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Corroded cargo hold access cover leads to fatal fall

Transport Malta released its report on the fatal  fall of a stevedore inside a cargo hold on the ‘Eugenia B’. The incident took place on 30 November 2017, when a stevedore fell during cargo operations. He was transferred to the hospital but he succumbed to his injuries.

Dynamic loading contributes to deck slewing crane failure

Transport Malta’s MSIU issued an investigation report on the slewing deck crane failure onboard the Maltese-flagged product tanker ‘Bozdag’, while the ship was in the port of Tallinn, on 28 November 2017. The report revealed that the dynamic loading and the sudden halt of the free falling loads were two major contributing factors to the failure of the deck slewing crane.

Injury while mooring: Time took higher priority over safety

Transport Malta’s MSIU issued an investigation report into a serious injury onboard the Maltese-registered product tanker ‘Santa Maria’, in November 2017. The report indicated as immediate cause of the accident the crew member’s fall in close proximity to the rotating warping drum.

Transport Malta: Fatality while stowing mooring ropes

Transport Malta issued a report on a fatal occupational accident onboard ‘Eleni M’, as the crew member got trapped between the mooring rope on the winch drum and the deck on the poop deck. The investigation revealed that in order to perform the task of stowing the mooring ropes on the winch drum, the crew had to engage physically with the ropes while the winch was rotating.

Right handling of scaffold tower can prevent injuries

Transport Malta published a Safety Investigation Report concerning the injury of an AB, reporting that the factor of the accident was the release of the securing lashings at the time when the crew member was still on the mobile scaffold tower. The company was recommended to make sure that climbing of scaffold is always done from the inside.

Solo bridge manning contributes to grounding

Transport Malta’s MSIU issued an investigation report into the grounding of the Maltese registered bulk carrier ‘Marbella’ on North Reef, Paracel Islands, on 28 September 2017. The investigation showed that the bridge was solely manned by one person at the time of the incident. 

Bulk carriers collide after loss of AIS transmission

Transport Malta released its report about the 17 May 2017 accident, when Gortynia, a fully laden cape size bulk carrier, collided with the bulk carrier DZ Qingdao in Singapore Strait. Gortynia sustained major damage to her port side forward ballast tanks, while DZ Qingdao also sustained major damages to her bow.

Improper digital chart leads vessel to run aground

Transport Malta released its investigation report, regarding the accident on 13 May 2017, with the Maltese registered bulk carrier Universal Durban. The ship while on passage from Bell Bay, Tasmania to Bintulu, Malaysia, ran aground on a shoal at 12 knots, South of the island of Pulau Serasan. The vessel sustained minor damages in the bow area and bottom shell plating.

Multitasking associated with ‘Umm Salal’ grounding off Malaysia

MSIU issued an investigation report on the grounding of the Malta-flagged container ship ‘Umm Salal’, off Selangor, Malaysia, in 6 April 2017. Evidence from the report suggested that the OOW had  to interpret his observations and plan his actions practically on his own, which is considered to be the immediate cause.

Probable causes of main engine damage onboard ‘Chodziez’

MSIU issued a report analyzing the probable causes of the main engine damage on the RoRo cargo ship ‘Chodziez’, while en route from Oran, Algeria, to Marseille, France, in March 2017. The investigation concluded that the oil mist alarm was triggered by a mist of oil, which was generated by a hot spot, following the failure of the bearing shells.

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