Dec 072011

On 13 November 2010, Maersk Lancer was to depart from Esbjerg. While taking in the gangway, the lifting wire got stuck in one of the stanchions on the handrail on the gangway.

To get it loose two ship’s assistants entered the gangway and worked with the wire.
When it got loose, the handrail to the shore side fell in a sudden move into stowage position. One of the ship’s assistants lost his balance and fell off the gangway. He was not wearing a safety harness and fall arrest system. He fell approximately 5 metres to the pier.

Denmark’s Maritime Accident Investigation Board notes that the vessel departed earlier than planned and says that “Due to the earlier departure, the Injured Person and the watchkeeping ship’s assistant felt they were in a hurry and under stress… When working on the gangway, the IP normally used a safety harness and fall arrest, but he did not do so on this occasion due to stress and the problem with the lifting wire”.

That lapse under stress happened because a known problem with the gangway had not been fixed: “Due to a problem with the lifting wire getting caught on an eye of one of the stanchions
on the gangway, the IP and the ship’s assistant had to derogate from normal procedures.
The problem with the lifting wire getting stuck on an eye on a stanchion has occurred frequently on Maersk Lancer and is well known in other supply vessels in the company’s fleet using the same gangway system. The problem is usually solved without any problems”.
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See also

MV Alpha, Uncontrolled ladder descent Killed 3O

Safety Alert – Avoiding Death On The Gangway

Ever Elite MOB Fatality – Lessons From A Systemic Death

EMS Trader: Hazardous Pilot Rig Led To Fatal MOB

Badly-Made Gangway Could Have Killed

Blue Angel: Luck and CPR

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Jul 222011

Ble Angel, victim's position posed in foreground

If ever an argument had to be made for effective CPR training the report on a man overboard incident from the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch is it. After 4.5 to six minutes at about 40 metres the victim was brought up with no signs of life, given CPR for several minutes then started to cough, was medevaced and has made a full recovery.

The victim suffered a burst lung and other injuries due to immersion at depth.

The incident also shows the enormous value of having a knife easily available in sch circumstances.

Here’s the MAIB synopsis:

At 1248 UTC on 6 January 2011, a fisherman on board the 8.24m potter Blue Angel was dragged overboard when his leg became caught in the back rope of a fleet of creels that was being shot over the stern. He was submerged for several minutes at a depth of up to 40 metres before the two remaining crewmen managed to recover him on board and administer first-aid. A coastguard helicopter arrived on scene swiftly and transferred the fisherman to hospital where he made a full recovery.
The MAIB investigation found that Blue Angel’s creels could become jammed in the stern opening if they were dragged through at certain angles. Working practices on board meant that when a fisherman went aft to free a jammed creel, he was likely to walk on or near the back rope and risk becoming caughtin a bight of rope and being draggedoverboard. Furthermore, there was no system of positive communication between the fishermen and the skipper to ensure that the boat was slowed and the weight taken off the back line when a crew member went aft. Although
personal flotation devices (PFD) were available on board, they were not worn routinely by the crew. The vessel’s owner has been recommended to
improve the safety of the self-shooting arrangement on board.

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Jun 072011

From 17 June this year all member states of the European Union must implement Directive 2009/18/EC to have independent safety investigation bodies, to investigate very serious casualties and to publish reports within 12 months. They must also notify marine casualties and incidents to the European Maritime Casualty Information Platform, EMCIP, a non-publicly available database to store and analyse accident-related data about marine casualties and incidents.

EMCIP has been running on a voluntary basis for a couple of years, and becomes mandatory on 17 June. Ahead of the deadline, on 4-6 and 25-27 May, the European Maritime Safety Agency, EMSA, hosted 23 delegates from Member States in Lisbon to demonstrate the new database functions enabling them to compare the new and old versions, and test-run new features.

The EU Directive has raised concernes among some leading maritime accident investigators. Some investigations have taken more than the year mandated by the directive. To put that into context, in 2009 the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch handled 1663 marine accidents and incidents  covered by a small team of 39 people on a tiny budget of £4m. This year, like all UK government departs, deep cuts in the budget were demanded. The new regime may well lead investigative agencies in a conflict of meeting the demands of the directive within current budgetary constraints.





Learn Incident Investigation With MSF

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Nov 252010

Marine Safety Forum is to run a series of incident investigation courses early in 2011 at the Atholl Hotel, 54 Kings Gate, Aberdeen, AB1. The cost of the two-day courses is £395 plus VAT per delegate

Course Dates:

23rd & 24th February11th & 12th May24th & 25th August
23rd & 24th November

The Marine Safety Forum incident investigation training process is split into two parts. Delegates must complete Part One of the training before progressing to Part Two. Part One – Intended for: nominated vessel crew members. Training is designed to ensure that delegates, who at some point may be required to act as team members in incident investigations, are adequately prepared and are familiar with the concepts of causational/ root cause analysis investigation techniques. Part Two – Intended for: vessel captains, chief engineers and office management. Training content includes additional information and training for those delegates who may be required to lead independent investigations into major accidents or high potential incidents.

To book a place on this course, use the ‘Apply’ arrow (Training Courses) which will direct you to the Safety Hub’s website, ring them on +44 (0)1674 673963 or send an e-mail to

Job –ATSB – Transport Safety Investigator – Materials Failure Specialist

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Feb 032010

imageThe Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is looking for a qualified, experienced and highly motivated materials/metallurgical engineer, metallurgist or equivalent, to join the Canberra forensic materials engineering team.

