task Force report, providing recommendations and identified opportunities for improving industry response and policies in case of extreme weather events and preventing marine casualties from heavy weather.
Heavy weather caused the vessel to roll and pitch despite the master’s efforts to alleviate the motion by altering course and speed. This set in motion a “domino effect” whereby cargo units progressively broke free and shifted, resulting in extensive damage to ship structure and cargo, with a number of units being lost overboard.
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