Call for reports of accidents in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore

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Jan 192011
 

BIMCO is appealing for reports of accidents in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.

Here’s its announcement:

At the 35th meeting of the Tripartite Technical Experts Group on “The Safety of Navigation in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore” held at Yogyakarta, Indonesia on 4-7 October 2010, the Round Table of international shipping associations (RTisa) agreed with Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore to initiate a project aimed at improving navigational safety within the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SoMS).

This project will focus on an analysis of marine accidents and incidents that have occurred in the SoMS between 2000 and 2010. The analysis would serve well to identify the causes behind such incidents, and thereby enable the coastal states and other stakeholders to implement appropriate corrective measures. Continue reading »

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PSA Seminar on management and major accident risk

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Dec 102010
 

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Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) is holding a seminar in English on management and major accident risk at its Stavanger offices on 26 January 2011.

The background for the seminar is a series of meetings conducted by the PSA with 15 different companies and licence joint ventures over the past three years.

Management representatives at these sessions will explain how they maintain an overview of and work to reduce the major accident risk to which their company is exposed.

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Chirp To Get The Safety Chop

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Dec 102010
 
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Has Chirp had its chips?

Support for one of the best known confidential accident and close call reporting schemes, the Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme, CHIRP, is to be cut by the UK’s Department for Transport. The department will depend upon the private sector and leave the UK without such a scheme.

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Ortegal Uno Capsize: insufficient culture of safety

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Nov 152010
 

ortegal Germany’s Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation says that the capsize and sinking of the fishing vessel Ortegal Uno was caused by a ‘sequence of factors which… reveal an
insufficient culture of safety in terms of the modification, monitoring and operation of
the vessel.

Ortegal Uno capsized and sank in heavy weather after several large waves flooded the fish processing area, which was not fitted with appropriate drainage. There inadequate watertight integrity, which led to flooding of other areas of the vessel and a list that went from 40 degrees to 60 degrees.

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NEPIA/NI Launch Evidence Handbook

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Nov 142010
 

North P&I Club and The Nautical Institute have  launched  The Mariner’s Role in Collecting Evidence – Handbook.

The handbook, written by a team from the North of England P&I Association, augments another, larger book published by the Institute: The Mariner’s Role in Collecting Evidence – in the Light of ISM by Dr Phil Anderson, also of the Institute’s North East England Branch.

Says the Nautical Institute’s president James Robinson: “The publications are a response to the increasingly litigious world faced by seafarers and designated persons ashore, said Institute … Seafarers are wary of facing litigation or claims and the fear criminalisation is increasing”.

This was recognised by The Nautical Institute 20 years ago when the first of the Mariner’s Role in Collecting Evidence books was published. The Institute’s North Eastern Branch has maintained its association with the book throughout that time.

Robinson says that the Institute is offering the book and handbook to help those at sea and ashore alike in the collection, preservation and use of evidence in marine claims. “Use of them both will build confidence when gathering evidence to present to those unfamiliar with shipboard operations – including doctors, insurers, statisticians, civil servants, lawyers and judges. They may need to be informed about the background to an incident under investigation in order to understand it properly” says the NI.

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Tug Did Not Respond To Distress Calls – Phil. Duck Report

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Sep 102010
 
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A Ride the Duck DUKW in Seattle, similar to the amphibious vessel which sank in the Delaware

Distress calls and warnings by the master of the Ride the Duck DUKW that his vessel was disabled were not responded to by the tug Caribbean Sea which was handling a barge which collided with the DUKW and sank it, says a preliminary report from the US National Transportation Safety Board.

Says the accident report: “On Wednesday, July 7, 2010, the empty 250-foot-long sludge barge The Resource, being towed alongside the 78.9-foot-long towing vessel M/V Caribbean Sea, allided with the anchored 33-foot amphibious small passenger vessel DUKW 34 in the Delaware River near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The DUKW 34, operated by Ride the Ducks, carried 35 passengers and 2 crewmembers. On board the Caribbean Sea were 5 crewmembers. As a result of the allision, the DUKW 34 sank in about 55 feet of water. Two passengers were fatally injured, and 10 passengers suffered minor injuries. No one on the Caribbean Sea was injured.

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Scots Scalloper Scalping Seafarers?

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Aug 312010
 
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Olivia Jean - keeping the pressgang alive

Look past the UK Maritime Accident Investigation Branch’s comment “From the state of the vessel, and the way in which it was being operated, it could be construed that the owner (of the Annan, Scotland-based scalloper Olivia Jean) was showing a total disregard for the safety and welfare of his employees and share-fishermen on board” and its criticism of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency “In the case of Olivia Jean, the MCA’s ability to establish and impose the regulations has been ineffective, and the owner was able to operate the vessel in flagrant breach of existing regulations” and one comes across just a hint of the dreadful and abusive conditions that applied on the vessels of Olivia Jean Ltd and TN Trawlers.

Set aside the painful hour a seafarer with ribs broken by a parted trawl wire and, at the time, undetermined internal injuries, had to wait until assistance was called for, an the appalling lack of concern for safety, read this extract:

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Aug 222010
 
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Glove contaminated with stearin

Three contract ‘sweepers’ boarded the oil and chemical tanker Bro Arthur at the Cargill terminal, Hamburg, Germany. They were behaving strangely and smelled of alcohol but allowed to enter the No. 2 cargo hold to ‘sweep’ the remains of a cargo of stearin, a waxy substance typically used in making soaps, candles and cosmetics.

The ship’s chief officer noticed the men’s odd behaviour. The ship’s chief cook and messman noticed both odd behaviour and a smell of alcohol but did not report it to the chief officer. A supercargo who was to direct the sweeping operations noticed the smell of alcohol on the worker’s breath but in Hamburg, very few companies carry out cargo “sweeping”. In the supercargo’s view, obtaining a replacement team would have been very difficult, and there was a commercial responsibility on him to discharge the rest of the cargo as soon as possible.

There was insufficient guidance in the ship’s Safety Management System about the control and management of contractors.

Only two of the men came out of cargo tank two alive.

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Shen Heng Pumps Out “Cold Honey”

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Apr 112010
 

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The first step to float the grounded Shen Neng 1 will be taken today, said Maritime Safety Queensland General Manager Patrick Quirk.

MSQ this morning gave the green light to ‘blow down’ the vessel’s breached tanks with high pressure air as the oil recovery process reaches its end.

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