Aug 132014

glacierGiving your passengers a close look at a glacier calving may satisfy them but get too close can be fatal. But how close is too close and how far is safe asks Norway’s Accident Investigation Board, AIBN, in its report on the death of a tourist in Ymerbukten Bay in the Isfjord on Svalbard.

AIBN suggests three key issues: Tour guides may have responded to expectations raised by photographs in the tour company’s brochure; it was difficult for tour guides to estimate their distance from the glacier; safe distances set by the local authority did not take into account the circumstances of this particular calving.

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Star Ismene Adjacent Confined Space Incident – Bad Design Issues

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Nov 092010

Star Ismene

It probably seemed like a good idea on the drawingboard: save money and space by using passageways and other rooms used by the crew as ventilation ducts. That idea contributed to what could have been a triple fatality aboard the open hatch bulk carrier Star Ismene in December 2009 says a newly released report from Norway’s Accident Investigation Board, AIBN.

As a result of the design it was unclear what constituted a confined space onboard and no risk assessment had been done which would lead to a more informed safety management system and educated the crew. Says AIBN: “this contributed to the ship’s crew establishing a practice that was regarded as safe, but without clearly understanding which parts of the ship were to be regarded as enclosed spaces at any time”.

The incident highlights the need to be cautious about entering spaces adjacent to known confined spaces. Says the AIBN report: “In the Accident Investigation Board’s opinion, it would have been expedient if these risks of personal injury had been identified already in the design phase”.

It also highlights the need to train seafarers not to enter a space to attempt a rescue with the proper equipment and support. Those who attempt to do otherwise most often become just another statistic.

One of MAC’s pet hate objects turns up in the report a non-ship-specific SMS: “The problem of the shipping company and the ship’s safety management system not being sufficiently ship-specific was not identified in the supervisory authority’s audits of the system”. Non-specific safety documents are themselves a hazard, among the victims of this trade in paper with little value, other than the magic word compliance, is BP.

In addition the Material Safety Data Sheet, MSDS, provided to the ship did not make it clear that the copper concentrate consumes oxygen and emits CO2. Continue reading »

Richard With Ferry Grounding Report Out

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Apr 132010

image Norway’s AIBN has issued its report into the grounding of the ferry Richard With on 6 January 2009. The full report is only in Norwegian but and English language summary is included.

Says the summary:

During the night leading up to 6 January 2009, Richard With was heading south from Rørvik to Trondheim. There were 153 passengers and 47 crew on board. In the morning, when the ship was approaching Trondheim, the officer of the watch considered the wind conditions to be bordering on the limit of the vessel’s available manoeuvring capability.

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Federal Kivalina Grounding – Bridge Team Lost Control – No Passage Planning

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Feb 252010

Federal Kivalina aground

Bulk carrier Federal Kivalina ran aground at 0510 hours on 6 October 2008 at Årsundøya in Møre and Romsdal county, Norway, while under pilotage as the ship’s electrician analysed an alleged fault in the AIS. Norway’s Accident Investigation Board highlights bridge team management, passage planning and the master-pilot exchange as vectors in the incident.

After boarding the vessel the pilot tried to connect his laptop computer to the ship’s AIS using the pilot plug but failed and reported the problem to the master. The master called the ship’s electrician who attempted to locate the fault.

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