Apr 032017
 

Often, when vessels capsizes, there is not enough time to say “Oh, f*&k”. Stellar Daisy, a 24-year old Very Large Ore Carrier vanished with minutes of sending a standard daily report. At this time, only two of the ship’s 24 officers and crew have been found alive. Two empty lifeboats and a liferaft, ship’s debris and surface fuel oil are reported to have been found in the vicinity of her last known position. SAR efforts continue with the help of four merchant vessels.

The vessel was carrying iron ore from Brazil to China when it disappeared at about 02.52 GMT, 11.53 local time, on 31 March some 350 nautical north-west off Tristan Da Cunha reportedly under fine weather conditions.

It is understood that liquefaction played a key role in the capsize, investigations are at a very early stage but the suddenness of the disappearance, the lack of survivors and the empty LSAs are typical of liquefaction-induced capsize. Port State Control examinations suggest that the 24-year-old vessel had a fairly clean bill of health with no detentions although Chinese PSC authorities identified two deficiencies related to water-tight doors, which investigators will be studying.

Liquefaction is the phenomenon by which, under certain circumstances, a dry bulk cargo typically an ore, and often iron ore fines, behaves like a liquid. When the vessel rolls to one side the liquefied cargo moves to the lower side of the vessel, then lock in place as a mass, producing a list. An opposite roll can re-liquefy the cargo.  One may have as little as 90 seconds to identify and mitigate the problem before it becomes irrecoverable.

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Switching to Paid Subscription Only

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Apr 032017
 

Rather like Britain’s excellent NHS we had hoped to make MAC available free at the point of delivery. It was a business model that depended on financial support from the industry. It is not a practical business model for the maritime industry, although it has been successful elsewhere.

From 15 May MAC will only be available on a paid subscription basis.

Thank you for your understanding and feel free to take advantage of MAC until then.

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Mobile MAC on the move

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Mar 282017
 

New apps or Android and IOS are on their way. Our current MAC apps will be replaced so MAC is wherever you are.

In the words of the song:

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Toxic Leader – Toxic Culture: The Death of the Bow Mariner Part 2

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Mar 282017
 

The second of our case studies of toxic leadership at sea looks at the sinking of the Bow Mariner. When the firm hierarchy aboard ship meets dysfunctional leadership and cultures with large power gradients the result can be a toxic culture that maximises dangers to the vessel and its crew in a crisis.

We present a transcript with the podcast.

Have you a horror story about dysfunctional leaders aboard or ashore? Tell us in confidence at mac@maritimeaccident.org, we’d like to hear what you have to say – and do share the post with your friends in the industry. Just click the share button.

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Toxic Leader – Toxic Culture: The Death of the Bow Mariner Part 1

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Mar 262017
 

The second of our case studies of toxic leadership at sea looks at the sinking of the Bow Mariner. When the firm hierarchy aboard ship meets dysfunctional leadership and cultures with large power gradients the result can be a toxic culture that maximises dangers to the vessel and its crew in a crisis.

We present a transcript with the podcast. The podcast opens with the original desperate emergency call by a junior officer.

Have you a horror story about dysfunctional leaders aboard or ashore? Tell us in confidence at mac@maritimeaccident.org, we’d like to hear what you have to say – and do share the post with your friends in the industry. Just click the share button.

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Maria M Grounding – Confusion, Culture and Toxic Leadership

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Mar 222017
 
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Maria M Bridge – bad attitude, poor communications

We are republishing some of our posts on Toxic Masters. Have you a horror story about dysfunctional leaders aboard or ashore? Tell us in confidence at mac@maritimeaccident.org, we’d like to hear what you have to say – and do share the post with your friends in the industry.

Confusion between rate of turn and rudder indicators, cultural insensitivity, the master’s insufficient English, a non-functioning AIS and VTS operators that did not react to the developing situation were key factors in the 12 July 2009 grounding of the Italian-registered chemical tanker Maria M says the Swedish Transport Agency report on the incident.

It was not a good start to the master’s first day in command of the vessel.

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Poison Profits: How Toxic Leaders Kill Excellence

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Mar 222017
 

We’re bringing attention to the issue of toxic leaders in the maritime industry. Splash 24/7 has just published a piece by MAC administrator Bob Couttie discussing how dysfunctional leaders affect a company’s excellence – and that includes ships’ companies as much as corporate companies.

We are republishing some of our posts on Toxic Masters. Have you a horror story about dysfunctional leaders aboard or ashore? Tell us in confidence at mac@maritimeaccident.org, we’d like to hear what you have to say – and do share the post with your friends in the industry.

If you want to know why toxic leaders are like green wallpaper, check out the Splash24/7 article, how many rolls of green wallpaper does your company have? here

 

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Mar 202017
 

We are republishing some of our posts on Toxic Masters. Have you a horror story about dysfunctional leaders aboard or ashore? Tell us in confidence at mac@maritimeaccident.org, we’d like to hear what you have to say – and do share the post with your friends in the industry.

Recently an account from a former master of a close encounter that under other circumstances could have led to a collision sent MAC scrambling to Google to find out what information was available on toxic leadership at sea resulting in an accident. There were precisely five results, out of a potential of 132,000 hits on maritime accidents and of those on the top of the list was MAC’s post on the Maria M incident and the IMO model course on leadership and teamwork. That drilling into the remaining three results produced nothing on maritime accidents and toxic leadership suggests that it is an under-researched area of maritime safety.

A member of MAC’s LinkedIn maritime accident investigation group provided this account of a close call:
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Important news – We’ll Be Back, But Check Out These Sites

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May 092016
 

MAC admin Bob Couttie is taking a bit of a sabbatical after all these years and will be back but in the meantime check out the new website by our good friends at computer-based training provider IDESS IT here. IDESS IT are the guys behind MysEalearn and Sealearn so check those out, too.

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