Maritime Safety & Security News – 13 July 2009

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Jul 132009

Phuket Phi Phi Ferry Sinks in Raging Storm
Phuketwan – Phuket,Thailand
escape when the almost new vessel overturned and sank in a sudden squall off Patong. Investigations into the cause of that sinking are continuing.

Fisherman dies of injuries in crab vessel accident
Daily Astorian – OR, USA
The US Coast Guard evacuated the injured captain of the vessel Swell Rider Friday afternoon after an accident onboard his fishing boat.

Man injured in dockyard crane collapse
Independent – London,England,UK
By Lesley Richardson, Press Association An investigation was under way today after a man was seriously injured when a crane collapsed in a ship dockyard.

Serious oil spill in Geiranger Fjord
Norway Post – Bærum,Norway
Geiranger Fjord fire fighters and clean-up crews have been trying to gain control of a major oil spill from the Bahamas registered cruise ship “Spirit .

NSRI evacuate chief engineer – fire on ship in Suez Canal
The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) helicopter rescue team at Port Elizabeth was scrambled last week to respond to an emergency on board the handysize Odfjell products tanker BOW EAGLE, sailing from Indonesia to Brazil, which reported that the 60-year old chief engineer had suffered a suspected fractured hip in a fall.

Superferry 5 rams Pier Uno
Negros Chronicle – Dumaguete City,Negros Oriental,Philippines
Good thing that the bow thruster of the ship located at its side did not malfunction and maneuvered the ship to recover from the collision.

Ship With Toxic Load Holed
St.Petersburg – St. Petersburg,Russia
According to the preliminary investigation into the incident, the vessels share responsibility for causing the collision. Rashid Alimov, head of the St.

Coast Guard responds to grounded vessel in Wrangell Harbor
SitNews – Ketchikan,AK,USA
Wrangell, Alaska – The Coast Guard responded to the 58-foot fishing vessel Siren which grounded with 1000 gallons of diesel fuel on board in Wrangell Harbor

Focus in barge grounding turns to investigation – Portland,OR,USA
He also said it’s too early to tell what the consequences would be if it’s determined the vessel was grounded outside the channel.

SF Bay Oil Spill Pilot To Learn Sentence This Week
CBS 5 – San Francisco,CA,USA
adequately with the ship’s captain and crew. Defense attorneys have asked for the minimum two-month term, saying that Cota “deeply regrets” the accident

Rescue workers lend help in 43 land and sea incidents
GulfNews – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
The maritime accidents included boat collision and boat capsizing, which resulted in the death of three individuals and three injuries within the first half


Somali pirates end monsoon lull with hijacks, attack
Reuters India – Mumbai,India
and used one to attack an oil tanker in a flurry of activity in the Gulf of Aden ending a monsoon season lull, maritime officials said on Monday.

A Little Crush Miss?

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Jun 172009

Two ABs working on the main deck of a PSV servicing an offshore installation are lucky to be walking around, following a close call involving the loading of a secion of crane boom according to a safety alert issued by the Aberdeen-based Marine Safety Forum.

Says the safety alert

“A recent high potential near miss occurred on a PSV during the back loading of a crane boom section from an offshore installation. Although no injuries were sustained as a result of this incident, two ABs working on the main deck at this time could potentially have been crushed resulting in 2 fatalities.

At the time of the incident, the PSV was starboard side alongside the installation back loading the second section of a crane boom.

This back loaded crane boom section was first landed on deck with no clearance from adjacent tote tanks. However, the ABs had to pass between these tote tanks and the back loaded crane boom section to access the crane hook for unlatching.

Therefore, the crane operator was asked to move the back loaded crane boom section towards the port side of the main deck to create a gap to allow the ABs clear access.

The crane operator moved the back loaded crane boom section 1-2 meters to port and asked the bridge whether the new position was satisfactory. The Bridge then confirmed with the ABs on deck that this new position was acceptable for them and then advised the crane operator accordingly.

The crane wire was then slackened down and the ABs started to pass between the back loaded crane boom section and the nearby tote tanks to unlatch the crane hook.

The crane operator then started to heave and raised the back loaded crane boom section by about 1 metre to approximately waist height with the ABs positioned between this back loaded crane boom section and the tote tanks. This resulted in a potential for the ABs to be crushed between the back loaded crane boom section and the tote tanks.

The bridge shouted a warning on the UHF radio to the ABs who were already aware of the hazardous situation and were moving to a safe position. The crane operator also then lowered the back loaded crane boom section to deck.

The prevailing weather conditions at the time of the incident were within acceptable working limits, consisting of a wind speed of 19 knots and sea conditions with a significant wave height of between 1.5 and 2.0 meters.

Main Findings and Recommendations:
The crane operator lifted the back loaded crane boom section off the vessel’s deck but failed to effectively communicate his intention to the vessel personnel. The crane operator also assumed that the vessel’s deck was clear of personnel.
The investigation of this incident identified the need to instruct crane operators to:-

• communicate their actions to the vessel before proceeding with lifting operations

• ensure that all communications are fully understood and verified by all relevant installation and vessel personnel before proceeding with any lifting operation

• avoid making assumptions and to verify with the vessel that the deck area is clear of all personnel before proceeding with lifting operations.”

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