Britain’s MAIB says that while the accident record of ship-to-ship transfers remains good and mostly minor their frequency remains a cause of concern. The comment is made in MAIB’s report on the 10 August 2009 collision between the tankers Saetta and Conger, the third such incident in six weeks.
On 10 August 2009, the Greek registered tanker Saetta and the Marshall Islands’ registered tanker Conger collided when completing a ship to ship (STS) transfer operation off Southwold, Suffolk. Saetta’s starboard lifeboat and davit were damaged. Conger was undamaged and there were no injuries and no
The collision occurred at very slow speed, and resulted from the failure of Conger’s main engine to start as the vessels separated.