Norcape: Windlass failure/grounding/injury –

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Dec 212012

It was not a pretty picture for the ro-ro freight ferry Norcape aroundwindlassdog Troon Harbour, Scotland on 26-27 November: Bad weather, a failed bowthruster, a damaged windlass and a seafarer injured as a line fouled a propeller, says the UK’s Maritime Accident Investigation Branch, which has just released a report on the incident together with a safety flyer..

On 26-27 November 2011 the ro-ro freight ferry Norcape
suffered a number of accidents, including windlass damage,
An attempt to berth at Troon in the early hours of 26 November was thwarted by the strength of the wind and one of her two bow thrusters failing. The vessel then proceeded to anchorage, across the Firth of Clyde, off the Isle of Arran, but the weather conditions were too severe for her to remain there. While recovering her anchor, the windlass suffered a catastrophic failure and the anchor and cable had to be slipped to enable the vessel to get underway.

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Dec 192012

Damage to Arklow Raider after grounding at entrance to River Boyne

Two recent reports over the past few months, one a grounding the other collision and both with vessels under pilot’s advice, serve as useful lessons regarding hydrodynamic effects and vessel safety even when an expert is aboard.

In the case of Arklow Raider, she grounded as she passed the bar at the mouth of the River Boyne, Eire.

The Marine Casualty Investigation Board report says: “As the vessel approached the river bar, its speed was reportedly reduced. The data from the port’s VTMS gave a speed over the ground of approximately 5.4
knots between the Green and Bull light marks. The speed was 5.1 knots as the vessel passed Aleria light. The speed then dropped to 4.9
knots. At 19:30 hrs. the course was 053°T at 4.3 knots.

“The predicted time of high water was 19:54 hrs., the grounding occurred 20 minutes before the predicted high water. At 19:34 hrs. the vessel would not respond to rudder commands. The Master used both engine and bow thruster in an attempt to resume the correct course. At 19:35 hrs. the vessel touched bottom, veered to port and ran aground”.

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Grounding: BBC Steinhoeft – Pilot Error Was On The Cards

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Jul 192012

view taken from the steering stand position on the bridge. When viewing in line with the forward mast from this point, the left-hand arrow indicates the reference point ashore being viewed, whereas the right-hand arrow indicates the reference point ashore as it would be viewed if one stood on the centreline and took a line of sight with the forward mast.

Pilots cannot know everything about your vessel – lack of critical information on the pilot card, or provided in the master/pilot exchange can put the ship and its crew at risk, as Canada’s Transport Safety Board points out in its report on the grounding of the multipurpose cargo ship BBC Steinhoeft in the South Shore Canal of the St. Lawrence Seaway in March 2011.

Says the TSB report: ”

While Pilot No. 1 was aware of the possibility of a parallax error in navigation due to the offset position of the steering stand, he estimated that error to be about 0.5° and therefore did not compensate for this when giving his navigation orders to the helmsman. The investigation determined that this error was in fact 1.6°.

In navigational areas where tolerances are small, such as in this occurrence, accuracy is of the utmost importance. However, the determination of the parallax error induced by an offset bridge layout is not something that can be accomplished accurately without specific information. In this occurrence, Pilot No. 1 was not provided with such information, and therefore underestimated the extent of the parallax error.”

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Agencies Tackle Jireh Barge Spill

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Jul 132012

A Resolve Marine Group, Inc. diver wearing a hazardous material dive suit surveys a cargo compartment filled with oiled cargo aboard the 202-foot grounded freighter Jireh July 6, 2012 in Mona Island, Puerto Rico. Response contractors have removed approximately 4,050 gallons of diesel and oil water mixture since reponse efforts began June 21, 2012.

US Coast Guard, Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, DRNA, Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board (EQB), and various other federal, state and local response personnel continue oil removal operations Tuesday aboard the grounded 202-foot freigher Jireh on the southern coast of Mona Island, Puerto Rico.

Resolve Marine Group Inc., the Oil Spill Removal Organization for the response, removed an additional 1,775 gallons of diesel fuel from previously inaccessible fuel tanks aboard the Jireh.

“We are making progress and ensuring that all the fuel is being properly removed from the Jireh without impacting the environment,” said Cmdr. David Berliner, Coast Guard Incident Commander for the Response.  “The barge needed to finalize oiled cargo removal and fuel offload operations is expected to arrive to Mona Island between Thursday and Friday.”

Since response operations began June 21, approximately 4,050 gallons of diesel fuel and oil water mixture have been removed from the grounded freighter.   Continue reading »

Grounding: FV Moyuna – Skipper Looked For Light That Wasn’t There

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Jul 132012

Skipper looked for non-existent light following a dodgy track

When the fishing vessel Moyuna grounded on rocks on 21 November 2011 while approaching Ardglass Harbour she became a hard-taught lesson in navigation. An experienced skipper navigating by eye looking for a green light that wasn’t there and following a historic track on a plotter lost positional awareness at night.

