lessons learned

Lessons Learned: Crucial to continually evaluate ship traffic

The 2020 Navigational Claims issue by the Swedish Club, discusses a collision that took place in a river, with one of the two vessels involved having made the most crucial mistake by drifting away in the opposite fairway, affected by the weather conditions and current. 

Lessons Learned: Not being safely clipped on tether leads to fatal accident

In its latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB focuses on an incident on a yacht which was into a 10-day ocean passage when it encountered a sudden increase in wind strength during hours of darkness. As the sea conditions deteriorated rapidly, the crew began reefing the main sail in order to reduce the yacht’s sail area; head sails needed to be lowered as well. After the main sail had been reefed, one of the crew was sent below to get extra help from the off-watch crew. The crew member started helping in the cockpit with preparations for lowering the headsails, while she had not yet been clipped on her tether to one of the yacht’s jackstays.

NTSB investigation: Overheating of electrical wiring led to Grand Sun fire

NTSB issued an investigation report on the explosion and fire onboard the offshore supply vessel ‘Grand Sun’ while in the Gulf of Mexico, in October 2018. The report identified overheating of electrical wiring, associated with a chest freezer or the receptacle powering it, as key cause. 

RMI investigation: Poor risk assessment linked to Pilot’s fatal fall

The Republic of the Marshall Islands Maritime Administrator issued an investigation report on the fatality of a Pilot while disembarking a ship and attempting to transfer from the pilot ladder to an escort tugboat off the Port of Tuapse, Russia, in the early morning hours of 30 December 2018. 

Princess of the Orient: Erroneous maneuvering leads to deadly sinking

The Philippines has a long history of fatal maritime accidents. This time, SAFETY4SEA focuses on the deadly sinking of the ‘Princess of the Orient’. The ferry sank off Fortune Island, near the provinces of Cavite and Batangas, on September 18, 1998, claiming the lives of 150 people. Extreme weather conditions, along with ‘’erroneous maneuvering of the vessel by the captain’’, were the immediate causes of the accident.

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