Near miss: Protective cover lost from deck and found ashore

The Marine Safety Forum reported a near miss incident in which a small protective cover was lost from the deck of a vessel and was later found in the pocket of a five-foot container which had been offloaded ashore. This could have been a serious high potential dropped object risk to the crew, shore-side workers and to the general public.

Improper securing arrangement of sea strainer cover leads to capsizing

The Shipowners Club presented a case of a vessel capsizing due to poor general condition of the sea strainer cover. Significant listing made the crew onboard to abandon the vessel, but the release of mooring ropes from the neighbouring vessel prior to abandoning prevented further damage.

Poor maintenance and voyage planning caused Arca 1 grounding

In its investigation report released today, Canada’s Transportation Safety Board found that inadequate vessel maintenance and voyage planning guided by an under-qualified crew led to the January 2017 grounding of the tanker ‘Arca 1’ near Sydney, Nova Scotia. The vessel sustained major damage to hull and propulsion.

Lessons learned: Improper maintenance can cost lives

During a third party survey, the surveyor requested to test the emergency fire pump, with assistance of the chief engineer. Shortly after descending into the fire pump well, the chief engineer ordered the surveyor to get out and by the time both men reached the deck, they were experiencing symptoms of dizziness, with the chief engineer in a state of near collapse.

Leaking cargo hatch covers cause cargo damage

All hatch covers were opened when the vessel was at anchor and waiting for an available berth. This was to ensure the vessel was gas free since fumigation had been carried out in all cargo holds at the loading port. When the cargo hatch covers were removed, it was found that cargo in holds 1,2,3,4 and 7 had been damaged by water.

Bilge system back-flow causes significant cargo damage

In a latest publication by UK P&I Club, Captain David Nichol describes a cargo damage case involving a bulk carrier, as a result from insufficient maintenance of the bilge system valves and the crew’s wrong estimation of the ingress alarm system.

Engine failure, lack of information sharing lead to grounding

In November 2016, the fully-laden bulk carrier ‘Nenita’ was outbound on the Columbia River, when it suffered an engine failure impacting its ability to maneuver. The vessel subsequently ran aground at Three Tree Point on the Washington State side of the river, damaging its bulbous bow and hull.

Loss of life partly attributed to carriage of non-crewmembers

The US NTSB issued an investigation report on the sinking of the motor vessel ‘Exito’ in the Bering Sea, Alaska, in December 2016, that caused two fatalities, a significant environmental damage, and a total ship loss. The probable cause of the sinking was progressive flooding from an undetermined location.

NTSB: Poor hot work safety policies cause constructive total loss

NTSB issued a report on a fire on the upper deck of the passenger vessel ‘Tahoe Queen’ as it was alongside its home pier on Lake Tahoe undergoing maintenance repairs, in August 2016. As a result from the accident, two crewmembers suffered minor injuries and the vessel was declared a constructive total loss, valued at $4.8 million.

Port worker fatally crushed on the job at ICTSI terminal

An Indonesian dock worker died on duty at the International Container Terminal Services Inc facility in Jakarta overnight, according to ITF. The 40-year-old man was fatally crushed at 22.10 local time, when a refrigerated container was dropped onto his truck, crushing the cabin and killing the driver.


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