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Lessons Learned: Shifting of deck cargo in heavy weather

Heavy weather caused the vessel to roll and pitch despite the master’s efforts to alleviate the motion by altering course and speed. This set in motion a “domino effect” whereby cargo units progressively broke free and shifted, resulting in extensive damage to ship structure and cargo, with a number of units being lost overboard.

Q&As on cyber risks and shipping industry

The UK P&I Club has compiled a bulletin answering to questions about cyber risks in the shipping industry in relation to P&I insurance. Considering that a cyber-attack could catastrophically impact the safe navigation of a vessel, maritime cyber risks come within the scope of P&I in case these arise from the operation of a ship.

Lessons Learned: Loss of anchor

In UK Club’s latest ‘Lessons Learned’ publication, Captain David Nichol describes a case of loss of anchor, due to inefficient assessment by the Master and the anchoring team. This is just one of numerous incidents involving vessels losing anchors and cables attributable to either incorrect practice or equipment deficiencies.

Lessons Learned: Hydraulic oil spill during cargo discharging

In UK Club’s latest ‘Lessons Learned’ article, Capt. David Nichol describes a case of a hydraulic oil spill during cargo unloading operations in a heavy weather, highlighting the importance of crews’ quick and effective response to avoid major pollution incidents.

8 steps for dangerous goods safe transport

Although shipping industry has seen developments regarding safety, accidents involving dangerous goods continue to happen. For this reason, the UK P&I Club released a guide to support operators who pack dangerous goods into cargo units for sea transportation.

Lessons learned: Liquid cargo contaminated while tank cleaning

In its latest publication of the ‘Lessons Learned’ series, the UK Club presents an incident of liquid cargo contamination during tank cleaning onboard a tanker. Dealing with the contaminated cargo required a very expensive process of separate storage, refining at an alternative port and on-carriage on board another vessel.

Testing procedures for cargo hold bilge systems

UK P&I Club informed that significant insurance damage claims can be made if a bulk cargo is damaged, because of leakage of the bilge system into a loaded bulk cargo hold. To reduce the chance of such cargo damage, operators are advised to inspect and test the cargo hold bilge system as part of the routine pre-loading checks of the cargo holds.

Lessons learned: Improper maintenance can cost lives

During a third party survey, the surveyor requested to test the emergency fire pump, with assistance of the chief engineer. Shortly after descending into the fire pump well, the chief engineer ordered the surveyor to get out and by the time both men reached the deck, they were experiencing symptoms of dizziness, with the chief engineer in a state of near collapse.

Bilge system back-flow causes significant cargo damage

In a latest publication by UK P&I Club, Captain David Nichol describes a cargo damage case involving a bulk carrier, as a result from insufficient maintenance of the bilge system valves and the crew’s wrong estimation of the ingress alarm system.

Improper look-out at night leads to collision

In the latest of UK Club’s ‘Lessons Learned’ articles, Captain David Nichol analyzes the collision of a tanker with a yacht while underway, due to insufficient look-out during hours of darkness. Midway through the watch, the OOW permitted the AB to perform cleaning and housekeeping duties, therefore becoming the sole lookout.


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