1 Trawler + 1 Whale = 2 People + 1 Esky

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Oct 072010

An Aussie Esky, courtesy of America's Coleman

If it isn’t EUNAVFOR interdicting pirates it’s whales and Eskys becoming fishermens’ PFD.

With no further comment, here’s a story from AMSA –

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) Australia coordinated the rescue of three people from the water at approximately 11.15 pm (WST) on Tuesday 5th October when a fishing vessel sank off North West Cape, Western Australia.

The 12.1 metre ex-fishing trawler Shiralee with three people on board made a Mayday call when she started to quickly sink after striking a whale approximately five nautical miles off Ningaloo Reef. A VHF radio call was relayed to the RCC Australia by the mobile offshore drilling unit, Ocean America, and was overheard by the tanker Eagle Corona which diverted to the scene. Shortly afterwards, a 406 megahertz distress beacon was detected at the location and a red flare was sighted by Eagle Corona. Weather conditions at the time of the incident were severe with 18-23 knot winds, two-metre sea levels and a three-metre swell.

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DMA: “Unidentified leak sank Josephine E”

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Sep 032010

Josephine E

Denmark’s Maritime Authority, DMA, has recommended that the The Danish Fishermen’s Occupational Health Services in co-operation with the Danish Maritime Authority carry out a targeted campaign towards wooden fishing vessels that are  occasionally is used catching fish cto be processed industrially focussing on  the special hazards involved. The recommendation follows the  sinking of FV Josephine E.

Josephine E is a wooden fishing vessel with a tonnage of 19.97 BRT. It was built in 1963.

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Maritime Safety News – 29 May 2009

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May 302009

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Two dead, one rescued in gas poisoning accident on Chinese ship
Xinhua – China
The navy ship was alerted for help because local maritime rescue ships could not approach Zheyuyu 1616 on the rough sea. Six hours later the navy reached .

2 hospitalized in La. after explosion on vessel
The Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two crew members have been flown to a hospital after an explosion aboard a supply vessel off the Louisiana coast.

Fire breaks out on Italian ferry, all safe
The Associated Press
The cause of the fire was still being investigated. The ship, which belongs to the Italian ferry company Tirrenia di Navigazione SpA, was being towed

Ship runs aground in Bosporus strait
eTaiwan News – Taiwan
AP A maritime official says a St.-Vincent and Grenadines-flagged ship has run aground in Istanbul’s Bosporus. Salih Orakci, head of Turkey’s coast security,

Australian officials consider quarantine to keep cruise ship
USA Today – USA
The Brisbane Times reports only passengers who live in Brisbane or the surrounding state of Queensland will be allowed to leave the ship

Dead skipper’s family to sue trawler owners
New Ross Standard – Wexford,Ireland
However, a stability investigation to understand the stability profile of the vessel prior to the sinking was carried out by the MCIB

Harbour crash inquest witness admits to lie
ABC Online – Australia
In the statement she said she did not see or hear the HarbourCat, the Pam Burridge, prior to the collision.

Refrigerated cargo, indeed

A RUSSIAN ship captain has been charged with illegally transporting 56 passengers for four days, with a prosecutor alleging that they were essentially trapped in the refrigerated hold.

MCA publishes ‘Our Plans for 2009-10’

Maritime Journal – Fareham,UK
As part of its work towards tackling seafarer fatigue, MCA surveyors will be taking a critical look at the hours of work/rest records during surveys

Newcastle harbour chain secrets revealed
Newcastle Herald – Newcastle,Australia
Safety Bureau’s investigation into the Pasha Bulker grounding on Nobbys Beach for refit and another ship will take over the rest of the operation.

Eyes on the ocean
Times-Standard – Eureka,CA,USA
The system can be used to track oil spills — it helped during the massive spill from the Cosco Busan in San Francisco Bay — and to determine the direction

NOAA Says Changes in Vessel Operations May Reduce Risk of Endangered Whale Shipstrikes

Years of study and effort by NOAA and the U.S. Coast Guard will pay off this summer when two changes to shipping lanes into Boston

NTSB: Expanded Release of Accident Investigations to Begin Next Week

Washington, DC (May 28th 2009): The National Transportation Safety Board today announced that it will begin to release all accident investigation public .


Kadhafi wants Somali exclusion zone to fight piracy
such as Frontex — the EU agency specialised in border security — to protect “our maritime wealth” and warned against the spread of piracy.

G8 discuss cooperation on organised crime and piracy
Reuters UK – UK
closer cooperation in fighting organised crime and greater aid to African states to tackle drug trafficking cartels and rising maritime piracy.

