Aug 082011

The hull could not hold it's own weight.

France’s accident investigation agency, BEAmer, has called for lifeboats and sub-assemblies to be subject to the same sort of quality and risk controls as in the car industry to protect lives. The call comes in BEAmer’s investigation report into the fall of a lifeboat from the containership Christophe Colomb in Shenzhen earlier this year which found that a safety-critical part had not been installed during assembly and the lifeboat hull fittings could support its own weight on a single hook.

Three men were aboard the Christophe Colomb’s starboard lifeboat during a drill. While the lifeboat was being recovered the forward pulley block contacted the davit, the swivel broke away from the linking devices to the quick release hook. As the lifeboat tipped down the the part of the hull on which the base plate of the aft hook was bolted had been torn off. After a 24 metre fall into the water he lifeboat ended upside down.

An officer and a cadet died and an AB severely injured.

BEAmer concludes that a spring pin had not been installed on the forward release hook assembly when it was manufactured. The swivel nut holding the assembly unscrewed , leading the failure of the assembly. Continue reading »

Sichem Osprey: Athol Story of Pirate Island, Clouded Judgement And Coffee Grounds

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Oct 302010

Not a pleasing view from the bridg of Sichem Osprey

Mistaken identification of a radar-prominent island, inadequately programmed radar alarms and lack of cross-control on the bridge led to the grounding of the 170 metre chemical tanker Sichem Osprey at 16 knots as the Officer of the Watch sipped his second coffee of the day.

Clipperton Island is a low-lying uninhabited nine-square-kilometre coral atoll owned by France in the eastern Pacific Ocean. It is for John Clipperton, a pirate who made it his hideout early in the 18th century.

Although the island has no lighthouse, racon or buoyage system it does have a pronounced radar signature at a 14 nautical miles.  Scattered showers had been observed on an earlier watch and the target was assumed to be a rain cloud and deselected.

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Cap Blanc: Overloading Leads to Four Tragedies

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Jun 202009

Overloaded with a cargo of salt and disabled in heavy seas the 280 tonne deadweight Cap Blanc capsized off Canada’s Burin Peninsula at around 2025 local time.  Her up-turned is found floating at 1054 the next morning, with survivors trapped inside. At 1408 the hull sinks, taking the survivors with it to the bottom 130 metres below.


Three of the four crew, a master, chief officer and two ABs were later recovered.


Maritime Safety & Security News – 19 June 2009

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Jun 192009

French cargo ship that sank off NL was overloaded: safety report
The Canadian Press – HALIFAX, N.S.
HALIFAX, NS — An investigation into the sinking of a French cargo ship off of Newfoundland, with the loss of four crew, has concluded the vessel was

443 bodies of missing ‘Princess’ passengers found
Sun.Star – Philippines
to claim the bodies, the nine bodies will join the 50 unidentified bodies during tomorrow’s burial rites, on the anniversary of the sinking of vessel.

Princess Cruise Ship to Dock in Egypt for Engine Inspection – Pennington,USA
(9:30 pm EDT) — Royal Princess is returning to Port Said, Egypt, after a fire broke out in its engine room earlier today. According to the latest statement

Firm Bids To Plead Guilty In Cosco Busan Spill
CBS 5 – San Francisco,CA,USA
following a collision with the Bay Bridge. A federal judge was to hear arguments in San Francisco Friday on whether and how a Hong Kong-based ship

WORLD at 1600GMT (Pressemitteilung) – Wien,Austria
ORANJESTAD, Aruba _ A cruise ship hit by a swine flu outbreak arrives back at home port to the buzz of helicopters and a swarm of masked medical workers as

Napoli removal delayed
Devon 24 – UK
SALVORS tasked to lift the last remaining part of the MSC Napoli face even more delays. The operation, which was due to begin last Friday, has been halted


Japan ‘can fire’ on Somali pirates – Qatar
Despite international piracy efforts, the International Maritime Bureau has said that more ships have been attacked off Somalia in the first six months