marine casualties

Lessons Learned: Do not load cargoes excluded from the IMSBC Code

In the latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB focuses on an explosion accident, according to which the master of a cargo vessel received unambiguous loading instructions that led to two explosions in the forecastle store. A crewmember that was in the room with the explosions suffered severe burns, whereas the investigation showed that the cargo was not in the IMSBC Code.

Machinery failure the top cause of shipping incidents in last decade

Machinery failure (including engine failure) has risen as the top cause of shipping incidents over the past decade, a trend that is unlikely to change anytime soon, given rising repair costs and concerns over maintenance levels and larger vessels, said Allianz (AGCS) in its latest Shipping and Safety review.

Injured Filipino seafarer medevaced in Vietnam for care

As local sources report, a 46-year-old sailor from the Philippines suffered critical injuries in an accident, that took place during cargo holding operations. The sailor was onboard ‘Bulk Japan’ bulk carrier. The crewmember suffered spine and breast injuries and crashed arm with massive blood loss. 

Cargo boat with 7 onboard hits bridge in Norway

According to local sources, a cargo boat had suffered a partially crashed wheelhouse, when it collided on the Nordhordland Bridge near Steinestø, Norway, at the weekend. The vessel had seven people onboard, yet no injuries were reported.

Hungarian salvage crews to raise the wrecked boat in Danube

As Reuters reports, Hungarian salvage crews prepared to raise the wreck of the boat that capsized on the Danube river, Budapest, and resulted to the loss of 26 South Korean tourists and two local crew. All the bodies, except eight, have been recovered.

Human error remains key concern for shipping safety

In its annual Shipping and Safety review, Allianz reiterated that human error remains a key safety issue and an underlying factor in many claims, meaning the quality of crew and ship owners’ overall safety culture are of increasing importance to risk assessment.

Port worker dead by snapped mooring line, Italy

According to local sources, a port worker was killed on the spot by snapped mooring line in Ancona port, Italy, Adriatic sea, early in the morning of June 10. Container ship BF PHILIPP was already moored, or in process of mooring, when the fatal incident took place.

Three on rescue boat dead during Storm Miguel

According to local sources, three crewmembers of a rescue boat died after the vessel ran aground off the Western French coast during a rescue mission. Storm Miguel was raging over the Vendée coastline with gusts of up to 129 km/h. 

Cruise vessel returns to Ijmuiden after hitting something in water

As local sources report, the Columbus cruise ship unexpectedly changed its course and docked at the Felison Cruise Terminal in IJmuiden. While the cruise vessel departed from Amsterdam it hit something in the water. Thus, the Port of Amsterdam and the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate were then on board for consultation and the exchange of information.

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