New Dawn Skipper's Bravery Praised But Better Rescue Procedures Required

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Sep 182008

Britain’s Maritime Accident Investigation Branch has praised the skipper of the trawler New Dawn for his attempts to rescue a Filipino seafarer, Reynaldo Benitez, swept overboard by a towing chain but told the vessel ownewr, Fuimus LLP, to review onboard equipment and rescue procedures.

During routine twin rig trawling shooting operations in international waters on the night of 13th August, says the MAIB’s preliminary report: “After attaching the port and starboard towing chains to the trawl wires, two crewmen worked at attaching the centre chain in an area of considerable danger, between the port and starboard chains. Once attached to the towing chains, the load on the trawl wires was transferred onto the chains. It was during this operation that one crewman was caught between the chains and the vessel’s bulwark rail, and was subsequently carried overboard.”

The vessel’s skipper, Chaz Bruce, jumped overboard in a rescue attempt but himself began to suffer the effects of cold water. It was only with great difficulty that the rest of the crew managed to bring the skipper back onboard. The fallen seafarer remains missing.

New Dawn appears in the BBC Television Series Trawlermen which began a new set of episodes in August.

Following the incident, Fuimus LLP modified the procedure utilised when attaching towing chains to the trawl warps, so that the middle towing chain is attached before the port and starboard chains; Made the wearing of inflatable lifejackets compulsory for all crew during shooting and hauling operations and established procedures to ensure that all crew are in positions of safety before the load from trawl warps is transferred to the towing chains.

MAIB’s Deputy Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents has written to the vessel’s owner to acknowledge the actions taken since the accident, and “the valiant attempt made by the skipper to rescue his colleague overboard. However, the Deputy Chief Inspector also recognised the personal danger the skipper placed himself in while attempting this rescue, and suggested the owner may wish to review the equipment available on board the vessel, and procedures which may be adopted, to better facilitate the recovery of a person from the sea”.

MAC would like to make a few comments that might be more generally applicable. It can be very difficult to recover someone, even conscious and in good conditions, from the water without training, practice or the right equipment. Review your ability to do it.

Lifejackets too often go by-the-by on small working vessels, New Dawn was nearly 15 metres. There are all sorts of rationalisations for not wearing one, in the same way that some folk ‘rationalise’ not wearing a seatbelt in a car. Despite bright colours and reflective tape its hard enough to find a lifejacket-wearing MOB at night even in moderate weather, without a lifejacket your chances of being found are slim to none.

Think of a lifejacket as a condom – to be worn, if possible, on every conceivable occasion.

Also, jobs sometimes get done the same way, day after day, year after year without anyone asking ‘is there a safer way to do this job?’. Eventually, the job becomes standard operating procedure – it’s done that way because it’s always been done that way. Making a job safer may be as simple as changing the order it which it is done. Is there a job that can be done safer on your vessel?

BSU – Jan Maria 'glaring violations

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Sep 022008

Germany’s Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation, Bundesstelle für Seeunfalluntersuchun, BSU, found what it describes as ‘glaring violations’ of safety rules during its investigation into the death of a seafarer aboard the 7,646 gross tonnes stern trawler Jan Maria in 2006. It also noted serious shortfalls in the document-keeping regime aboard ship.

While the trawl was being set for fishing 130 nautical miles off the west coast of Ireland, a line suddenly came under tension and trapped a seafarer against a vertical roller at the stern of the vessel. The seafarer suffered severe injuries to his chest and died on board the vessel shortly afterwards.

Among issues noted in the BSU investigation report is that the area of the incident could be seen directly from the bridge, where winches were controlled, due to obstruction by a crane pillar. Although adequate elsewhere in the vessel, video cameras covering the area were subject to frequent interference and the black and white video monitor was indistinct and fuzzy, making it difficult to see, especially at night.

Several emergency winch stop buttons were positioned around the deck but were difficult to find. Says the BSU report: “…the Master and the Mate were unaware of the existence of the emergency stop equipment for interruption of winch operation on the fishing deck.”

Concern was also raised about language used on the vessel and potentially confusing hand-signal communications used for critical operations on deck – ambient noise levels were too high to permit use of radios.

Full details can be found in the report and, although the vessel in this case was a trawler, it is possible for similar situations to occur on other vessel types.

Among the lessons to learn: If an area of potential hazard is not directly visible from the point of control of equipment in that area then appropriate steps need to be taken to enhance safety and ensure a timely response in event of an accident. If the area is covered by video cameras ensure than the camera lens is clean, that interference is minimised and the video system optimally adjusted to give a clear picture, especially at night.

Consideration should also be given to providing an additional safety watch when someone is working that area.

Ensure that all crew are familiar with the location and operation of emergency stop controls and that such controls are clearly and unambiguously marked and very visible and the location clearly indicated by signage.

If hand signals must be used ensure that they are standardised, uniformly applied and that all crew are familiar with them.