The Transport Safety Investigator – Materials Failure Specialist will undertake forensic engineering investigations into transport accidents and incidents in accordance with the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003. In this unique and challenging role, you will contribute to the maintenance and improvement of Australian transport safety by examining, analysing and reporting on damage and failures associated with safety occurrences within the aviation, rail and marine transport industries.

For more information click here

Maritime Safety & Security News – 16 January 2010

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Jan 152010

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2 seamen survive ship boiler blast
Philippine Star
11 when a spark from the furnace triggered the explosion. Both of them were a meter away from the boiler at the time. “We were not treated at a hospital.

Skipper of trawler which got into difficulty lost boat 10 years ago
Press and Journal
Fraserburgh lifeboat was launched and took a fifth pump but that was not needed. The lifeboat escorted the trawler safely into port.

Skipper of trawler which got into difficulty lost boat 10 years ago
Press and Journal
Fraserburgh lifeboat was launched and took a fifth pump but that was not needed. The lifeboat escorted the trawler safely into port.

‘Gross negligence’ led to Baleno 9, Catalyn B sinking—Gordon «
By The Mindoro Post
Another survivor, Jonathan Umali, whose two relatives are missing, also told the Senate inquiry that he saw the ship’s captain, Jimmy Andal, eating and drinking with women on the bridge of the vessel. Six died in the MV Baleno 9 sinking

Pirates take new territory: West African Gulf of Guinea
Christian Science Monitor
Already home to an insurgency in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta – where attacks on oil facilities routinely cause world prices to spike

F/B Anatalia made emergency calls 40 minutes after collision –PCG
F/B Anatalia made emergency calls 40 minutes after collision –PCG. January 15, 2010 10:50 pm. MANILA, Jan. 15 –A duty officer of the Vessel Traffic Monitoring System (VTMS) said on Friday that he suspected the emergency call flashed by

Round 3 heralds major offshore wind farm expansion

The future of offshore wind energy development in the UK is set to take a significant step forward following the announcement this week by The Crown Estate of the successful bidders for the nine exclusive Zone Development Agreements to develop wind farms under the Round 3 licensing arrangements.

NorthLink cancels Friday night sailings to and from Shetland
Shetland Times Online
Meanwhile the Lerwick lifeboat finally made it back to town at 2.50am on Friday morning, almost a day after being called out to go to the aid of a Danish


Spain to push for port surveillance to fight Somalia piracy
She was referring in particular to the EU carrying out maritime interdiction operations that allow it to board, record and seize boats, embarkations and

Off The Radar

Freak jellyfish stings fairly frequent
ABC Online
A 45-year-old man was stung on the face by an irukandji jellyfish on a commercial ship in north Queensland on Sunday. Rescuers say he was 25 metres above

MAIB Safety Digest – Risk Assess Now – Before You Learn The Hard Way

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Nov 302009

imageRisk assessments, often, and unwisely, seen as little more than mere paperwork by busy seafarers are the focus of MAIB Chief Inspector Stephen Meyer in his introduction to the latest MAIB Safety Digest.

Writes Meyer: “It is only a year since I last wrote about the importance of risk assessments. However, in the past 12 months, so many deaths have been reported that could have been avoided by a simple consideration of the risks, that I feel compelled to return to the subject.

Just the phrase “risk assessment” is enough to cause most mariners’ eyes to glaze over. “More paperwork and bureaucracy” I hear you cry. But what I am after is the thought process, not the paperwork. Let me give you a couple of examples.

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Nov 102009

Denmark’s Maritime Administration has released its third quarter casualty report from its Division for Investigation of Maritime Accidents. Incidents include the grounding of the tanker Maria Soltin, the total loss of fishing vessel Blue Lady and about two men, who fell overboard from a small boat and drowned.

Maria Soltin
Read Quarterly Information here

See also:

Maria Soltin Grounding – OOW Didn’t Have Eye On The Ball

MAIB Chief to Retire – Hard Act To Follow

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Nov 082009

Britain’s Maritime Accident Investigation Branch is looking for a chief Investigator to succeed Rear-Admiral Stephen Meyer, whose second three-year stint at MAIB comes to an end shortly.

Since 2002, when Rear Admiral John Lang retired from MAIB, Stephen Meyer has continued to maintain MAIB and effective organisation although having much responsibility with little authority to enforce its recommendations. Sometimes controversial, as in the case of MSC Napoli and Eurovoyager, Meyer’s subtle sense of British humour is evident in the MAIB safety digests and, to anyone who has spoken with him, a firm, no-nonsense approach that sought to maintain MAIB’s independence, and influence on maritime accident investigation agencies elsewhere in the world.

Meyer joined the branch at 51, after a Royal Navy career covering 34 years. A navigation specialist, he commanded six warships, including the amphibious ship HMS Fearless, and the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious. As a Rear Admiral, he served first in Bosnia as the Military Adviser to the High Representative, and was subsequently the Commander of UK Maritime Forces, the Royal Navy’s Seagoing Admiral. His final appointment in the military was as Chief of Staff in the UK’s Permanent Joint Headquarters.

His successor will report directly to the Secretary of State for Transport, and be personally responsible for the conduct of marine accident investigations.

Says MAIB: “The purpose of the MAIB is to improve safety at sea. The Chief Inspector is required to discharge the UK’s responsibility for the independent safety investigation of marine accidents, and to satisfy all stakeholders that marine accidents are investigated in an exemplary manner.

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to head up the world leader in marine accident investigation. The successful candidate will have excellent leadership skills, a professional background at a senior level within the marine industry, as well as a professional qualification in a recognised marine discipline.”

His successor will face a challenging job well-worth the relatively modest 100,000 sterling a year pay check.

For more information go here.