Sep 232011

Did a drunken prank ground K-Wave?

Boozing on the bridge of the feeder container vessel K-Wave, a missing OOW and an unexplained course alteration while on autopilot led to a grounding incident that Britain’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch refers to as “shocking’. VDR recordings revealed numerous toasts during a birthday party, with the result that the officers’ jobs are now toast.

In its conclusions, the MAIB says: “The shocking nature of this incident, that put many lives and potentially, other vessels at risk, makes a powerful argument for the IMO’s new regulations limiting alcohol consumption by seafarers to be widely and robustly applied”.

At 0546 on 15 February 2011, K-Wave ran aground 13 miles east of Malaga on the south Spanish coast, while on passage from Algeciras to Valencia. At the time of the grounding she was proceeding at full speed, and the bridge was unmanned.

The previous evening an engineer came onto the bridge at 2335 and he remained there, talking to the third officer. At around midnight, the second officer and two other officers came to the bridge. The second officer took over the watch from the third officer, but no lookout was posted and the watch alarm was not activated. Continue reading »

Jul 212011

SafeSpace member Javier Saavedra from Galicia, Spain, has alerted us to a news report of the death of a worker in the ballast of a harbor dredger in a neighboring province.

One crewmember went inside the ballast tank without having previously made a gas check. On entering he lost consciousness and fell down and another crewman attempted to resce him, also losing consciousness.
Eventually a third crewmember went inside wearing a SCBA set and managed to take his two crewmates out. Rescucitation treatment was immediately commenced by the crew and as soon as emergency services showed up they immediately evacuated one of the casualties to hospital suffering from cardiopulmonary arrest. Continue reading »

Maritime Safety News Today, September 4, 2007

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Sep 042007

UK. Red Ensign fly’s to mark Merchant Navy Day
BYM News (press release) – Gibraltar,Spain
Merchant Navy Day honours their memory, and also looks forward to a brighter future for British shipping and seafarers.

Spain contracts EU vessel for clean up operations – Gibraltar
The decision has come after reports of hydraulic oil spill from the New Flame cargo vessel stranded off Europa Point since the 12th August after a collision

Spain calls in EMSA as ‘New Flame’ deteriorates
bunkerworld – London,UK
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has responded to a Spanish request for assistance as the condition of the stricken cargo vessel New Flame has 

Bodies found of two Slovak sailors killed in ship collision – Summary – USA
Tel Aviv – Israeli rescue services found the bodies Friday of two Slovak sailors, who died in a shipping accident the previous night off the coast of the

9 seamen in ship sinking recall harrowing ordeal – Philippines
lone fatality in the accident, was found three hours after the rest of the crew were rescued by the South African Air Force and maritime authorities.

Boat sank ‘after chance accident’
BBC News – UK
The MAIB said the Meridian was considered to be a modern and well-maintained vessel in the hands of an experienced skipper. The case could be reopened –