Pacific Adventurer Gets Lashed For Rocking Roll

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Jan 292011

Hull damage caused by oberboard containers

Australia’s Transport Safety Board has released its report into the lost of containers from the containership Pacific Adventurer, the subsequent holing of the hull and subsequent pollution.

The ATSB investigation found that the most plausible explanation for Pacific
’s severe, and at times violent, rolling motions was synchronous rolling, as a result of the ship’s natural roll period matching that of the encounter period of the waves experienced.

While the master took action to avoid the rolling, in accordance with the guidance in the ship’s safety management system, this action was not sufficient. The option of altering the ship’s stability by adjusting the seawater ballast in its tanks, and therefore its natural roll period, as the ship made its way up the Queensland coast, was not considered.
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HK Director of Marine orders investigation into collision

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Dec 062010
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Hong Kong’s  Director of Marine has ordered an investigation into a collision that occurred early this morning (December 7). Meanwhile, the Marine Department’s Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre is co-ordinating a search and rescue operation for seven missing crew of a sand barge involved in the collision.

At 3.15am, the Marine Police received a report that a sand barge with 14 crew members on board and a container vessel with nine crew members collided east of Tung Lung Chau.

The sand barge capsized and is semi-submerged at the southern tip of Tung Lung Chau. A marker buoy has been laid to mark the position.

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Song Cheng Grounding: The Back Fell Off After 13 Years

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Nov 262010

Song Cheng: After 13 Years the rudder fell off

Song Cheng, a 1987-built containership registered in China grounded in the Kanmon Strait last year because its rudder fell off, says Japan’s Mainichi Daily News. It reports on the Japan Transport Safety Board investigation into the incident on 28 July 2009.

According to the Mainichi report: “…investigators found that a part designed to prevent the nut holding the rudder in place from coming loose appeared to have never been installed. Additionally, a plate meant to keep seawater out from where the rudder and the body of the ship met was also apparently never installed. This may have allowed seawater to enter and weaken the structure around the nut, the report said”.

Says Mainichi: “The safety board noted it had “never before heard of” a merchant ship having an accident at sea caused by a rudder falling off”.

After 13 years the rudder of the Panasia Shipping-owned vessel fell off, the vessel lost steering and after narrowly colliding with another vessel ran aground.

Martians On Watch? The Tokyo Bay UFO

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Aug 052010

Tokyo Bay - Buzzed by ET?

MAC’s interests are nothing if not eclectic so he was intrigued by a report of a rather spectacular UFO sighting from the P&O Nedlloyd containership Tokyo Bay while enroute from Port Klang, Malaysia to Southampton. The report, made to the UK Meteorological Office and passed on to the Ministry of Defence, has been release by Britain’s National Archives among other MoD UFO reports.

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BSU Releases MOB Report – No Lifejacket, Again

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Aug 022010

image Germany’s Bundesstelle für Seeunfalluntersuchung, Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation, has released its report of a man overboard in the roads of Kaohsiung,Taiwan in July 2009. The report is in German. Again, the seafarer was not wearing a lifejacket while climbing the pilot ladder from a tender to board the ship.

The casualty, an overweight ship mechanic, fell while climbing the ladder from a boarding platform on a tender. He was unable to reach a lifebuoy throw to him. Suddenly he stopped swimming.

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Dodgy Containers Put Masters, Shipowners At Sea

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Jul 062010

Martyn Haines - warns of container danger

Not infrequently, shippers are a little less than entirely forthcoming about what’s in their boxes, whether it’s how much it weighs or what’s actually inside. It puts masters and ship owners at risk but it’s a tough nut to crack, says Martyn Haines, Senior Claims Director, UK P&I Club.

The huge liabilities which can be incurred by ship owners when containers are lost overboard are frequently compounded by the problems of establishing the circumstances surrounding a particular incident and incomplete knowledge of the containers’ contents.

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APL Sydney Gas Pipeline Rupture – Comms The Snag

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Apr 282010

Ethane bubbles to the surface, potential for explosion

What you see in the photograph is the result of a ruptured ethane gas pipe in Port Phillip, Australia. It was the result of poor communications, culture gap, key players kept out of the information loop and a pilot’s unchallenged decision to try and dredge the anchor of a drifting containership, APL Sydney.

It is an excellent example of a holistic accident and perhaps a timely reminder, with typhoons on the way to brush-up on anchoring in bad weather.

At 1428 on 13 December 2008, the Hong Kong registered container ship APL Sydney’s starboard anchor was let go in Melbourne anchorage. Four minutes later, the pilot left the bridge and by 1436, he had disembarked the ship. The 35 knot south-southwest wind was gusting to 48 knots. A submarine gas pipeline lay 6 cables (1.1 km) downwind.

By 1501, after dragging its anchor, the ship was outside the anchorage boundary. The master advised harbour control he intended to weigh anchor and was instructed to maintain position and wait for a pilot. At 1527, when weighing anchor was started after receiving permission from harbour control, the ship was within 50 m of the pipeline. While weighing anchor, the anchor dragged across the pipeline, snagged it at about 1544 and, subsequently, the anchor windlass failed.

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Maersk Kendal – Complacency, BTM, Culture And VDRs

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Mar 212010

Reef - 1, Maersk Kendal - 0, teaamwork might have been the answer

MAIB’s report on the grounding of the containership Maersk Kendal on the Monggok Sebarok reef in the Singapore Strait on 16 September 2009 presents some all-too familiar problems and a package of lessons to learn. Complacency, lack of voyage planning, failure of bridge teamwork and inadequate awareness of the information being provided by the Singapore Vessel Traffic information service, were contributory factors.

Two items in the report in particular caught MAC’s attention. The first is the role of cultural factors in the bridge team which were also covered in the report on the grounding of chemical tanker Maria M. In that case a abrasive and abusive Italian master resulted in a bridge team that was afraid to challenge, question or advise him. On Maersk Kendall the situation between the British master and an Indian chief officer was very different, they appeared to be on good terms and the master’s standing orders required the bridge team to question the master if in any doubt concerning his actions yet it still didn’t happen.

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Scary As She Goes For Romanian Tug

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Mar 142010

MAC doesn’t have any further data on the incident shown in this video involving CMA CGM DeBussy. It occurred in Romania, at Constanţa, so the results of any investigation, if there is one, may never be made publicly available.

We’d be happy to hear more about this accident. Fortunately there were no human casualties.

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