Feb 112016

Toxic fumes killed a 24 year old seafarer aboard a Russian flagged chemical products, Araz River, in the Adriatic. Reports say that the seafarer and two others, who were hospitalised, had been cleaning a tank after unloading a cargo of canola oil at the port of Vasto.

Italian media say that residues of canola oil reacted with detergent being used for cleaning producing fumes that led to respiratory failure.

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Feb 102016

Although this is not a shipboard incident this sort of thing does happen on vessels. One recent incident shows how they can save lives. Yes, they may take a few minutes to rig, but you could be a long time dead if you don’t.

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Feb 102016

Oil rig collision captain was ’emotionally distressed’

A ship captain was under “emotional distress” when his supply vessel … the investigation, whether he was aware of factors leading up to the collision.
Electrical fire causes extensive delays on Union Pacific/West Line

Electrical fire causes extensive delays on Union Pacific/West Line … The cruise line says that although no one was injured and the ship suffered only …

Europe Calls Time on Ship Navigation Scheme Despite Risks at Sea

A British-led initiative to create a back-up to satellite navigation systems for ships has been pulled after failing to garner interest from other European countries, despite its proponents pointing to the growing risk of disasters at sea.

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Feb 102016

Zika virus, which causes microcephaly in infants, has become a global emergency. While a World Health Organisation briefing being circulated by the International Maritime Organisation says that it has found no justification for restrictions on travel or trade seafarers do face a risk of infection, if small.

The disease is spread by mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti, which  also transmit dengue, chikungunya, and Yellow Fever. There have been reports of sexual transference.

Seven countries have so far reported an increase in the incidence of cases of microcephaly, also known as Guillain-Barré syndrome, coinciding with a Zika virus outbreak. Zika virus is known to circulate in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the Pacific region.

How do you protect yourself?

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Feb 102016

Three men lay more than a hundred yards from the thick torn metal that once covered the top forward ballast tank, they were dead.

In the gathering darkness, in the roughening seas around the ship, the bodies of four other men were being carried away on the current, three of them never to be found. Inside the gray powder-coated ballast tank, burned and injured one man lived. He would not survive his injuries.

The last sound he heard, if he heard it, before the massive explosion may have been the quiet pop of a light-bulb breaking…

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Feb 092016

Crews Working to Refloat One of World’s Biggest Containerships Still Stuck in Germany

One of the world’s biggest containerships remains hard aground in Germany’s Elbe River just outside the shipping channel leading to the port of Hamburg.

Since the grounding of CSCL Indian Ocean last Wednesday night, crews have worked to lighten the ship and dredge soil from around the vessel in preparation for the next towing attempt scheduled for early Tuesday morning.


US Coast guard discovers safety violations aboard container ship in Tacoma, Washington

Port State Control officers from Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound discovered significant safety violations during an inspection of the 685-foot Liberian-flagged container ship Westwood Robson at the Husky Terminal in the Port of Tacoma, Thursday.


Three Killed Eight Injured In Offshore Platform Fire

Three killed eight injured in offshore platform fire, Gulf of Mexico, according to operators Mexican state run oil and gas company Pemex.

The fire is believed to have broken out on board the Abkatun-A platform, located in the Mexican Bay of Campeche, around 0515 local time Sunday.

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Feb 092016

Dropping a deck on your passengers is probably not the best way to impress them, although it might lead to some interesting insurance claims. Looking after your wire ropes will help avoid that unpleasantness, to go by the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch, MAIB, report into just such an incident aboard the ro-ro ferry St. Helens at the Fishbourne Ferry Terminal, Isle of Wight.

The same problems also arise with lifeboat and fast rescue boats, so the lessons regarding proper lubrication and maintenance of wire ropes goes beyond this particular incident.

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Feb 092016

As yet MAC has not tracked down an investigation report on this incident. It understood to have involved the German-flagged chemical/products tanker Jana and the Antigua and Barbuda flagged containership Herm Kiepe in 2011 on the Kiel Canal. Herme Kiepe has since changed its name to Leone P as of August 2013.

What do you think happened? Let us know in the comments section below.

Feb 092016

Interviews are an essential of investigating an accident and determining how and why something happened. Getting a witness to provide information is an important skill to acquire, and that includes understanding the psychology of the witness, hence a free course offered by Britain’s respected Open University may be of value to anyone trying to ensure the usefulness of an interview.

The course is online through the Futurelearn platform and runs for eight weeks from 21 March, taking about three hours a week. A certificate is available on completion which could be presented as professional development.

While the course is aimed at police investigations its principles equally apply to interviews conducted for maritime investigations.

Needless to say MAC will be on the course, so why not come and join us?

Find out more about the course here: Forensic Psychology