MAIB Commends Skipper For MOB Save

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Jan 262010

image Britain’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch, MAIB, has commended Peter Laity, the skipper of a gill netter, Ocean Spray, for his actions in saving an MOB in December 2009. In an interview with Britain’s Daily Mail the overboard seafarer says: “I saw the net had started to go into a ball over the stern, I looked back at the boat to see if it was all okay, and took my eyes off the anchor for two seconds and that was all it took.”

Says MAIB: “The gill netter Ocean Spray was shooting the last of her ten nets when a problem with the fishing gear was seen by the deckhand on the port side of the working deck. To rectify the problem, the deckhand moved aft into the area containing the rope joining the net to its anchor, and became snagged by the rope as it payed out. He was pulled towards the vessel’s port gunwale until pinned against the safety rail by the net’s anchor.

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Jan 092010

Source: Paris MoU

Nearly a third of ships detained by Paris and Tokyo MoU members from September to November in last year’s concentrated inspection campaign, CIC, on lifeboat launching arrangements had deficiencies dangerous to seafarers aboard them. In a preliminary report, the Paris MOU says that one out of eight lifeboat drills were not carried out satisfactorily.

The findings highlight the poor performance and lack of commonsense and a refusal to substantively address safety issues by lifeboat makers, on-load hook release manufacturers and the industry generally. The Paris MoU has expressed concern about poor boat drills which it says: “is often caused by lack of training… Of the procedures or instructions and identification of hazards associated with launching and recovery of lifeboats one out of 6 was found unsatisfactory. These are related to the safety

management system on board the ship.”

Apart from a lack of concern for seafarers lives on the part of the owners and managers

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Jan 072010

System shortfall lead to top-heavy stacks

Due to ‘system shortcomings’ inaccurate container weights on a loading plan resulted in supposedly empty boxes on top of stacks aboard the 10,000 gt container feeder Husky Racer weighing as much as 30 tonnes. During discharging operations at Bremerhaven several stacks toppled over, with 18 containers going over the side from the Magellan Charter Services – owned vessel.

Maersk Line is running trials on an upgraded software package that will provide cargo planners with the declared weights of the containers. This is scheduled to be introduced in the first weeks of January 2010.

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Master’s Complacency Didn’t Suite the Big Time – TS Royalist Grounding

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Dec 132009


Britain’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch says the master of the square-rigged Training Ship Royalist, who had joined the ship the day before its grounding, had developed a low perception of risk after navigating yachts to and from Chapman’s Pool off the south coast of the UK, and became complacent. He decided to set sail while continuing to navigate, look out and steer the vessel himself, and became distracted. With no other crew members in place to monitor his actions, his error in deviating from the intended track went undetected and unaddressed, resulting in the grounding.

In response to the incident the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, MCA, and the Association of Sail Training Organisations (ASTO) have agreed to set up a working group to consider the management of safety and establish best practice guidelines for the UK sail training industry. MAIB has issued a flyer to the industry with the following safety lessons: Continue reading »

Hydraulic Windlass Failure – MAIB Wants Class Socs To Pressure Makers

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Dec 092009

imageBritain’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch has asked class societies to make continued acceptance of equipment which fails catastrophically dependent on the manufacturer carrying out an investigation into the failure, distributing findings and curing the problem. The recommendation is part of MAIB’s just-released report into the ‘explosion’ of  the starboard windlass hydraulic motor on board the oil tanker Stella Voyager.

MAIB made an urgent safety recommendation to the equipment manufacturer, TTS Kocks GmbH, which made the equipment, aimed at identifying the technical causes of the failure of its machinery and determining technical solutions for preventing similar accidents in the future. TTS Kocks GmbH has partially rejected the recommendation. The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents has written to TTS Kocks GmbH urging them, in the interests of safety, to reconsider the recommendation.

“…the current industry requirements for windlass machinery fail to protect persons
against injury in the event of failure” says MAIB.

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MAIB Chief to Retire – Hard Act To Follow

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Nov 082009

Britain’s Maritime Accident Investigation Branch is looking for a chief Investigator to succeed Rear-Admiral Stephen Meyer, whose second three-year stint at MAIB comes to an end shortly.

