RMI issued an investigation report on a bosun’s fatal fall overboard from the general cargo ship DELICATA, off Uruguay, in March 2020. The investigation identified poor compliance with the company’s SMS and safe working practices, as the crew member was not wearing a lifejacket or a safety harness when he descended to untie a pilot ladder.
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Transport Malta investigation: Monitoring of anchor position linked to allision of bulk carrier with two other vessels
Transport Malta MSIU issued an investigation report on the allision of the bulk carrier MV KLIMA with the Marshall Island-flagged bulk carrier SPRING SNOW and the Singapore-registered bunker barge LIBRA in the Eastern Special Purpose Anchorage, Singapore, in July 2019.
RMI issued an investigation report on a fatal fall onboard the container ship AL RAWDAH in January 2019. The report stressed issues associated with poor SMS implementation and lack of safety harness.
ATSB issued a report on a crew fatality in the elevator trunk on the container ship OOCL Kuala Lumpur, in June 2018. While driving the elevator from the cage top, the electro-technical officer became trapped between the moving cage and the bulkhead, and was fatally injured.
In its Monthly Safety Scenario for April, the Swedish Club describes a case of collision after grounding in a busy anchorage area. When changing the arrival time to the pilot station, the Master altered the plans, increasing speed, and took a shortcut through the anchorage.
The Brazilian Maritime Authority – Directorate of Ports and Coasts (DPC) issued a new amendment concerning the units operating in Brazilian waters, which will have to require certificates under the International Safety Management (ISM) Code until December 31, 2020.
The Safety Management System (SMS) of a company plays a crucial role for the safety of the seafarers and the avoidance of any potential accidents; Yet, non-commitment from top management positions lead to seafarers doubting the SMS, often resulting to accidents.
In 2019, USCG marine inspectors detained 41 towing vessels for Code 30 deficiencies, reflecting a vessel’s failure to implement a Towing Vessel Safety Management System or a lack of familiarity with a TSMS. Of those, 32% used the TSMS option and 68% used the Coast Guard option.
The US Coast Guard has recently received several inquiries about the use of safety management systems onboard passenger vessels, so it issued a bulletin to inform the maritime community of helpful resources for those vessels choosing to voluntarily establish a safety management system (SMS).
Transport Malta’s MSIU issued an investigation report on the main engine failure of the oil/chemical tanker ‘MV Guroni’ while underway in January 2019. According to the report, the lubrication oil filter of the main engine had been improperly mounted.
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