ERIKA MOB: A Case For Manual Lifejackets

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Nov 242011

Permanent searail installed after the incident

Auto-inflating lifejackets had been abandoned on the seiner Erika because water ondeck repeatedly caused them to inflate. As a result, when a seafarer was swept overboard between a sea rail and a gunwhale  by a sliding seine net at night in cold seas, he stood little chance of survival.

A manually-operated lifejacket might have given him the edge.

Equally important, the incident highlights the need to properly assess the safety impact of changes made to vessels.

The Danish Marine Accident Investigation Board, which had recently released its investigation into the incidents says: “On 27 February 2011, the seiner Erika was fishing for capelin on the fishing grounds west of Iceland. At 21.00 LT, while securing the third throw of the seine for the day, one fisherman fell overboard. The remaining crew were able to recover the fisherman, but he was uconscious, and it was not possible to resuscitate him. A doctor was hoisted on board Erika from a rescue helicopter, and the doctor declared the fisherman dead”.

The report concludes: Continue reading »

Philipp/Lynn-Marie: Curve of Pursuit And Lack Of Assistance

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Nov 112011

Damage to FV Lynn-Marie

Alterations to autopilot settings by the chief officer of the Gibraltar-registered containership Philipp resulted in a ‘curve of pursuit’ that ended with a collision with the fishing vessel Lynn-Marie. Despite being aware of the collision neither the Philipp chief officer nor the master determined whether the struck vessel required assistance.

The incident is reported by Britain’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch, which concludes that the chief officer of Philipp did not use all information available to determine the possibility of collision.

In its summary, MAIB says: “At 0453 UTC on 9 April 2011, the Gibraltar registered, container feeder vessel Philipp collided with the United Kingdom registered scallop dredger FV Lynn Marie 6nm south of the Isle of Man. There were no injuries or pollution, but Lynn Marie was badly damaged and was towed to Port St Mary, Isle of Man.

“After the collision, Philipp did not stop and neither her officer of the
watch (OOW) nor her master tried to communicate with Lynn Marie to see if the fishing vessel required assistance.

Philipp was about 20nm away from the location of the collision when her master eventually informed the coastguard of
his vessel’s involvement”.

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Silver Chord/Sapphire II – Danger: Empty Wheelhouse

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Nov 112011

Silver Chord - view ahead from the steering position

Economic and social factors continue to take preference over safety considerations in fishing vessels, says Britain’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch in it’s report into the collision between two trawlers. It it latest of a series of accident in which wheelhouses have been left unattended.

At 1840 on 12 January 2011, the 16.84m prawn trawler Silver Chord  collided with the 14.99m prawn trawler Sapphire II ). At the time of the collision, Sapphire II was stopped in the water while her skipper, who was operating single-handed, recovered the vessel’s fishing gear. Silver Chord was making 5.5 knots as she proceeded towards Stornoway after a day’s fishing.

Sapphire II’s hull was penetrated and the fish hold quickly started to flood. Her skipper reported the accident to the coastguard, and transferred to Silver Chord before Sapphire II sank at about 1850.

Silver Chord was also damaged, but was able to return to Stornoway under her own power. There were no injuries.

The investigation identified a number of factors which contributed to the collision. These included: Continue reading »

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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MAIB Commends FB Crew But Wants English Spoken

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Dec 072009

imagePort of Ayr was on passage to new fishing grounds when a loud bang was heard coming from the starboard side of the hull. This was immediately followed by a series of heavy thumps. The gearbox was put into neutral as the chief engineer stopped the engine believing that the vessel had hit an underwater object which may have passed through the propeller. Subsequent checks found that the propeller shaft to be seized. A small hole was also found in the hull in the engine room. External fothering stemmed the water ingress while the hole was shored up, which significantly reduced the flow of water, enabling the bilge pumps to cope easily.

The vessel was towed to Sullum Voe, where long heavy gauge monofilament line were found to have caused the shaft seizure and consequent widespread damage to the main gearbox components. The hole was probably caused by a heavy granite or steel weight attached to the line as it was wound around the propeller.

The examination noted that none of the crew held a professional Certificate of Equivalent Competency (CEC), and there was no English speaker on board.

Actions taken:

The vessel’s owner and manager have been:

  • Commended on the crew’s efficient post-accident damage control actions.
  • Advised to ensure that there is at least one English speaking officer on board its UK registered vessels and that officers hold the required CECs and other professional requirements laid down in the Marine Information Note 242 (M+F) – Certificates of Equivalent Competency – Amendment of Procedures

MAIB Prelimary Report