Feb 072013
 
Tug Adonis inverted

Tug Adonis inverted

Three important lessons have emerged from the investigation into the capsize of the tug Adonis at Gladstone, Qld on 11 June 2011 says Australia’s Transport Safety Bureau, ATSB: Masters of tugs, regardless of size, need to be actively aware of the signs that a tug might be in danger of capsizing and what to do to lessen this danger;  In multiple tug operations, masters need to plan the passage and consider the speed of the passage and when it is time to release the towline;  It is also essential that masters communicate frequently throughout the passage bring any concerns about speed to the other master’s attention.

On 11 June the harbour tug Adonis, which had four persons on board, was engaged in an operation with a second tug, Wolli, to move an Australian registered unmanned steel flattop dumb barge (Chrysus) in the port of Gladstone, Queensland. Adonis capsized during the operation. Three of the four persons on board escaped but the fourth drowned in the wheelhouse. Continue reading »

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