Feb 212016
 

Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority, PSA,  says an improperly adjusted winch brake, which it refers to as ‘vulnerable’, led to the unintentionally launch of a lifeboat from the mobile unit Mærsk Giant at about 05.10 on Wednesday 14 January 2015.

This incident occurred during testing of the lifeboat systems.

During testing, one of the lifeboats unintentionally descended to the sea. Efforts were made to activate the manual brake on the lifeboat winch, but it was not working. The lifeboat entered the water and drifted beneath the unit. The steel wires holding it were eventually torn off.

After the incident, the lifeboat drifted away from Mærsk Giant, accompanied by a standby vessel. The lifeboat eventually reached land at Obrestad south of Stavanger.

Nobody was in the lifeboat when the incident occurred, and no personnel were injured.

The PSA conducted an investigation which established that the direct cause of the incident was a reduction in the braking effect of the brake on the lifeboat winch owing to faulty adjustment. If the manual brake failed during maintenance with people in the lifeboat, or during an actual evacuation, serious personal injury or deaths could have resulted.

Should the lifeboat have descended during an actual evacuation, a partially filled lifeboat could have reached the sea without a lifeboat captain on board. The PSA also considers it likely that people would have been at risk of falling from the lifeboat or the muster area should a descent have started. The potential consequence could be fatalities.

Five nonconformities were identified by this investigation. These related to

  • maintenance routines for the lifeboat davit system
  • training
  • procedures relating to lifeboats and evacuation
  • periodic programme for competent control and ensuring the expertise of personnel carrying out maintenance work
  • qualification and follow-up of contractors.

Mærsk Giant is operated by Maersk Drilling Norge.

PSA Report (Norwegian)

Oct 272010
 

image At a hearing in Newcastle Magistrates Court, AP Moller-Maersk, owner of the UK-registered container ship Maersk Patras pleaded guilty to eight charges of failing to provide adequate hours of rest for the crew and one charge of failing to improve the situation.

In September 2009, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, MCA, conducted an audit on board the Maersk Patras at Bremerhaven. It was noticed that the captain, officers and other crew members had not been having the required periods of rest as laid down by international agreements.

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Apr 102010
 

imageMaersk FPSOs has criticised the Danish Maritime Authority report into the explosion and fire which occurred on board the FPSO Maersk Ngujima-Yin off the Northwest coast of Australia in April 2009. In comments included in a DMA supplement to its original investigation report issued in November 2009, Maersk questions DMA’s methodology, competence and professionalism.

While objections to casualty investigation reports are not uncommon they rarely go as far, or are as detailed, as the Maersk FPSO comments.

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May 012009
 

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Search crew find missing oilman’s body
Upstream Online – Oslo,Oslo,Norway
It is believed Lindsay, who was not wearing survival gear, was carrying out routine checks on the
oil platform when he vanished sometime between midnight

Skipper dies after trawler sinks
Fish Update – Edinburgh,UK
THE Norwegian authorities are preparing to hold an investigation into the
sinking of a relatively modern Russian fishing vessel off their northern coastline

Sailor dies while working on ship’s drains
Stars and Stripes – Washington,DC,USA
By Erik Slavin, Stars and Stripes A sailor assigned to the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis died Friday after being crushed while working on the
ship’s .

Authorities: Man injured when canister explodes
MiamiHerald.com – Miami,FL,USA
Authorities say a cruise
ship passenger was injured when a canister exploded, in one of two separate incidents at Port Everglades.

Murphys injured in car crash
Cape Cod Times – Hyannis,MA,USA
He had no other details of the
accident. Murphy, a 2001 graduate of Massachusetts Maritime Academy, was supposed to be honored at this morning’s formation

Replica Chinese junk sinks one day from end of epic journey
Telegraph.co.uk – United Kingdom
Despite the
sinking, Mr Peng of the Chinese Maritime Development Society, said he believed the ship had “accomplished its mission”.

