Feb 182015

At about midnight on the evening of 7/8 July 2014 the ro-ro ferry Stena Nautica with 155 passengers onboard suddenly decided it wanted to go hard starboard while departing from Grenaa Port, Denmark. Since she had not cleared the breakwater the result was a contact incident which put holes in her hull below the waterline and much denting. No-one was hurt but to go by the accident investigation by Denmark’s Maritime Accident Investigation Board, DMAIB, it appears to have been another design-assisted accident.

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Pachuca – Conflict and Snap Back Zones and Design

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Jul 102014

pachucoConflicting goals and poor communications with unseen crewmembers are not conducive to safe handling of mooring lines, as a recent investigation by Denmark’s Maritime Accident Investigation Board, DMAIB, shows. The deck arrangements probably didn’t help much either, producing uncertainty at a critical time when crews are under pressure and mooring lines under extreme tension.

Pachuca, an Antigua & Barbuda flagged containership was engaged in regular trade between ports in Northern Europe and called at some six ports a week. The master and crew had been in Esbjerg several times before and were therefore familiar with the harbour area and mooring conditions The port stay was planned to last a few hours.
After discharging was complete at 0445, loading commenced and was completed at 0615. Shortly after the ship was ready for departure. The chief officer and the master were on the bridge and on the enclosed forecastle were the bosun, one ordinary seaman and one able seaman. Continue reading »

Oraness: Fall Injury Due To Unexpected Open Grating

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Apr 262012

Inattention led to broken ribs

Gratings and grief all too often come together. A newly-released accident report from the Danish Maritime Authority on the Danish-registered chemical tanker Oraness presents an example of the genre that could have been easily avoided by roping-off a hazard.

Due to damage to a cylinder in the main engine, the cylinder head had to be removed. Two crew members, a ship’s assistant, with many years of experience under his belt, and a motorman, were assigned to make the repair in cooperation with the chief engineer. This task had been performed on the day before on another cylinder and the two crew members were familiar with the operation.

In order to lift the cylinder top it is necessary to use a portable electrical crane. The crane runs on an H-beam mounted in the ceiling of the engine room and going along the length of the engine room.

After having shackled the crane to a runner on the H-beam, the crane is positioned by dragging it in the longitudinal direction.

In order to lift a cylinder head, it is necessary to remove sufficient grating on the deck above the cylinder top. Before dismantling the cylinder top, the grating on the deck above the main engine was therefore removed. After having dismantled the cylindre top, it was ready to be lifted up.

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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”.

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Untight Hatches Foundered Ferry

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Apr 082011

Egholm II - Water down the hatch

Untight hatches led to the foundering of the ferry Egholm II while under tow to a yard for rebuilding. Water swept over the foredeck and made ingress into the engine room.

Says the newly-released Danish Maritime Authority report: “EGHOLM II is a ferry with a tonnage of 99.5 BT. The ship is (sic)built in 1963. Continue reading »

DMA: “Unidentified leak sank Josephine E”

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Sep 032010

Josephine E

Denmark’s Maritime Authority, DMA, has recommended that the The Danish Fishermen’s Occupational Health Services in co-operation with the Danish Maritime Authority carry out a targeted campaign towards wooden fishing vessels that are  occasionally is used catching fish cto be processed industrially focussing on  the special hazards involved. The recommendation follows the  sinking of FV Josephine E.

Josephine E is a wooden fishing vessel with a tonnage of 19.97 BRT. It was built in 1963.

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AB Gives Two Fingers To The Grind

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Aug 092010

Defective grinder

An AB seriously injured two fingers because of a defective angle grinder, bad planning and safety documents in a language he could not understand says Denmark’s Maritime Authority in its report on the incident aboard the general cargo vessel Uno.

The cargo of six cable containers was secured to the tanktops using stoppers of H-section steel beams. The stoppers were to be removed by the crew of the Eno.

It was difficult to work in the space and the angle grinder used by the AB involved had a defective on-off switch and did not turn-off when the tools was let go. While grinding-off a stopper, the grinder slipped and injured the user.

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Drunk Chief Engineer Refused Lifejacket, Died

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Aug 062010

Top: Martin N Bottom: OW Copenhagen

Three times a chief engineered refused a lifejacket as he attempted to transfer from a snow and ice-covered launch to the oil and chemical tanker OW Copenhagen using the pilot ladder. He boasted that he had never worn a lifejacket. He fell from the pilot ladder and drowned.

Seawater temperature was at freezing point and air temperature was about -5 °C.

His body was taken from the sea 50 minutes later.

Says the Danish Maritime Authority report: “On 1 February 2010 at approximately 1700 hours, the launch MARTIN N was engaged to transfer a chief engineer who had been on leave from shore to the oil and chemical tanker OW COPENHAGEN that was at anchor on Copenhagen roads.

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AP Moeller Incident: Plan for Safety, Not Funerals

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Jun 202010

image A second officer and the ABs under his command during unmooring operations either did not realize the risk associated with the job they were doing or tolerated the risk, given their previous experience in similar situations says a report from the Danish Maritime Authority on an incident aboard the AP Moeller  in Singapore which an AB was injured when a rope guide broke and a spring line hit an AB on his right hip, throwing him against a windlass resulting in injuries to his hip, head and arm requiring hospitalisation.

Mooring operations are inherently hazardous, involving complex factors and enormous stresses. Injuries are unfortunately common and often horrendous, if not fatal. The routine nature of mooring operations, however, and the speed of container operations, too often lead to lack of planning,  ‘safety blindness’ and complacency.

If you don’t plan for safety, plan for a funeral.

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