Nov 172010

Whaling protest vessel Ady Gil and the Japanese vessel Shonan Maru No. 2. Photo: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Masters commanding Japanese whaler Shonan Maru No. 2 and the whaling protest boat Ady Gil departed from  International Collision Regulations and engaged in conduct that resulted in the collision says a report released by Maritime New Zealand. The report highlights the need for all masters to exercise restraint and ensure safety remains their highest priority, says Maritime New Zealand, MNZ.

Among the report’s conclusions:

Shonan Maru No. 2 was an overtaking vessel within the meaning of the International Collision Regulations and, as such, the master of Shonan Maru No. 2 had an obligation to keep clear of Ady Gil;It was considered likely that Shonan Maru No. 2 was aware of Ady Gil and its location; Shonan Maru No. 2 had ample opportunity to avoid creating the close quarters situation that developed and the subsequent collision; Shonan Maru No. 2 failed to keep well clear of Ady Gil.
The master of Shonan Maru No. 2 was almost certainly aware of Ady Gil’s unpredictability, and that its master could not be relied on to act as a ‘normal’ seafarer might. Commentary from the Shonan Maru No. 2 video suggests the Shonan Maru No. 2 master was anticipating an attempt to foul Shonan Maru No. 2’s propeller. This added an element of uncertainty to the close quarters situation. Continue reading »

When a Queen Should Give Way To Pride

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Mar 112008

MAIB has published it’s preliminary investigation into a close call between the QE2 and the Pride Of Kent:

At 2200 UTC on 15 December 2007 in light winds and good visibility a close quarters situation occurred between Queen Elizabeth 2 and Pride of Kent.

Queen Elizabeth 2, on passage from Zeebrugge to Southampton, was south west bound in the Dover Strait Traffic Separation Scheme. Her track was biased to the starboard side of the traffic lane. Pride of Kent departed Dover for a scheduled voyage to Calais, observing the voluntary separation scheme established for ferry operators. As the vessels approached, a close quarters situation developed in which Queen Elizabeth 2 was required to give way.

When it became apparent that no avoiding action was being taken by Queen Elizabeth 2, Pride of Kent reduced her speed allowing Queen Elizabeth 2 to pass 0.6mile ahead of Pride of Kent.

There were no injuries to personnel and no pollution.

Action taken:

Following the accident, the Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents has considered the actions taken by both the companies and is satisfied with the steps they have taken to prevent future accidents.

Cunard Line will:

  • Send a letter to the fleet that describes the incident, identifies lessons learnt and provides actions to prevent future recurrence.
  • Provide further development of company specific Bridge Resource Management training.
  • Implement their recently rewritten, and currently trialled, Bridge Resource Management Procedures.

P&O Ferries will:

  • Carry out an internal investigation that will result in a review of bridge procedures throughout the fleet and identify actions to avoid similar situations in the future.