lessons learned

Improper safety management attributed to fatal motorboat sinking

DMAIB has issued an investigation report on the sinking of the small German motorboat RIGI, in Faxe Bay, Denmark, about 1 nm from shore. The investigation showed that the choice of boat, its equipment, its operation, and its manning influenced the events on the day of the accident. 

Crankcase breach of port main engine leads to fire

The US  National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued an investigation report on the engine room fire onboard the towing vessel ‘Leland Speakes’ on the Lower Mississippi River, in February 2018. A catastrophic failure and crankcase breach of the port main engine caused the fire. 

Improper operation of crane leads to fatal accident

The US Coast Guard released the results of the January 31 crane accident in the Coast Guard buoy yard in Homer, which resulted in the death of Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski. The investigation found improper operation of the shoreside crane was the direct cause of the mishap.

Lessons learned: Man overboard during rescue boat maintenance

Transport Malta’s Marine Safety Investigation Unit issued an investigation report on a man overboard incident involving the Maltese-registered bulk carrier ‘Seastar Endeavour’ in the North Sea Deep Water Route, on 20 May. No crew member had witnessed the accident and the man was never found. 

Viking Islay enclosed space fatalities: Rescuers becoming victims

It has been almost 12 years since the enclosed space fatality incident onboard the ERRV vessel Viking Islay off UK that shocked shipping community as three men died successively trying to rescue one another. Enclosed space entry has been over the years the hidden enemy for crews.

Pasha Bulker beaching: A mix of poor SMS, fatigue and bad weather

It is almost 12 years since the bulk carrier ‘Pasha Bulker’ came out at the Nobbys Beach of New South Wales offering an unusual spectacle for local people. The incident is an interesting case study of inadequate communication, inefficient SMS, poor judgement due to fatigue and the objective cause of extreme weather conditions.

Miscommunication leads to bulk carrier grounding

The German Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation published its report on the Panama-registered bulk carrier Glory Amsterdam, which ran aground about 1.6 nm north of the German North Sea island of Langeoog. The BSU reported that the ship’s command of the Glory Amsterdam had not unequivocally understood the Nordic’s mission and legal basis upon which she was operating at the scene

Vessel hits wind turbine as master takes unnecessary risk

The German Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation published its report on the offshore supply vessels Vos Stone, which hit a wind turbine under construction. Both the ship and the turbine were damaged, while three people sustained minor injuries. BSU said that the master took an unnecessary risk in testing the ship’s emergency control system.

Bourbon Dolphin: A tragic example of ISM non-compliance

As part of its series on maritime casualties related to ISM non-conformities, SAFETY4SEA focuses today on the sinking of the Anchor Handling Tug ‘Bourbon Dolphin’, which led to eight fatalities. In opposition to ISM Code, the operating company had not examined whether the vessel was suitable for the operation.

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