hazardous weather at sea

Arctic conditions delay salvage operation for trawler until 2020

The removal of the Northguider trawler that grounded in early 2019, in a in the Hinlopen Strait, has been postponed for next year as announced by the Norwegian Coastal Administration, as the salvage company found out that the grounded vessel suffered more damage than what they initially expected. 

1 killed, 3 injured onboard ferry due to rough weather

Grimaldi Group’s ro-ro ferry was sailing towards Porto Torres, when it experienced rough weather conditions, resulting to one seafarers being killed and three more being injured onboard the ro/ro Euroferry Malta vessel.

Tanker on anchorage runs aground because of a category 2 typhoon

In September’s monthly scenario, the Swedish club reports of a tanker that was run aground because of the typhoon. The vessel was anchored off an Asian port when a category 2 typhoon led to the wind increasing to more than Beaufort scale 12. The crew abandoned the vessel, while there were no injuries or pollution reported. 

Four crewmembers severely injured when wave breaks over the vessel

As the National Sea Rescue Institute reports, a breaking wave is said to have injured four Filipino crewmen onboard a bulk carrier that was approaching Port Elizabeth. The wave broke over the vessel at sea off-shore of the vicinity of Port Edward on Tuesday, August 6.

Grounded bulk carrier off Falmouth Bay had no insurance

The UK MAIB issued an investigation report on the grounding of bulk carrier ‘Kuzma Minin’ in Falmouth Bay, in December 2018. The report highlights the unexpected pressures caused during salvage efforts due to the vessel’s lack of P&I insurance. 

Heavy weather leads to lost containers

The Swedish Club in its August monthly safety scenario focuses on a large container vessel that was sailing on a SE course in the North Atlantic, bound for a European port. While sailing the weather got worse and the wind reached Beaufort scale 9, resulting to 7-metre waves. The vessel was hit on its starboard side, causing heavy rolling. The maximum rolling was 20o to starboard and 30o to port.

Three dead after catamaran capsizes off Newcastle

Three people died and two were rescued after a catamaran capsized in heavy seas off Newcastle, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) informed after completing search and rescue operations. A total of five people were onboard at the time, including a teenage girl.

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. 

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. 

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