Maersk Kendal – Complacency, BTM, Culture And VDRs

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Mar 212010

Reef - 1, Maersk Kendal - 0, teaamwork might have been the answer

MAIB’s report on the grounding of the containership Maersk Kendal on the Monggok Sebarok reef in the Singapore Strait on 16 September 2009 presents some all-too familiar problems and a package of lessons to learn. Complacency, lack of voyage planning, failure of bridge teamwork and inadequate awareness of the information being provided by the Singapore Vessel Traffic information service, were contributory factors.

Two items in the report in particular caught MAC’s attention. The first is the role of cultural factors in the bridge team which were also covered in the report on the grounding of chemical tanker Maria M. In that case a abrasive and abusive Italian master resulted in a bridge team that was afraid to challenge, question or advise him. On Maersk Kendall the situation between the British master and an Indian chief officer was very different, they appeared to be on good terms and the master’s standing orders required the bridge team to question the master if in any doubt concerning his actions yet it still didn’t happen.

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Be Big and Bold To Avoid The Bang

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Sep 122008

Make sure people know what you’re up to, especially when the master’s had a few too many, is one of the lessons from the Danish Maritime Authority’s report on the collision between the Rudokop, a converted tug, and a single-crewed fishing vessel, Atlantic in May this year despite good visibility.

Rudokop was on passage from Seville to Gydnia, moving eastwards with a crew of five. The master had been drinking and was under the influence of alcohol. The Chief Officer, who wasn’t affected by alcohol, had the watch. Atlantic, and another vessel, were seen ahead and to starboard at a distance of 6 nautical miles retrieving their fishing gear.

Atlantic started steaming a northerly course towards Rønne, approaching Rudokop from starboard.

Rudokop did not give way to Altlantic and her collision avoidance manouevers were too small to be effective or to be seen by the skipper of Atlantic and no sound signals were given, so he wasn’t aware of Rudokop’s intentions. Atlantic’s skipper did not keep an adequate lookout to avoid collision, according to the report.

Evidently, in this situation, movements should be big and bold enough to be apparent to the other vessel together with sound signals even in clear weather because the other fellow might not be watching you.