Trade vessel sinks at St. Kitts port
SKNVibes.com – Basseterre,St. Kitts and Nevis
SKNVibes spoke to Winston Hendrickson, Manager of the TDC Shipping Department, who said that he could not speak to a specific cause for the
accident at this

Teenage boy survives fatal boat accident by using his dead
Daily Mail – UK
Mr Che Hassan, southern regional commander of Malaysia’s
Maritime Enforcement Agency, said: ‘We are still trying to put together the pieces of the puzzle,

Helicopters grounded after two crashes in space of weeks
The Edinburgh Journal – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
The ill-fated helicopter was carrying two crew members and fourteen
oil workers from a BP offshore oil rig. The most recent incident report from the Air

Oil & Gas UK Comments on AAIB Report into Helicopter
Apr 13, 2009 Oil & Gas UK Comments on AAIB Report into Helicopter Accident

Owner of Korean Commercial Cargo Vessel & Chief Engineer Plead Guilty to Marine Pollution Related Charges

WASHINGTON—STX Pan Ocean Co. Ltd. (STX), headquartered in Seoul, Korea, and the owner of the commercial cargo ship, M/V Ocean Jade, pleaded guilty to conspiracy as well as falsifying and failing to properly maintain records meant to ensure compliance with maritime pollution laws, the Justice Department announced. The chief engineer

Wrecked vessel’s crew wants investigation into sea strike
Honolulu Star-Bulletin – Honolulu,HI,USA
Stewart said that about 15 minutes before the
collision, the crew on watch noticed the freighter change direction and head toward the TaiPing.

Genco Shipping & Trading Limited Announces First Quarter 2009
PR Newswire (press release) – New York,NY,USA
As previously announced, the Genco Cavalier, a 2008-built Supramax
vessel, was involved in a minor collision caused by another vessel in its vicinity during

Survivors and crew of sunken BC ferry still seeking compensation
CBC.ca – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
(CBC) A BC Ferries worker who barely escaped the
sinking Queen of the North ferry says that after three years of struggling with mental and physical

Selendang Ayu Settlement
Alaska’s SuperStation – AK,USA
Four years ago the
ship became grounded and broke apart off of Unalaska Island. IMC Shipping, out of Singapore, has paid the state nearly 845-thousand

Brazil: a growing poaching presence
FIS.com (Registro) – Tokyo,Argentina
Incidents involving gun firings and even a
collision attempt directed by a Brazilian ship against a Uruguayan military ship have gone beyond the occasional

Piracy

JTF Kills 6 Militants, Frees Hijacked Vessel
THISDAY – Apapa,Lagos,Nigeria
He said they returned
fire, drowning six of the militants suspected to be members of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF) in the process,

Walk the plank? No, gun the skiff

THE CREW of the box ship Boularibank found a novel way to repel Somali pirates, the vessel’s owner said today: tossing large planks of wood at them.

Canada’s release of pirates “nuts,” expert says
Globe and Mail – Canada
Canada is also a signatory to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, which makes
piracy an international crime, formalizing maritime law that dates back

At former British prison, Somali pirates tell their side
McClatchy Washington Bureau – Washington,DC,USA
Five of those prisoners are serving 15-year terms for
piracy. |

Ship captain: Just arming crews won’t stop piracy
The Associated Press
Armed with knives and
fire hoses, Phillips and his crew of about 20 tried and initially failed to fight off a raid by young pirates armed with automatic

Armed Cruise Ship Security Team Fights Off Somali Pirates
InjuryBoard.com – Tampa,FL,USA
and he Israeli security guards opened fire with small arms. The pirates backed off but continued to follow the ship for about 20 minutes firing at it.

New pirate attacks on Italian ship
Ansa news in English – Rome,Rome,Italy
On Wednesday the
ship’s crew fended off another attack 300 miles south-east of Mogadishu after a small boat with seven pirates approached it and opened fire

Maersk to increase its ships’ precautions, but no guns
The Virginian-Pilot – Norfolk,VA,USA
Chalk said Maersk should continue having its ships transit through
maritime corridors where naval ships keep watch. But smaller shipping companies aren’t

Russians detain 29 suspected pirates
United Press International – USA
The would-be hijackers, armed with automatic weapons and grenade launchers, opened
fire on the vessel but were outmaneuvered, a company statement said.

