The Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier Bulk India ran aground in 2018 in a channel during its departure from Dampier, Western Australia when it lost steering and propulsion due to a total electrical blackout from a failed generator. The ATSB issued an investigation report on the incident.
A recent incident investigation concerning the sinking of the vessel Bourbon Rhode on 26 September 2019 in the Atlantic Ocean, revealed a safety issue which is of great importance.
NTSB issued an investigation report on the collision between the bulk carrier Century Queen and the towing vessel Kaytlin Marie on the Lower Mississippi River off Louisiana, in June 2019. The investigation highlighted lack effective communications to confirm a passing arrangement as key cause of the collision.
NTSB issued an investigation report on the contact of crane barge Mr Ervin, pushed by towing vessel Kristin Alexis, with Sunshine Bridge on the Lower Mississippi River, in October 2018. The investigation highlighted the incident was a result of poor voyage planning, lack of company oversight and watch turnover between the pilot and the Master.
NTSB issued an investigation report on the barge breakaway and contact with Webbers Falls Dam on the Arkansas River, in May 2019. The barge breakaway was attributed to the force of the river current which exceeded the capacity of the mooring wires.
Ireland’s MCIB issued an investigation report on the grounding and sinking of the fishing vessel ‘FV Dillon Owen’ in Ardglass Harbour, in October 2019. The report identified several safety issues, including lack of a formal passage plan, failure to observe the harbour’s navigation aids and the watchkeeper’s loss of spatial awareness.
JTSB issued an investigation report on the fatality of a worker onboard the cargo ship “ISHIZUCHI”, while unloading cargo at Niihama Port. The worker was hit by a bulldozer in the hold and died at around 03:39 on January 17, 2019.
The UK MAIB issued an investigation report on the loss of containers from the ship Ever Smart in October 2017. The investigation highlighted a combination of factors resulted in a loss of integrity for the whole deck cargo bay; in particular, the containers were not stowed in accordance with the cargo securing manual and container lashings might not have been secured correctly.
TSB investigation: Bulkers’ bottom contact in narrow channel linked to poor communication between masters
TSB Canada released its investigation report into the bottom contact of bulk carrier Kaministiqua with the bulk carrier Algoma Discovery, in Kahnawake, Quebec, in November 2019. The brief report highlighted issues associated with poor communication between the two Masters while manoeuvring in a narrow channel.
TSB Canada issued its investigation report on the injury during a lifeboat drill onboard the passenger vessel Amadea, while moored in Quebec, in September 2018. TSB found that manually overriding a winch system’s built-in safety feature and not wearing protective equipment contributed to the serious head injury.
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