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Correct operations require familiarity with equipment

A passenger/ro-ro cargo ferry arrived in port and berthed without incident. Its vehicle ramp was then landed and a shore ramp was lowered from an upper linkspan. Shortly afterwards, the upper linkspan shore ramp fingers dropped off the ferry and one mooring rope parted. The ship came to rest 15m forward of its original position.

Steering control a usual vulnerability on ferries

A passenger/Ro-Ro cargo ferry, carrying 99 passengers and 53 crew, grounded on a charted shallow area while arriving in port at low tide. It was morning twilight and weather was good. The vessel remained aground for over an hour and refloated on a rising tide. UK MAIB analyzed the incident providing useful lessons learned.

Foreman falls down two decks during lifting equipment

In its latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB describes an incident where a foreman fell from through a hatch and down two decks. The incident happened as the crewmembers were trying to lift a test skid. The foreman landed on his right, and was immediately restrained from the other crew in order not to risk further injury. He was later transferred to a hospital.

Sudden flooding of fishing vessel shows catch can affect stability

UK MAIB analyzed the flooding of a fishing vessel while underway and the rescue of its two crew by an RNLI lifeboat. The investigation revealed that the weight and location of the fish catch can significantly affect the vessel’s stability. The fishermen were uninjured and the actions of the RNLI crew prevented the potter sinking.

Safety equipment check vital to ensure safe operations

In its latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB describes an incident where a fishing vessel caught fire. Flames broke out in the wheelhouse through a cable penetration in the deck, while an explosion blew out the wheelhouse windows and blew off the roof. It is possible that a leak allowed petrol into the vessel’s bilge .

Sparks from work inside boiler cause small fire to Ro-Ro ferry

In the latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB presents the case of a small fire on a Ro-Ro ship. Repairs were planned during an evening passage, involving hot work inside the boiler. As the discharge of passengers and vehicles had started, the chief engineer informed the safety officer that a small fire had broke out in the boiler.

RoRo ship almost collides due to low visibility

In its latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB describes a near-miss of a Ro-Ro vessel. The ship was trying to berth but it encountered problems because at that day there was fog and sunlight in the port, which resulted in a significant glare. As the ship was performing manoeuvres to berth, the master warned the passengers and the crew to prepare for impact, which was averted, but for only 3 metres.

Two technicians fall from poorly maintained pilot ladder

UK MAIB describes a pilot ladder incident in its latest Safety Digest. Three engineering technicians were ready to disembark a bulk carrier, using a pilot ladder. When two of the technicians were on the ladder, it failed and the two of them fell from a respectable height. Both were transferred to hospital, as they had sustained injuries.

Small motor cruiser owner poisoned from carbon monoxide

In its latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB deals with an incident involving monoxide poisoning. The owner of a small motor cruiser was trying to pump out water off of the engine compartment bilge. However, a little later a friend called the owner, without answer. Shortly after, paramedics found the owner unconscious, he was transferred to hospital, but never recovered consciousness.

Inadequate maintenance prevents vessel to anchor during emergency

UK MAIB in its latest Safety Digest presents a case where a windfarm support vessel was trying to anchor when the low fuel pressure alarm on the starboard engine sounded. When a crewman released the windlass the anchor failed to ‘free fall’. As the vessel was in danger, the master called the coastguard, a lifeboat was deployed and the vessel was towed safely.

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