Government studying other measures to protect seamen
Philippine Star – Manila,Philippines
The same circular also gives Filipino
seafarers the option to disembark if he feels any threat passing Somalia. But Roque said not a single seafarer opted

Filipino Seafarers Top Victims of Somali Pirates
Voice of America – USA
“Our experience has been that we have not had any
casualty from among those The International Maritime Bureau says pirate attacks off the Somali coast

Spanish navy arrests pirates
Monsters and Critics.com – USA
with security personnel returning fire. According to Campain Ciro Pinto, the ship was slightly damaged, but none of the passengers suffered any injures.

Sep 072007
 

The Transportation Safety Board Investigation Reveals Inadequacies
Market Wire (press release) – USA
today released its final investigation report (M05W0111) into the June 30, 2005 loss of propulsion and grounding of BC Ferries’ vessel Queen of Oak Bay. Appalling treatment of crew on rat-infested abandoned ship
Shipping Times – UK
The mainly Cameroonian seafarers on board the (now) Greek-owned cargo vessel Meugang 1, have been stranded in the port for three months and have had to
2 ships survive mid-sea collision
Sun.Star – Philippines
In radio interviews, Bohol Coast Guard chief Ursulo Aldoldur and Macabalan port chief Amador Sebastian both received reports about the collision.

Chang Lemin may go Den Den way
Mangalorean.com – Mangalore,India
The vessel has to be towed to deeper waters. But at this point of time when the sea was getting rougher if the tugs give any more thrust the tugs could also

EMSA vessel ‘not involved’ in New Flame operations
bunkerworld – London,UK
The Gibraltar Government has reacted to press reports that the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has dispatched the vessel Mistra Bay to be ready to
Maltese vessel chartered to combat possible oil pollution off Spain
Malta Independent Online – Malta
The Spanish government has chartered the oil recovery vessel, the mt Mistra Bay, to combat possible oil pollution as a result of the grounding of the
Coast Guard, Other Agencies Participate in Response Exercise

Posted 09/06/07 at 10:26 AM

The Coast Guard will lead a multi-agency response exercise this Saturday to implement the preparedness plans of federal, state and local agencies in the Port of Baltimore. Exercise Nautical Shield 2007, is designed to implement the Area Maritime Security Plan, Area Contingency Plan and the Coast Guard’s mass rescue planUsers pledge to fund Malacca Strait safety
SIX countries vow to contribute to navigational safety projects but major European shipowning nations yet to make commitment.

UPDATED on the amount of oil spilled – 5th paragraph : HELCOM to
Newsdesk – Stockholm,Sweden
This operational exercise, the largest maritime emergency and counter-pollution drill of its kind in the Baltic Sea area and one of the largest worldwide,
From Safety At Sea

Felix spares Belize and Yucatan

MANAGUA, Nicaragua 4 September – Powerful Hurricane Felix now looks to be heading away from Belize and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and is expected to make landfall near the Nicaragua-Honduras border today. At 0500, the storm was classed at Category Four with sustained winds in excess of 250 km/hr, but forecasters say the storm could regain Category Five strength before coming ashore. While most of Nicaragua’s ports are on the Pacific coast, the breakbulk port of Puerto Cabezas is in the storm’s path

USCG mobilises in Nawiliwili

THE US Coast Guard is preparing to run the gauntlet of protesters in Hawaii so as to guarnantee passage of the ferry Alakai.

Titan frees stranded Maersk ship

TITAN Salvage reports that the 4,542-teu Maersk Diadema has been freed from a sandbar off the channel into Mexico’s Lazaro Cardenas.

Typhoon menaces Tokyo Bay

TYPHOON No. 9, also known as Litow, is progressing northwards from the Pacific towards Tokyo Bay, where ships at anchor are being advised to take storm precautions.

(The Case of the Errant Hookers covers storm anchorage)