Norway Cleared in Rocknes – Don’t Trust Our Charts Says Mapping Agency

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Jan 132011

Salvors tackle Rocknes. Photo:

Gard Norway’s attempts to secure compensation from the Norwegian government for sinking of the stone-carrier Rocknes with loss of 18 lives have been refused by Oslo District court of appeal. Gard, togther with a dozen insurance companies and the vessel’s owner, held that the Norwegian government, through its mapping agency, bore responsibility for the tragedy, and subsequent oil pollution, because a hazard had not been identified on the Norwegian charts in use.

A statement by the mapping agency says: “A district court first ordered the State of Norway (i.e. the Norwegian Coastal Administration and the Norwegian Hydrographic Service) to pay close to NOK 23 million in damages for having failed to include the shoal which the bulk carrier hit, in the Notices to Mariners published by the Norwegian Hydrographic Service. Continue reading »

Alaska Ranger: Poor Maintenance, Poor Regulation Cost Lives

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Jan 132011

Alaska Ranger

Poor maintenance and inadequate regulatory oversight sank the 58 metre, 1,577 gross tonne, fish-processing vessel Alaska Ranger, cost five lives and led to the biggest rescue effort in US Coastguard history says the newly released US Coast Guard investigation board report. Some 37 recommendations have been made.

One reason for the loss is that there is no single accepted definition of a ‘fish processing vessel’, which enables avoidance by the fishing industry of meeting safety standards. Continue reading »

SILO 99-B, the Certificated Sieve

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Dec 202010

They went to sea in a sieve, they did, they went to sea in a sieve...

What is a Class Certificate worth? Not a lot if it’s Bolivian, suggests Brazil’s investigation into the sinking of the barge SILO 99-B in Corumba.

SILO 99-B finally sank despite wooden wedges, rags and judicious cementing of its corroded hull despite being in class.

Brazilian Maritime Authority says: “…one has to question the role of the
Classification Society in this case. How is it possible that a craft in an advanced stage of corrosion as is the case of barge SILO 99-B, classified by the Bolivian Register of Shipping S.A. was in class and its certificates were valid on the date of the accident?…

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Dec 192010

VDR image of Ninanitu (arrowed) on African Zebra radar

Collisions like tangos, usually take two. So it was with the fishing vessel Ninanitu and the bulker African Zebra. There’s little new in Denmark’s Maritime Authority’s just released report into the collision, and subsequent sinking of Ninanitu but a certain lesson that, prehaps, it’s as important to be seen as to see and that old and hoary warning that assumptions are dangerous.

On 6 July, 2010, the skipper of Ninanitu saw African Zebra around two nautical miles off as assumed that it would pass astern. He reduced the volume of Channel 16 and settled down to watch the television on his bridge. He was alone because the only other crew member was in his cabin sleeping.

It is always unsafe to assume that you know what the other ship is going to do.

The higher your visibility the greater your chance of being seen. In this case an efficient radar reflector might have made the vessel easier to see on the radar of African Zebra.

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Search for Insung Victims Halted

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Dec 142010

Red marks approximate area of sinking. Satellite photo: NASA Worldwind

Efforts to find 17 crewmen missing at sea after the sinking of a Korean fishing vessel in the Southern Ocean yesterday has been suspended, the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand, RCCNZ, says.

Twenty survivors and five deceased were recovered from the water after the Korean-owned and operated No. 1 Insung sank at 6.30am yesterday about 1,000 nautical miles north of McMurdo base, inside New Zealand’s search and rescue region.

The vessel is a 58 metre long-liner with crew from Korea, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Russia. It was fishing for Patagonia Toothfish, also known as Chilean Sea Bass.

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Hong Wei: A Victim of Wetness?

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Dec 052010

A wet stockpile of iron ore

Almost half the crew of the Panamanian-flagged bulker Hong Wei remain missing after the vessel sank in rough weather between Taiwan and the Philippines in an incident which highlights the dangers of high moisture content mineral ore fines. Hong Wei was carrying nickel ore from Indonesia to Dalian port in northeastern China.

It is the second ship in less than a month to come to grief carrying a similar cargo. On 11 November Nasco Diamond sank off the southern coast of Japan with the loss of 21 crewmembers’ lives.

West of England P&I Club has issued a warning to its members regarding carriage of nickel ore.

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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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Tanker Sinking, Crew Saved

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Oct 082010

YM Uranus 'sinking'

All 13 crew have been safely evacuated from the 120 metre, Malta-flagged tanker YM Uranus, reported to be sinking the English Channel after a collision with another off the coast of Brittany.

YM Uranus is operated by Ibex Maritime and was carrying 6,000 tonnes of heavy pyrolysis gasoline. There are reports of pollution at this time.

There is confusion regarding the identity of the other vessel, widely reported to be Hanjin Richzad but may be the bulk carrier Hanjin Rizhao.

1 Trawler + 1 Whale = 2 People + 1 Esky

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Oct 072010

An Aussie Esky, courtesy of America's Coleman

If it isn’t EUNAVFOR interdicting pirates it’s whales and Eskys becoming fishermens’ PFD.

With no further comment, here’s a story from AMSA –

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) Australia coordinated the rescue of three people from the water at approximately 11.15 pm (WST) on Tuesday 5th October when a fishing vessel sank off North West Cape, Western Australia.

The 12.1 metre ex-fishing trawler Shiralee with three people on board made a Mayday call when she started to quickly sink after striking a whale approximately five nautical miles off Ningaloo Reef. A VHF radio call was relayed to the RCC Australia by the mobile offshore drilling unit, Ocean America, and was overheard by the tanker Eagle Corona which diverted to the scene. Shortly afterwards, a 406 megahertz distress beacon was detected at the location and a red flare was sighted by Eagle Corona. Weather conditions at the time of the incident were severe with 18-23 knot winds, two-metre sea levels and a three-metre swell.

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