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wisdomFire drills ensure  that officers and crew know how to fight a fire efficiently, at least in an ideal world. In the case of the bulk log carrier Taokas the reality was that shipboard fire drills were of little value when a real fire occurred in the accommodation.

Australia’s Transport Accident Investigation Commission was unable to determine how the fire started in an AB’s cabin on 11 July 2013 because the crew had started cleaning it after the blaze was extinguished. True, the crew did extinguish the fire after 25 minutes but showed that some basic firefighting knowledge was lacking.

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SAR Pressures Have Negative Influence On Decisions: TAIC NZ

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Jun 192011

New Zealand’s Transport Accident Investigation Commission, TAIC, has expressed concern regarding the inherent risk of SAR work and how the sense of urgency associated with such work can adversely affect decision-making following investigations into four incident involving Coastguard Newzealnd vessels. Although the TAIC’s recommendations are aimed at coastguard SAR operations some of the lessons should be borne in mind in situations of urgency.

On 4 March 2009, the Tutukaka Coastguard vessel Dive! Tutukaka Rescue was tasked to assist a recreational vessel in difficulty in Ngunguru Bay south of Tutukaka. It was night-time and the sea condition was rough. The crew of the Coastguard vessel became so focused on locating the vessel in difficulty that they lost awareness of where their own vessel was and struck a rock at a moderate speed. The Dive! Tutukaka Rescue was extensively damaged and several crew members were seriously injured in the collision. Continue reading »

Mar 282011

The fallen lifeboat: did design make it happen?

Investigations into the failure of lifeboat falls during maintenance, which led to the death of a seafarer have identified the design of the vessel’s lifeboat davits as a possible contributor to the incident.

Two seafarers in a team greasing the vessel’s number seven lifeboat falls fell when the forward fall parted. One crewmember died, the other survived. Both had been wearing a safety harness attached to a safety line stretched between the forward and aft lifeboat lifting hook arrangements.

The hydraulic telescopic davits were manufactured by Italy’s Navalimpianti Tecnimpianti Group. The lifeboats were designed and manufactured by Schat Harding and were of the MPC 36 SV partially enclosed lifeboat design.

New Zealand’s Transport Accident Investigation Commission interim report into the accident aboard the Holland-America Lines Volendam in January 2010 says: “The Commission believes it is a safety issue that the design of the SPTDL-150P lifeboat davit does not facilitate a thorough examination or effective lubrication of the standing part of the wire falls where they pass around the fixed guides before terminating. Lack of effective lubrication in this area will promote rapid corrosion and possible premature failure of the wire rope fall. Difficulty in conducting a thorough examination of the wire rope in this area could result in the risk of possible premature failure of the wire rope going undetected.
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Job vacancy – Accident Investigator (Marine) New Zealand

 Maritime Investigation  Comments Off on Job vacancy – Accident Investigator (Marine) New Zealand
Mar 272011

New Zealand’s Transport Accident Investigation Commission has an opportunity to be part of a small professional team in a dynamic organisation dedicated to making transport in New Zealand safer.

Do you enjoy investigating maritime occurrences to discover what went wrong; deciding what would help fix the situation; and using your conclusions to influence people and organisations to avoid similar incidents in the future? Continue reading »