Transport Malta MSIU issued an investigation report on a serious injury of a crew member while testing the rescue boat crane onboard the oil/chemical tanker Ruby-T, on 20 October 2019. The report found likely that the bosun was distracted from understanding the actual risks of his own actions, as he was most probably concerned about the damages to the wire.
The Maltese registered LPG tanker Seasurfer ran aground in the Port of Praia in October 2019, as the pilotage section of the passage plan contained no specific directions on manoeuvring with the use of tug/s at Praia, investigation by Transport Malta MSIU revealed.
Transport Malta MSIU issued an investigation report into the fatality and serious injuries on board the Maltese-registered passenger/roro vessel Euroferry Malta, in October 2019, in heavy weather conditions. The investigation highlighted that the anchors were not secured, as this was not common practice for the ship in such voyages.
Transport Malta reiterated the need of compliance with the Directive 2014/90/EU on Marine Equipment (MED). The Directive, inter alia, provides that recognised organisations shall inform the Directorate in cases where it is suspected that MED equipment placed onboard a Maltese ship is not compliant with the applicable requirements.
In light of a previous incident investigation conducted by Transport Malta, it is reminded that the shipping stakeholders should be cautious with the potential hazards associated with carriage of cargoes in bulk.
Transport Malta reminds of the limiting the sulphur content of marine fuels to 0.1% whilst operating in emission control areas, and the global sulphur limit of 0.5%, highlighting that several coastal States have implemented stricter regulations.
Transport Malta’s Marine Safety Investigation Unit (MSIU) issued an investigation report on the collision of the Maltese registered oil tanker KANALA and the Chinese registered fishing vessel LIAODANYU 23626 on the Bohai Sea, China, in September 2019.
Following three incident investigations, Transport Malta issued a notice to draw attention to the dangers of sheathed steel wires onboard ships due to restricted access to the wire rope for a thorough inspection and the possible factors for corrosion in wire ropes.
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.
As the report by Transport Malta informs, on 27 May 2019, the chief engineer of MV Riga entered the cargo hold as he noticed water. While on the cargo hold ladder, he fell down the access trunk. The crew members brought him out of the cargo hold and tried to resuscitate him. However, their efforts were unsuccessful.
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