hazardous weather at sea

Making hard choices for materials that last the distance

DESMI gained a solid reputation over the years for selecting exactly the right materials for its products to withstand the damaging effects of harsh environments. Aiming for a small-footprint system that uses a novel approach to ballast water treatment is a combination that has enabled DESMI CompactClean with its ability to kill organisms within just two hours, surpassing the USCG TA tests’ mandatory 24-hour holding time.

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. 

Unpredictable weather brings new loss scenarios for shipping

In its latest Shipping and Safety Review, Allianz discussed how the changing weather patterns observed in the last years are disrupting supply chain, resulting in physical damage shipping incidents. The report cited recent examples, such as record low water levels on the Rhine and Elbe rivers and high water in Mississippi.

Three on rescue boat dead during Storm Miguel

According to local sources, three crewmembers of a rescue boat died after the vessel ran aground off the Western French coast during a rescue mission. Storm Miguel was raging over the Vendée coastline with gusts of up to 129 km/h. 

USCG issues hurricane reporting requirements for Gulf of Mexico

The US Coast Guard issued its reporting requirements for the upcoming hurricane season at the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf, requesting that operators of all manned facilities and MODUs report only when personnel were stranded onboard AND not able to evacuate due to extreme circumstances.

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. 

Timeline of ten largest ships lost in 2018

In its Shipping and Safety Review for 2019, Allianz provided an overview of the top ten largest ships lost in 2018. The largest ship lost in 2018 was the explosion and sinking of the Iranian tanker ‘Sanchi’ off Shanghai in the very first days of the year. 

Good anchoring practice during rough weather

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. 

Ten tips for coping with weather at sea

Weather at sea is a deadly serious and always relevant safety issue. The weather can make the difference between a prosperous or loss-making voyage, can cause injury to crew and passengers and can even lead to the loss of a ship. 

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