On February 19, 2019, the Cypriot-flagged cargo ship Raba, sailing from Copenhagen to Szczecin, collided with the Danish-flagged ‘World Bora’, which was sailing towards “Viking” wind farm in the Exclusive Economic Zone. Therefore, the Danish Marine Accident Investigation Board issued an investigation report to determine the factors that caused the collision.
The following real-life incident can be used as case study to help crew members understand how to properly handle similar occasions and take the appropriate knowledge from an incident of fire on board cargo vessel.
It is believed that steering systems don’t show any fundamental complexity and don’t easily fail, thus they are not properly maintained. However, in case of a steering gear failure, severe problems are about to follow.
During a vessel’s voyage at sea, there are many dangers which may affect hers and personnel’s safety. One of these hazards, which may rapidly lead -at the worst case scenario- for vessel and human life loss, is ship flooding.
Ahead of the automation that takes place within the shipping industry, Finnish port equipment manufacturer Kalmar stresses that “a zero accident port is definitely a mission possible”, suggesting that machines detect their surroundings and notice things that human eyes and ears might not, thus helping humans to prevent accidents.
Gulf of Aden (East Coast of Africa), Malacca Strait and West Coast of Africa are shipping routes which suffer incidents of pirate attacks. The Indian Ministry of shipping has released the number of Indian crew hijacked by pirates during the last three years and the current year along with the number of crew.
Lack of Safety Leadership leads to a confined space close call
Preventable slip / fall
Port buoyage and pilotage issues
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