lessons learned

Lessons learned from scrubber overboard pipe failure

Scrubbers are considered as a means of compliance with the upcoming IMO 2020. However, operators must be aware of the importance of selecting the correct design and appropriate materials for the scrubber, in order to avoid improper operation of the system.

Bulk carrier grounding highlights gaps in port risk assessment

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued an investigation report on the grounding of the bulk carrier ‘Orient Centaur’, which lost power while transiting a channel from the Port of Weipa, in November 2017. This incident highlighted gaps in the port’s risk plans, ATSB noted. 

Vessel hits channel buoy after pilot leaves bridge duties

In its latest issue, CHIRP focuses on an incident when a tanker in ballast had to rapidly disembark because of bad weather, but eventually collided with a channel buoy, after the pilot left the bridge. CHIRP concluded that the pilot should hand over the conn in a safe navigational position with ample time for the next manoeuvre.

Poor maintenance results to engine room flooding

In the November issue of its Monthly Safety Scenario, the Swedish Club focuses on a bulk’s carrier flood inside the engine room. The vessel was loaded with steel cargo in China and was travelling to the Middle East. Eventually, due to an electrical issue it ended up flooding. 

Liftboat overturns due to inadequate information about seafloor composition

The US National Transportation Safety Board published its report on the liftboat Ram XVIII, that overturned in the Gulf of Mexico, on November 18. Due to the incident, three personnel suffered minor injuries, while about 1,000 gallons of hydraulic oil were released. The vessel was declared a constructive total loss at an estimated $1,140,000.

Lessons learned from emergency response incidents

During the last SAFETY4SEA Athens Forum, Mr. Elias Psyllos, Vice President Commercial and Risk Management, T&T Salvage, shared lessons learned from his experience in emergency response incidents. Beginning his presentation with key salvage concepts, he provided the main first steps operators need to follow in the initial phase of a response. Experts’ presence on site, a proper salvage plan and salvage engineering are vital, he stressed, to verify what savors are doing is right.

Lessons learned: Taking shortcuts on an operation leads to accidents

In its latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB focuses on how a mooring line from a ferry, can easily be tangled in the propeller, without the right communication between the ship personnel and the shore. Based on this accident, MAIB advises to always follow the directions of the safety system and keep in mind that routine operations allow safe practices to be tested.

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