Since 2002, when Rear Admiral John Lang retired from MAIB, Stephen Meyer has continued to maintain MAIB and effective organisation although having much responsibility with little authority to enforce its recommendations. Sometimes controversial, as in the case of MSC Napoli and Eurovoyager, Meyer’s subtle sense of British humour is evident in the MAIB safety digests and, to anyone who has spoken with him, a firm, no-nonsense approach that sought to maintain MAIB’s independence, and influence on maritime accident investigation agencies elsewhere in the world.

Meyer joined the branch at 51, after a Royal Navy career covering 34 years. A navigation specialist, he commanded six warships, including the amphibious ship HMS Fearless, and the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious. As a Rear Admiral, he served first in Bosnia as the Military Adviser to the High Representative, and was subsequently the Commander of UK Maritime Forces, the Royal Navy’s Seagoing Admiral. His final appointment in the military was as Chief of Staff in the UK’s Permanent Joint Headquarters.

His successor will report directly to the Secretary of State for Transport, and be personally responsible for the conduct of marine accident investigations.

Says MAIB: “The purpose of the MAIB is to improve safety at sea. The Chief Inspector is required to discharge the UK’s responsibility for the independent safety investigation of marine accidents, and to satisfy all stakeholders that marine accidents are investigated in an exemplary manner.

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to head up the world leader in marine accident investigation. The successful candidate will have excellent leadership skills, a professional background at a senior level within the marine industry, as well as a professional qualification in a recognised marine discipline.”

His successor will face a challenging job well-worth the relatively modest 100,000 sterling a year pay check.

For more information go here.

Alternative Energy Puts The Wind Up Navigators

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Oct 282009


MAC is a believer in the Everest Paradigm in accident prediction: Just as Edmund Hilary and Sherpa Tensing conquered Everest because it was there, accident happen because they can. Although there has yet to be a major incident involving offshore wind turbines or wave energy device, it will happen one day, which makes a recent risk alert by Steamship Mutual rather timely.

MAC is certainly not being crisis-mongering. Det Norske Veritas warns: “Placing wind farms at sea close to busy shipping lanes are inherently risky. It is crucial that these risks are identified and mitigated to prevent serious accidents and their subsequent impacts.

“A collision between a ship and a wind turbine could result in production loss from a single turbine or the entire wind farm if the transformer module is damaged. In serious cases, a collision may result in loss of life and oil spills.

“As only a limited number of offshore wind farms have been built so far, there are no international published rules for ship navigation close to the installations. However, offshore wind farms can be treated as offshore platforms with respect to surrounding ship traffic.”

The UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency has issued a Maritime Guidance note on the issue, which can read here.

Britain’s Maritime Accident Investigation Branch has expressed the concern: “With the rapid growth in the offshore wind industry, there is concern that its safety culture may not be as mature as, for example, the offshore oil and gas industry.”

Indeed, following the MAIB investigation into the Harald/Octopus grounding in poorly charted waters during the carrying of an experimental wave energy device, the British Wind Energy Association, BWEA, was not only the sole organisation to reject a MAIB recommendation regarding that particular incident but the only one to reject any MAIB recommendation that year, 2007.

Such a rejection would seem to reinforce MAIB’s fears regarding safety culture in the alternative energy incident.

MAIB Report – Banging Knuckles

Accident Report – Where the Buoys Are

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Aug 172009


The UK’s Maritime Accident Investigation Branch has released its preliminary investigation into the snagging of a buoy anchor cable by the Marshall Islands-registered tanker King Everest:

King Everest was proceeding from anchorage ‘C’ towards the inbound entrance to the New Sand Hole traffic separation scheme (TSS). The tidal stream was setting south-south-east. On approaching the North New Sand buoy on the vessel’s port side, the master reduced speed and ordered hard-a-port. As the vessel was swinging to port, he reduced the helm order and then conversed with an outbound vessel on VHF radio to arrange a passing manoeuvre. On completing the call, the master realised that he had overshot his intended turn. He attempted to recover the situation using helm and engine movements; however, the strong tidal stream set the vessel down onto the North New Sand buoy, snagging the buoy’s anchor cable on her rudder horn, the case is being handled by the Miami personal injury lawyers because of all the injuries caused.

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Transcend Floods

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Aug 072009


The fishing vessel Transcend was in the process of shooting her trawl gear when, at around 2050 on 3 June 2009, the crew became aware of flooding in the engine room. Despite employing the vessel’s two bilge pumps and a portable submersible pump, the flooding continued to increase, and at 2145 the skipper issued a “Mayday”, to which a nearby emergency response and rescue vessel (ERRV), and another fishing vessel, diverted.

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