Jun 162011


Track of the Chantaco: Commercial pressures helped put her aground.

Due worsening weather the master of the chemical tanker Chantaco wanted to go alongside the terminal at Oxelösund, Sweden. Afraid of incurring costs the vessel’s charterers refused to allow him to do so. That decision, says Sweden’s Transport Agency, contributed to the grounding of the ship on 9 November 2010 after in dragged anchor.


While there were other contributing factors, including increasing winds during afternoon and night, the master’s decision to anchor too close to shallow water, and no recommended alert around the anchor position as well as the rolling of the vessel, commercial pressure put the safety of the vessel and crew at risk.

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Apr 252011

A disconnected cable resulted in the master being unable to put the engine into neutral or astern from ahead and a subsequent hard contact with the jetty at Nybrokajen says the Swedish Transport Agency. Some 24 passengers one injured, including one broken collarbone.

Why the cable disconnected is unknown and no disconnection alarm was fitted. A casual observation would not have revealed the problem because of the cable covering. The incident does highlight the need to initiate critical manouevres with enough time to take appropriate action.

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Apr 282010

imageVentilation systems in many chemical tankers are not built in accordance with IBC code or SOLAS requirements says the Casualty Investigation Unit of Sweden’s Transportstyrelsen, Transport Agency, releasing its report into the overpressure and explosion aboard the chemical tanker Vingatank on 23 February, 2010.

Says STA: “the chemical tanker Vingatank arrived at Brofjorden on the Swedish west coast after a ballast trip from Kristiansand in south Norway. It was very cold with a temperature of 10ºC below zero.

The second officer checked the P/V valves after arrival and the loading of vacuum gasoil started at 20.05 on 22 February.

Just before midnight a high pressure alarm sounded from tank no. 2 port. The OOW shifted the loading over to tanks no. 3 starboard and port. He reset the alarm and ordered the AB to check the P/V valve. The AB saw fumes coming out of the valve which made the OOW think that it was OK to commence loading. The pressure in no. 2 port tank was normal when the loading of the tank started after the first alarm.

After a while there was a second high pressure alarm from tank no. 2 port. Also at this time the AB saw fumes coming out of the P/V valve. The OOW then assumed that the sensor did not work properly.

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Aug 182009

image Eight people have reportedly been arrested for the hijacking of the Arctic Sea. It is alleged that the group of four Estonians, two Latvians and two Russians, approached Arctic Sea in a dinghy requesting help to repair a vessel then took over the ship at gunpoint on 24 July.

Arctic Sea’s crew of 15 are safe and are being debriefed by Russian naval personnel. The vessel, missing for two weeks after disappearing in the English Channel was found by the Russian Navy off Cape Verde Islands two days after denials were issued that she had been seen there.

Stil unexplained is why a Russian naval vessel transmitted an AIS signal from the Bay of Biscay on Saturday.

According to Malta’s Maritime Authority, Arctic Sea is flagged in Malta, Finnish, Swedish and Maltese authorities are conducting investigations in close cooperation into the alleged offences relating to the cargo vessel Arctic Sea.

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Aug 172009

image Malta’s Maritime Authority has issued an update on the Arctic Sea, which is flagged in Malta, regarding an international criminal investigation:

The Finnish, Swedish and Maltese authorities are conducting investigations in close cooperation into the alleged offences relating to the cargo vessel Arctic Sea.

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