Bow De Jin Fatality: Checklists Make Great Condoms

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Nov 132010

Checklists make good condoms

Checklists are like condoms: Used properly they’ll protect you against deadly hazards, if not used properly they give a false sense of security. That is, perhaps, the key lesson to be learned from the death of a chief mate aboard the New Golden Shipping-owned chemical tanker Bow De Jin in Hong Kong on 22 November 2009..

The incident also re-enforces the basic brutal truth that confined spaces kill regardless of experience, rank or age. In this case the victim was 41, had been a seafarer since 1993. He had sailed as a ship’s officer since November 1995 and first sailed as chief mate in September 2003. He joined Bow De Jin in Singapore on 26 May 2009.

Says the just-released report from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau: “22 November 2009: “The ATSB investigation was unable to determine why the chief mate, who had sailed on tankers for most of his seagoing career, did not follow industry standard and specific company safety procedures before he entered the cargo tank. Continue reading »

Dodgy SMS+Poor Passage Plan = Bashing Bulkers

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Sep 272010

Map pictureA collision between the 81,000 gross tonnes Panama-flagged Royal Oasis and the anchored Berge Atlantic at Port Talbot, Wales, shows some familiar memes yet to learned.As Royal Oasis left her deepwater anchorage to embark a pilot at a pilot station to enter Port Talbot Harbour she encountered a strong 3 knot tidal stream and collided with Berg Atlantic causing extensive structural damage to both vessels.

A preliminary report by the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch, MAIB, says the passage plan and the pre-departure briefing aboard Royal Oasis did not cover the potential effects of the tidal stream on the turning performance , pre-departure checklists had not been used for testing equipment, and emergency procedures in the safety management system were difficult to use and not readily available. Continue reading »