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Lessons learned: Sailing in shallow waters leads to grounding

In its latest Safety Digest, the UK MAIB describes a case of a yacht grounding during an ocean race. With respect to this incident, MAIB advised that every vessel sailing at sea needs a passage plan that has identified all potential hazards for the voyage ahead.

Luxury catamaran collides with ferry

UK MAIB focuses on a collision accident concerning a luxury catamaran and a ferry. The catamaran tried to avoid the collision but its port side made heavy contact with the ferry. The Safety Digest notes that passage planning is of a great importance for better-safety conditions.

Australian cutter grounding linked to poor use of ECDIS

Australia’s Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued an investigation report on the grounding of the Australian Border Force cutter Roebuck Bay (ABFC Roebuck Bay) on Henry Reef, Queensland, in September 2017. The report identified an amendment on the passage plan which led the vessel to the reef and poor use of ECDIS.

Close quarter situation makes ships collision inevitable

Transport Malta issued a report on the collision between the general cargo ship ‘Britannica Hav’ and the fishing vessel ‘Z121 Deborah’, in the English Channel in March 2018. The report found that a close quarter situation progressed to an extent that the collision between the two vessels became inevitable.

Lessons learned from ‘Alexandra 1’ collision: Confused with Rules of the Road

On 11th February 2015, the Marshall Islands registered oil tanker Alexandra 1 and the United Kingdom registered container ship Ever Smart collided near the entrance to the buoyed approach channel in Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates. The analysis of this collision highlights important key lessons, taking into consideration that both vessels were modern, equipped with advanced systems for navigation & communication and manned with certified experienced crews, under the supervision and guidance of a VTS collided, within Port limits.

Absence of detailed pilotage plan leads to cargo vessel grounding

UK MAIB published its report on the grounding of the general cargo vessel Celtica Hav. The vessel grounded on 27 March 2018 on a stone training wall in the approach channel to the River Neath, Wales. Celtica Hav was quickly re-floated and manoeuvred clear of the training wall. It sustained shell plate damage to the bottom of its hull, causing water ingress to some ballast tanks and flooding in the engine room.

AMSA secures vessel on Hawksbury Island after running aground

A fishing vessel was grounded on Hawksbury Island, Australia, during the recent passing of Tropical Cyclone Penny. As it had been drifting, AMSA started an operation to secure the vessel in order to not pose a risk on shipping lanes. The Coral Knight located the vessel and used an emergency wreck marker buoy weight as an anchor.

Autopilot error leads to landing craft grounding

ATSB published the report on the grounding of ‘Lauren Hansen’ off Melville Island, in the Northern Territory. The incident took place on 10 April 2018, with ATSB citing an error on the autopilot as the cause of the grounding. This incident showed the implications of a failure or malfunction of any aspect of the ship’s steering systems

Unfamiliarity with ECDIS led L’ Austral to run aground twice in a month

TAIC issued a report on the grounding of the cruise ship ‘L’Austral’, at Milford Sound, on 9 February 2017, revealing an insufficient use of electronic navigation systems. The ship was involved in another incident one month earlier, when it entered an unauthorised zone and struck an uncharted rock.

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