NTSB investigation: Captain’s poor decision linked to vessel sinking

NTSB issued an investigation report on the flooding and sinking of the commercial fishing vessel Pacific 1 while in the Bering Sea, Alaska, in February 2019. The report identified the master’s decision to remain at sea with continuous flooding as key cause of the sinking. 

Lessons learned: Rescue boat davit failure

The Marine Safety Forum published safety alert describing a rescue boat davit failure during the boat’s periodic launch and testing. There were no injuries as a result of the incident, which was attributed to the good practice of lowering the rescue boat unmanned. 

Lessons learned: Crew boat listing due to water ingress

In its latest Safety Flashes, IMCA presented a case of water ingress which caused a crew boat to list, while in its first voyage after drydocking. IMCA noted there was no post-drydock maintenance inspection or dedicated testing to ensure that everything done in drydock was done properly.

RMI investigates fatality caused by failure of maintenance platform

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime Administrator informed that it is currently conducting a marine safety investigation of a fatality that occurred when the extension of the lower maintenance platform for one of the ship’s provision cranes detached and fell 8-9 meters. 

Poor maintenance led to barge breakaway in Ohio River

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued an investigation report on a barge breakaway incident in the Ohio River which caused an estimated $12.5 million damage and an unknown release of coal and cement into the water. 

Inadequate maintenance leads towing vessel to sink

The NTSB issued an investigation report on the flooding and sinking of the towing vessel ‘Nancy C’ on Lower Mississippi River, near Dyersville, Tennessee, in March 2018. The investigation identified poor maintenance as key cause of the incident. 

NTSB releases official report on Island Lady fire off Florida

The NTSB issued the official investigation report on the fire onboard the small passenger vessel ‘Island Lady’ on the Pithlachascotee River, near Port Richey, Florida, on 14 January 2018. NTSB held a public meeting in mid-December where it identified insufficient preventative maintenance program and lack of guidance for responding to engine high-temperature conditions as key causes of the accident.

Serious eye injury during maintenance of fresh water steriliser

In UK Club’s latest ‘Lessons Learned’ article, Captain David Nichol describes a case of a serious eye injury of an engineer while conducting maintenance of fresh water steriliser. The analysis identified that the injured man had not been wearing any face protection, while a proper risk assessment had not been conducted. 

Improper maintenance causes failure to UPS

A fire alarm was sounded after smoke was discovered coming from a UPS (uninterruptable power supply) room supplying power to remote valves. As IMCA informed, the planned maintenance procedures for UPS had not been followed, which is a key fact to the incident.


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