lessons learned

MCIB investigation: Drifting cargo ship runs aground after abandonment

Ireland’s Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) issued an investigation report on the grounding of the general cargo ship MV Alta at Ballyandreen Bay, Ballycotton, Co. Cork, on 16 February 2020. The ship suffered a mechanical breakdown and was abandoned and set adrift by its owners and crew in October 2018.

RMI investigation: Fatality of crew member in cargo hold

RMI issued an investigation report on the fatality of a crew member onboard the cargo ship Singapore Spirit while underway, in March 2020. The seafarer was working alone in a cargo hold at the time of the incident. The investigation highlighted non-compliance with the enclosed space entry procedures. 

Lessons learned: Grounding caused by engine failure

In its Monthly Safety Scenario, the Swedish P&I Club describes a case of a bulk carrier grounding caused by engine failure. Shortly after departing port, a main engine slowdown alarm was triggered due to a loss of cooling water in the main engine. The Master ordered half head, but there was no response from the engine. 

JTSB investigation: Not checking course signals linked to ships collision

JTSB issued an investigation report on the collision of the oil/chemical tanker EOS with the cargo ship AISHO No.8, in the Nagoya Port North Passage, Aichi Prefecture, in March 2019. The investigation stressed that each master respectively attempted to avoid the incident, but course signals made using international signal flags were not checked and VHF communication was not maintained.

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