Feb 222010
 

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Fast Ann a 1980-built decommissioned and unmanned 1,740 tonne cargo vessel waiting to be dismantled, parted her moorings on an ebb tide in dense fog in the River Humber on 19 January 2010. Her radar echo was acquired and tracked by Humber Vessel Traffic Services (VTS), who made several unsuccessful attempts to establish communications with the unknown contact. A pilot vessel and two tugs were then tasked to investigate. One of the tugs managed to identify the vessel and made fast a tow line to her stern. Dense fog and a strong ebb tide of about 4 knots hindered the efforts of the tug, which could not prevent Fast Ann from making contact with the Immingham Oil Terminal structure.

There was damage to vessel’s bow structure and starboard side railings and IOT suffered damage to the structure supporting the pipelines. Continue reading »

Job –ATSB – Transport Safety Investigator – Materials Failure Specialist

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Feb 032010
 

imageThe Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is looking for a qualified, experienced and highly motivated materials/metallurgical engineer, metallurgist or equivalent, to join the Canberra forensic materials engineering team.

The Transport Safety Investigator – Materials Failure Specialist will undertake forensic engineering investigations into transport accidents and incidents in accordance with the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003. In this unique and challenging role, you will contribute to the maintenance and improvement of Australian transport safety by examining, analysing and reporting on damage and failures associated with safety occurrences within the aviation, rail and marine transport industries.

For more information click here

Maritime Safety & Security News – 1 February 2010

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Feb 012010
 

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7 dead, 27 missing after Indonesian sea accident
BusinessWeek
A Chinese passenger was rescued by fishermen shortly after the accident, first reported by authorities Sunday. The boat’s captain reportedly ignored a stor

Two men die during a work-related accident at an Alcoa plant in Quebec
The Canadian Press
Quebec provincial police constable Marc Butz said a 30-year-old man died Saturday after a one ton weight fell on a him as he was helping load a ship at the

Eight missing after boat sinks in Bataan: Coast Guard
ABS CBN News
by a passing vessel, said PCG spokesman Commander Armand Balilo. It was unclear why the fishing boat’s owner only reported the sinking days later,

Bridge closed two hours after barge strike
Henderson Gleaner
In April 2008, the motor vessel George King with a tow of 15 barges struck a northbound pier. At that time, the Coast Guard said the pilot indicated strong

Russian border guards fire at two Japanese vessels, crews not hurt
ITAR-TASS
After warning shooting, fire was opened to make the vessel stop, sources of the Russian Security Service’s Sakhalin coast guard department said on Saturday.

Sternwheeler Willamette Queen runs aground near Oregon City, Ore
By cgnews
The Coast Guard responded to the grounding of the the stern-wheeler Willamette Queen near Oregon City,Ore., Sunday. The 87-foot riverboat was being escorted by two Coast Guard Auxiliary vessels when it ran aground with 80 passengers

Carnival Cruise Ship Strikes Pier in St. Kitts
Lawfuel (press release)
The accident resulted in a 15 foot gash along the hull of the Miracle close to the waterline of the ship, according to reports. According to Carnival Cruise

Ship moved from Red Sea reef
Divernet
Assessors for the Hong Kong-flagged vessel decided that the ship, which remained stuck fast at the bow, was salvageable. It was lightened forward

Research vessel comes a cropper
Otago Daily Times
One student was on board with the crew at the time of the accident, but no-one was injured. Alternative arrangements had been made to allow some students to

Seaman rescued asylum seekers after igoring orders
The Age
the explosion he had told one of the asylum seekers, who could speak English, to ask the others to remain calm because an Australian ship was coming to

Napoli clear-up continues in Dorset
Dorset Echo
By James Tourgout » They are still seeing debris washed ashore from the stricken cargo ship following its grounding in Lyme Bay in January 2007.

Ghost Fleet tanker finally freed from James River muck
Daily Press
Initial efforts to remove the ship began on the first high tide following its grounding. Four high-powered tugs dispatched to the ship tried unsuccessfully

Piracy

Somalia pirates release Greek cargo ship

Pirates in Somalia have released the Greek-owned cargo ship Filitsa and its crew of 22 after a ransom was paid, Greek officials said.

Pirates sailing Asian Glory, with ten Ukrainians on board, into Indian Ocean
Kyiv Post
As earlier reported, on January 2, 2010, Somali pirates hijacked the Asian Glory, a British-flagged car carrier, owned by London-based Zodiac Maritime

STATUS OF SEIZED VESSELS AND CREWS IN SOMALIA
Australia.TO
Captain and crew are desperate and pleaded for international assistance,” Andrew Mwangura of the East African Seafarer’s Assistance Programme confirmed by

Turkish frigate sets sail for anti-piracy mission
People’s Daily Online
Turkish frigates have participated in international missions under NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2 to hunt Somali pirates in the area.