It would have been wiser to use the sectored white light on the North Pier which could have guided him safely but he wasn’t looking for it and it was not marked clearly on the chart plotter.

The green light, the Ardtole Beacon, had gone out that day and the harbourmaster had issued an alert by VHF through the Belfast Coastguard but Moyuna was out of range. Continue reading »

Clonlee Grounding: “A minimalistic approach to ISM Code”

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Apr 112012

Refloating of Clonlee at 1000 on the rising tide

What the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch calls “a minimalistic approach …to the objectives of the ISM Code”, combined with a repetitive schedule that produced complacency, a cognitively overloaded Master, an electrical blackout and the lack of manuals for the power supply and distribution system, led to the grounding of the feeder containership Clonlee as she entered the Port of Tyne, England in March 2011.

The bridge and engine room teams did not use the emergency instructions checklist
after the grounding and the engine room team were not aware that the vessel was

Says the MAIB report synopsis”At 0110 on 16 March 2011, the Isle of Man registered feeder container vessel Clonlee suffered an electrical blackout as she entered the Port of Tyne, England. The ship’s engineers were unable to restore the ship’s power immediately and the vessel ran aground on Little Haven Beach at about 6 to 7 knots. The grounding caused no injuries and the vessel’s hull remained intact. Continue reading »

Rena Grounding: Course Deviations And Pricks

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Mar 072012

Master and Second officer pleased guilty

New Zealand’s Transport Accident Investigation Commission has released an interim report of its independent inquiry into the grounding of the containership Rena on Astrolabe Reef, in the Bay of Plenty, at 2.14am on 5 October 2011.

The incident is said to have led to the worst oil spill in New Zealand’s history.

The report sets out facts of the accident that have been able to be verified to date but does not contain analysis of why events happened as they did or say what could change to help prevent a recurrence. These matters will be covered in the Commission’s final inquiry report.

Today’s report describes how the Rena left Napier and deviated from its intended course as it headed to a 3.00am meeting with the Tauranga pilot boat. The report details how the ship was navigated, including the use of its autopilot, GPS positions, and charts. At 1.50am, the report says, the Rena was on a direct track for Astrolabe Reef. Continue reading »

CSL Thames Grounding: Not Enough ECDIS Training

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Mar 012012

View of ECDIS and position of bridge team

Lack of ECDIS-specific training, poorly placed bridge equipement and a master’s lack of support for an inexperienced third officer played key roles in the grounding of CSL Thames, a Maltese registered self-discharging bulk carrier, which grounded briefly in the Sound of Mull on  9 August 2011. An investigation report has now been published by the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch.

At 1026 (UTC +1) on 9 August 2011, CSL Thames, a Maltese registered self-discharging bulk carrier, grounded briefly in the Sound of Mull while on passage from Glensanda to Wilhelmshaven. The vessel sustained bottom damage to her hull, including a 3-metre fracture to one of her water ballast deep tanks, which flooded. There were no reported injuries or pollution.

The MAIB investigation found that CSL Thames ran aground after the third officer had altered the vessel’s course to starboard of the planned track to avoid another vessel. He did not notice that the alteration would take CSL Thames into shallow water, and the audio alarm on the electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS) that should have alerted him to the impending danger was inoperative. Further, the master’s and other watchkeepers’ knowledge of the vessel’s ECDIS was insufficient and therefore no-one within the bridge team questioned the absence of the ECDIS audio alarm, or recognised that the system’s safety contour setting was inappropriate for the planned voyage.

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Sep 232011

Did a drunken prank ground K-Wave?

Boozing on the bridge of the feeder container vessel K-Wave, a missing OOW and an unexplained course alteration while on autopilot led to a grounding incident that Britain’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch refers to as “shocking’. VDR recordings revealed numerous toasts during a birthday party, with the result that the officers’ jobs are now toast.

In its conclusions, the MAIB says: “The shocking nature of this incident, that put many lives and potentially, other vessels at risk, makes a powerful argument for the IMO’s new regulations limiting alcohol consumption by seafarers to be widely and robustly applied”.

At 0546 on 15 February 2011, K-Wave ran aground 13 miles east of Malaga on the south Spanish coast, while on passage from Algeciras to Valencia. At the time of the grounding she was proceeding at full speed, and the bridge was unmanned.

The previous evening an engineer came onto the bridge at 2335 and he remained there, talking to the third officer. At around midnight, the second officer and two other officers came to the bridge. The second officer took over the watch from the third officer, but no lookout was posted and the watch alarm was not activated. Continue reading »