lessons learned

Skipper fined over ferry grounding in Wellington

A skipper has been fined $1,688 after speeding and grounding the passenger ferry ‘City Cat’ in New Zealand. The ferry grounded at 17 knots, in a 5 knot area, on a rock at Karaka Bay on 16 April 2017. Maritime NZ informed the skipper did not have the correct navigational charts, did not maintain proper look-out and had repeatedly traveled at excessive speed prior to the grounding.

Right handling of scaffold tower can prevent injuries

Transport Malta published a Safety Investigation Report concerning the injury of an AB, reporting that the factor of the accident was the release of the securing lashings at the time when the crew member was still on the mobile scaffold tower. The company was recommended to make sure that climbing of scaffold is always done from the inside.

Officer forgets to insert a waypoint in GPS, ship runs aground

In its Monthly Safety Scenario for November, the Swedish P&I club analyzes a case of a ship grounding due to insufficient checking of the passage plan. When creating the passage plan, it is suggested that the plan is double checked by another officer to ensure all waypoints have been selected.

Inappropriate modification leads to accident

UK MAIB informed of a pressure accident onboard a multicat vessel. Operators carried out an unrecorded modification to the supply fan flap support brackets, without consulting the shipbuilder, which led two crew members to be sucked into the engine room with severe force. MAIB advised that any modifications need to consider all aspects of the application being altered.

Lessons learned: A PFD or lifejacket is useless unless worn

In its latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB analyzed an accident concerning an open boat that was upturned in the sea. The skipper was fortunate enough to escape without using a life vessel, although he was not wearing his lifejacket, as he was carrying a waterproof mobile phone. MAIB highlighted that automatic cut-offs and other such devices should be properly maintained and tested in order to be efficient. 

Use of drugs on board can lead to serious accidents

UK MAIB published this accident report where a deckhand was carried away from a small potter by a 2kts tidal stream. The deckhand jumped into the water to cut the backline of a string of pots that had fouled the starboard propeller, despite the fact that the vessel’s skipper had arranged for a nearby fishing vessel to assist.

Mechanical linkages can lead to accidents when not checked

In its latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB published a report concerning a passenger vessel that had trouble using its engines due to rare checking of mechanical linkages; as a result it hit the pier many times and grounded. Fortunately, all passengers were uninjured and no major damage was caused to the vessel.

Overwhelmed bilge pump leads to sinking

UK MAIB analyzed the sinking of a fishing vessel as its bilge pump was overwhelmed by the volume of water ingress. Notable is that the vessel was certified with most recent surveys revealing no areas of concern. MAIB highlighted that the two men onboard were saved as they had enough time to collect and don their emergency use lifejackets.

Manoeuvring vessels in confined waters is a hazardous activity

In its latest Safety Digest, the UK MAIB shared the events of an incident involving a historic vessel which struck the dock wall after chief engineer’s mistake to operate the engines ahead instead of astern. MAIB noted that maintaining vigilance without distractions is vital when operating propulsion machinery manually.

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