lessons learned

Communication a main factor of accidents at sea: Three real-life examples

Poor communication has been a main contributing factor in numerous maritime casualties, varying from groundings and collisions to entire ship losses and even worse, fatalities. We picked three accidents from the years 2018 and 2019 to create a better understanding of how this simple-to-hear factor can be vital to a ship’s safety.

Achille Lauro hijacking: A tragic example of maritime terrorism

SAFETY4SEA remembers the hijacking of the cruise ship ‘Achille Lauro’ in 1985 by four heavily armed Palestinian militants who posed as passengers, resulting to the brutal murder of one passenger. The attack lasted only two days but spurred a global concern over the shaping dimensions of maritime terrorism.

Case study: Mooring line failure onboard

A large LNG carrier was docked in an LNG terminal in UK. The 345.30m LOA carrier was moored with a total number of 20 lines (high modulus polyethylene ropes) following the ‘3-2-3-2 fore and aft’ rule. The vessel had 22 lines on board (as per manufacturer’s requirements) to be used during mooring operations of 44mm diameter Steelite Superline Xtra high modulus polyethylene (HMPE) with a specified minimum breaking load (MBL) of 137t.

Mooring Equipment Guidelines: Updates and new terms

In July 2018, OCIMF issued the fourth edition of its Mooring Equipment Guidelines (MEG4) to update related guidelines and include new chapters on Human Factors in Mooring Design, Jetty Design and Fittings, Ship Shore Interface and Alternative Technologies.

USS Fitzgerald deadly collision: Poor seamanship in the spotlight

It has been over two years since the US Navy was shaken by two successive collisions involving US navy ships and claiming lives of 17 sailors. As part of its lessons learned series, SAFETY4SEA focuses today on the collision between the USS Fitzgerald with a merchant ship which pushed the US Navy to redefine its approach on safety.

Piper Alpha: The world’s deadliest offshore oil disaster

Over 30 years after the Piper Alpha oil platform suffered multiple explosions off Scotalnd taking lives of 167 people, SAFETY4SEA analyzes the North Sea disaster which made the oil and gas industry to look safety in new terms.

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