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New Zealand: ‘Prep, check, know message’ for safer recreational boating

New Zealand initiates its annual Safer Boating week, following a fatal winter that led to a number of boating deaths, as until now, 18 people have died in recreational boating accidents, compared to just four in the whole of last year, while 12 of this year’s fatalities have been since the end of March.

Lessons learned: Master injured after falling into opened hatch

In its latest Safety Digest, the UK MAIB describes an accident of a Master’s injury onboard a tug, which was caused by miscommunication and not proper sharing of information. The Master fell through a hatchway which was open while contractors were conducting operations. 

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.

Skipper unable to slow down vessel, collides with wind turbine tower

In the latest edition of Safety Digest, UK MAIB focuses on a collision, when a crew transfer vessel collided with a wind turbine power, as the pitch control rod on the starboard controllable pitch propeller system was stuck, making the skippers attempts to slow down the vessel unsuccessful. 

Watch: USCG medevacs crew member from tanker off Texas

The US Coast Guard medevaced a crewmember from the crude oil tanker Paramount Hanover, approximately 92 miles offshore of Galveston, Texas, on October 5. The crewmember was experiencing severe abdominal pain. The Air Station Houston helicopter crew hoisted the patient and transferred him to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston where he was reported to be in stable condition.

Two cruise members fall into the water at Port of Quebec

Two crewmembers from the Celebrity Summit cruise ship were rescued from the waters of the St. Lawrence River, after allegedly jumping over the side during a call at the Port of Quebec. Both men suffered hypothermia and were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Chief officer dead after being struck by gangway

The Hong Kong Merchant Marine Department issued a marine information concerning an officer who was confirmed dead after being struck by the vessel’s gangway, after also denying medical treatment that the doctor proposed.

Tug capsizes due to lack of training and oversight

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada discusses a capsize incident, where the George H Ledcor was towing another barge and resulted to the former’s capsize.The event resulted to a seriously injured crewmember and an unknown quantity of oil spill. 

Watch: Tanker fire injures ten in South Korea

Ten people have been injured after a fire that broke out on the Stolt Groenland, a 43,478dwt tanker spread to the Bow Dalian, a 9,118dwt tanker, while in the Port of Ulsan, South Korea, on Saturday 29 September.

Container ship collides with tanker at Port of Piraeus

An ultra large container vessel (ULCV) collided with a small chemical tanker off the Port of Piraeus, Greece on September 26. According to initial information, two of the 13 crew of the tanker sustained injuries, while no injuries were reported on the container ship.

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