Jul 252010
 

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Check equipment, systems, and components, and review associated technical manuals to ensure that all items requiring maintenance are captured and make sure the maintenance is carried out, says the US Coast Guard following a recent casualty.

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Apr 292010
 

image In February the push boat JR Nichols sank in the Houston Ship Channel when it was caught in the wake of a tractor tug. The US Coast Guard has issued the following safety alert.(Thanks to Dennis Bryant for bringing this to our attention)

Recently a push boat operating “unfaced” (no barges attached) in the Houston Ship Channel flooded and sank while in the wake of tractor tug resulting in the death of the push boat crew and the narrow escape of two others. Although the investigation is not yet compete, it appears that the following occurred: The vessel’s watertight doors leading to its engine room had each been pinned open. The push boat had very little freeboard and was fully loaded with fuel and water. As it took the wake of the tractor tug, the vessel listed to one side and down flooded the engine room through a watertight door. As it rolled to the other side, it took on more water, eventually sink stern first and coming to rest on the bottom of the channel in an upright position. A person working in the engine room was trapped by the incoming water and drowned. Two others narrowly escaped death after being trapped in a berthing area for over 10 minutes, breathing only a pocket of air before taking dramatic efforts to reach the surface through a broken window.

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Apr 152010
 

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Vacancy No. 10-1566-HQ-DC-M
Department US Coast Guard

Locations: WASHINGTON, DCJob

Title: MARINE INVESTIGATIONS PROGRAM ANALYST

Department: Department Of Homeland Security

Agency: United States Coast Guard

Salary Range: 105,211.00 – 136,771.00 USD /year

Job Announcement Number: 10-1566-HQ-DC-M

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Nov 182009
 
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Alaska Ranger

Loss of a rudder post from the fishing vessel Alaska Ranger lead to progressive flooding exacerbated by poor watertight integrity and a unexpected sternwards movement led to the loss of five of her 47 crew, and would probably have taken more if not for the rescue efforts of the US Coast Guard and the crew of a nearby ship, the Alaska Warrior, and the vessel itself. Most of those on board were asleep at the time of the accident.

The US NTSB has issued its final report on the sinking and in part is critical of conservation laws that prohibit shipowners from replacing unsafe vessels working in some of the harshest working conditions in the world.

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Aug 202009
 

road-highway-blue-generator Dennis Bryant reports that the US Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston has issued a bulletin reminding owners and operators of waterfront facilities of the obligation to provide reasonable access to ships berthed at the facilities for such functions as shore leave, crew change, vessel visitors, and delivery of stores. Facility security plans without such ship access provisions will not be approved or renewed. Port Security Information Bulletin 04-09 (8/17/09).

Says Dennis: “I understand that this is an important issue for ships and a sensitive issue for waterfront facilities. I also understand that the majority of waterfront facilities currently provide reasonable access to ships. There remain, though, a minority of facilities that need this kind of encouragement to do the right thing.”

Jul 172008
 

Bridge Alarms on the Button for Denmark

After the general cargo ship KAREN DANIELSEN collided with the Great Belt Bridge in 2005, Denmark and the Bahamas submitted a proposal to the UN’s International Maritime Organization (IMO) on a carriage requirement for a bridge navigational watch alarm system. The system triggers an alarm if the OOW is incapacitated, e.g. has fallen asleep. The significance of such a system was once again made topical with the collisions off the Danish island Bornholm earlier this year.

Based on the Danish proposal the IMO Sub-Committee for Safety of Navigation (NAV) agreed to forward the proposal to the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC). MSC is now to decide if new ships must be equipped with a bridge navigational watch alarm system as of 1 July 2011. With regards to existing ships, the Sub-Committee agreed that, the equipment should be installed in connection with the first survey after 1 July 2012. The same applies to other ships over 3,000 GT. Ships below 500 GT and 150 GT the deadline for installation is 1 July 2013 and 1 July 2014 respectively.

The proposal from the Sub-Committee is now pending the approval by the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) at its session in November this year. Since it is a matter of new mandatory regulations, the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) stipulates a number of provisions on the coming into force of the regulations, which leads to the above mentioned phasing in of the requirement on a bridge navigational watch alarm system.

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St. Louis – river re-opened to all traffic

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May 122008
 

In the wake of the sinking of the Alaska Ranger, the US Coast has issued a marine safety alert advising vessel owners and operators to examine their vessels’ watertight integrity and the placement of high-level bilge alarms within their vessels.

The alert was issued in light of information revealed during the ongoing marine board of investigation for the sinking of the Alaska Ranger March 28, that resulted in the loss of five lives, as well as other accident investigations that identified similar issues.

The Coast Guard advised vessel owners and operators to implement a watertight door inspection program that will help ensure all watertight decks and bulkheads are inspected periodically.  The inspections should ensure the watertight doors will function properly to prevent progressive flooding in the event of an accident or other incident that causes flooding. The Coast Guard also recommended that all vessel crewmembers be familiar with the locations of watertight doors and weather tight closures throughout their vessels.

The safety alert further urged vessel owners and operators to ensure high-level bilge alarms are arranged to provide the earliest warnings of the abnormal accumulation of water.  These alarms should be set as low as possible to the deck or bilge-well along the center-most area of the bilge.