Uiloq Fire: Cold Tube Made Bad Fit

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Jan 252011

Bad connection leads to fire

And another fire, this time due to sparks from an ill-fitting fluorescent tube arrangement, which was dowsed quickly thanks to effective response by the crew of the cargo ship Uiloq . A similar cause earlier led to a fire aboard a Faroese fishing vessel with the tragic loss of 11 lives.

The fire broke out when electric arcing developed in the sockets in a fluorescent tube fixture in the same way as the fire broke out on the Faroese flagged fishing vessel Hercules in 2007.

Fluorescent tube fixtures with poor mechanical andelectric connection between the sockets and the tubes and with ballasts without open circuit and short circuit protection present a potential risk of causing fire on ships that are moving and vibrating . The fluorescent tubes in question did not fulfil the requirements for preventing over- heating damaging cables and surrounding material. Continue reading »


Villem Clausen Slamming – Speed ‘Unsafe’ – RTFM With Care

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Aug 022010

imageDenmark’s Maritime Authority says that the operations manual for the Bornholmstrafikken-owned, Austal-built ferry Villem Clausen did not provide the vessel’s master with sufficient information regarding safe speed in heavy weather. This contributed to the vessel slamming into ‘one or more waves’ at 33-35 knots on 11 January 2010, during a crossing from Ystad in Sweden to Rønne on the island of Bornholm.

Six passengers were thrown out of their seats and injured as was one crewmember when the vessel hit the waves. Upon arrival in Rønne, two of the six injured passengers had to be treated at the local hospital. The most severe injury was a broken hip.

The slamming caused severe indentations in the bow. Continue reading »


AP Moeller Incident: Plan for Safety, Not Funerals

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Jun 202010

image A second officer and the ABs under his command during unmooring operations either did not realize the risk associated with the job they were doing or tolerated the risk, given their previous experience in similar situations says a report from the Danish Maritime Authority on an incident aboard the AP Moeller  in Singapore which an AB was injured when a rope guide broke and a spring line hit an AB on his right hip, throwing him against a windlass resulting in injuries to his hip, head and arm requiring hospitalisation.

Mooring operations are inherently hazardous, involving complex factors and enormous stresses. Injuries are unfortunately common and often horrendous, if not fatal. The routine nature of mooring operations, however, and the speed of container operations, too often lead to lack of planning,  ‘safety blindness’ and complacency.

If you don’t plan for safety, plan for a funeral.

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Danish Investigators “Incompetent, Unprofessional” Says Maersk FPSOs

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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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