Nigeria: Stakeholders Canvass Ways of Combating Piracy
AllAfrica.com
Lagos — “What became clear in 2008 and 2009, and continued into 2010, is that Somali maritime piracy is big business,” stated a policy paper published last

Off The Radar

HMS Victory to be passed over to new museum
Portsmouth News
At the same time, Peter Goodship of Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust has led the purchase of Explosion! museum at Priddy’s Hard in Gosport and is due to

Charcoal Smuggling Ship Burns Out In Mogadishu
Tolerance
A cargo ship smuggling illegal charcoal from Kisimayo to Oman has caught fire, burned out and went partly under. Reports say that ship had taken illegally

Mary Woods No. 2 sinks at Jacksonport State Park
KAIT
He said they will further investigate the ship’s sinking. “I don’t know what happened and we don’t know what happened,” said Ballard.

MAIB Safety Digest – Risk Assess Now – Before You Learn The Hard Way

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Nov 302009
 

imageRisk assessments, often, and unwisely, seen as little more than mere paperwork by busy seafarers are the focus of MAIB Chief Inspector Stephen Meyer in his introduction to the latest MAIB Safety Digest.

Writes Meyer: “It is only a year since I last wrote about the importance of risk assessments. However, in the past 12 months, so many deaths have been reported that could have been avoided by a simple consideration of the risks, that I feel compelled to return to the subject.

Just the phrase “risk assessment” is enough to cause most mariners’ eyes to glaze over. “More paperwork and bureaucracy” I hear you cry. But what I am after is the thought process, not the paperwork. Let me give you a couple of examples.

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Nov 252009
 

The US National Transportation Safety Board’s course Marine Accident Investigation, MS 101, scheduled for 7-11 December, 2009, at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia near Washington, DC, still has openings for interested  mid- to senior-level marine industry professionals.

The weeklong course covers the Safety Board’s processes and procedures during a major marine accident; reviews human factors, medical factors, and electronic data elements in a marine investigation; offers best practices for comprehensive and thorough interviewing techniques; and shares report preparation guidelines.

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New Podcast: The Case of theToppling Tug Part 2 & Acidic Assassin

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Nov 152009
 

Part 2 of The Case of the Toppling Tug – the Bourbon Dolphin incident is now available in the library for premium subscribers.

The Case Of The Acidic Assassin is now available on the free podcasts page

The Case of the Bosun’s Crush is now in the library for premium subscribers

Nov 102009
 

Denmark’s Maritime Administration has released its third quarter casualty report from its Division for Investigation of Maritime Accidents. Incidents include the grounding of the tanker Maria Soltin, the total loss of fishing vessel Blue Lady and about two men, who fell overboard from a small boat and drowned.

Maria Soltin
Read Quarterly Information here

See also:

Maria Soltin Grounding – OOW Didn’t Have Eye On The Ball

MAIB Chief to Retire – Hard Act To Follow

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Nov 082009
 

Britain’s Maritime Accident Investigation Branch is looking for a chief Investigator to succeed Rear-Admiral Stephen Meyer, whose second three-year stint at MAIB comes to an end shortly.

Since 2002, when Rear Admiral John Lang retired from MAIB, Stephen Meyer has continued to maintain MAIB and effective organisation although having much responsibility with little authority to enforce its recommendations. Sometimes controversial, as in the case of MSC Napoli and Eurovoyager, Meyer’s subtle sense of British humour is evident in the MAIB safety digests and, to anyone who has spoken with him, a firm, no-nonsense approach that sought to maintain MAIB’s independence, and influence on maritime accident investigation agencies elsewhere in the world.

Meyer joined the branch at 51, after a Royal Navy career covering 34 years. A navigation specialist, he commanded six warships, including the amphibious ship HMS Fearless, and the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious. As a Rear Admiral, he served first in Bosnia as the Military Adviser to the High Representative, and was subsequently the Commander of UK Maritime Forces, the Royal Navy’s Seagoing Admiral. His final appointment in the military was as Chief of Staff in the UK’s Permanent Joint Headquarters.

His successor will report directly to the Secretary of State for Transport, and be personally responsible for the conduct of marine accident investigations.

Says MAIB: “The purpose of the MAIB is to improve safety at sea. The Chief Inspector is required to discharge the UK’s responsibility for the independent safety investigation of marine accidents, and to satisfy all stakeholders that marine accidents are investigated in an exemplary manner.

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to head up the world leader in marine accident investigation. The successful candidate will have excellent leadership skills, a professional background at a senior level within the marine industry, as well as a professional qualification in a recognised marine discipline.”

His successor will face a challenging job well-worth the relatively modest 100,000 sterling a year pay check.

For more information go here.

Sep 152009
 

NL boat sank rapidly, fisherman says, as search continues for
The Canadian Press
Stephen Brothers, a 31-year-old fisherman who heard a distress call from the sinking vessel, said it was clear the incident Saturday morning occurred

On The Waterfront: Death of Lakewood dockworker raises safety issue
Contra Costa Times
Rivera was helping supervise a ship offloading when he was fatally hit by a forklift driver. Meanwhile, internet message boards frequented by longshoremen

Violent seas caused trawler to sink
The Press Association
Investigators said either a wave or waves caused sections of the ship’s hull to buckle and catastrophically fail, ultimately causing the ship to sink.

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