Jul 292014

Morning Midas. Photo: Eukor Car Carriers Inc.

Overboard is not the place for discarded mooring lines as  Lombard Corporate Finance Ltd., owner of the Eukor car carrier Morning Midas, discovered in an Australian courtroom. As Australia’s Maritime Safety Authority, AMSA. points out wandering mooring lines are a hazard to other vessels, which is how this case came to light.

The errant 30 to 25 metre line was discovered the hard way by the pilot

launch Wyuna III in the early hours ofAugust 1, 2012 near the pilot boarding station outside Port Phillip Heads when it became entangled in the propellers of the launch and stalled its engines.
An AMSA investigation found charts linking two GPS locations from the Morning Midas deck log book and the site of the collision of the Wyuna III with the mooring line. Morning Midas  failed to report a danger to navigation posed by the mooring line.

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Safety Alert – The Lash of the Moor

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Aug 272009

imageRecent figures from a major P&I Club indicate that 14% of claims now occur as a result of mooring operations incidents says Marine Safety Forum in a recently issued safety alert. Elements in a recent incident involved a generic SJA, a chief officer who took a gamble and lost, and a lack of awareness of Stop Job principles that are well known in the offshore industry but, sadly, less used in the maritime sector.

The details from MSF are:

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