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MAIB – Investigation of Fatal Accident

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued its report of the investigation of the fatal accident on board the UK combi-coaster NORDSTRAND in Seville, Spain on 20 September 2004. A crewmember was killed and the chief officer was injured when a portable hold bulkhead fell while being relocated. Investigation revealed the bulkhead fell because the locking pins were not properly secured. There was no established procedure for checking to determine whether the locking pins were secure. The safety management risk assessment for movement of the bulkheads was vague and unrealistic. Report No. 8/2005 Source: HK Law

DNV GL Helps Improve Crew Transfer Incident Reporting

Photo courtesy of DNV GL

Transferring personnel to offshore installations using crewboats and crane-lifted carriers is a common operation around the world; however, practices, levels of training, standards and the equipment used vary greatly. According to DNV GL, risk assessments currently use outdated statistics, and there is no central system for recording levels of activity and incidents. To improve safety performance and raise the profile of this operation DNV GL, the global provider of risk management services

Submersible Retrieves Data, Takes Video from Sunken Ferry

An underwater video released Tuesday by B.C.'s Transportation Safety Board shows images from inside the sunken Queen of the North ferry during a dive by a remote-controlled submersible last month. The video shows the submersible's manipulator arms clearing the ferry deck of debris, breaking a bridge window to gain access and taking images of the controls. It also shows the submersible retrieving bridge computerized electronic systems that could shed light on what led to the fatal

New Engineering Course at GMATS

GMATS has recently added a new course in Marine High Voltage Safety.  This course meets the unique demands in the maritime field for training concerning high voltage electrical situations.  It has been written in cooperation with current industry leaders who are using high voltage equipment daily.  The special needs in the marine environment for high voltage training are addressed in this class as they pertain to propulsion, maintenance and repair.

Rolls-Royce to Supply DP3 Systems to New Farstad OCV's

Integrated bridge image courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce says it has signed a contract with the shipyard group Vard for its latest DP3 dynamic positioning system to be installed on two new offshore construction vessels. The two vessels will be built at VARD Group, Langsten, Norway and delivered during the first half of 2015. Rolls-Royce will also supply engines, thrusters, propulsion systems, steering gears, and rudders. Rolls-Royce has already delivered many DP2 systems to VARD Group, across a range of ship designs.

USCG Releases Recreational Boating Report

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) released its 2014 Recreational Boating Statistics, revealing boating fatalities that year totaled 610, the second-lowest number of yearly boating fatalities on record.   From 2013 to 2014, deaths increased from 560 to 610, an 8.9 percent increase, injuries increased from 2,620 to 2,678, a 2.2 percent increase and the total number of accidents increased from 4,062 to 4,064, a 0.05 percent increase

Australia: Crew Member has Fatal Heart Attack

The Australian Transport Safety Board (ATSB) issued its report of the investigation of the death of an electrician on board a bulk carrier while the ship was anchored off Gladstone in Queensland on 11 May 2005. The crew member was working alone in the engineroom. It appears that he received an electric shock that knocked him off balance, causing him to fall between the deep frame and an adjacent pipe. He then suffered a fatal heart attack

Dive Planned at B.C. Ferry Wreck Site

Canadian investigators, trying to determine the cause of last month's fatal ferry sinking on the Pacific coast, will launch another probe of the underwater wreck site. The dive operation will examine the wheelhouse of the sunken ferry Queen of the North, which is located in about 400 meters of water in British Columbia's Inside Passage, the Transportation Safety Board said. The ocean-going ferry, carrying 101 passengers and crew, sank in the early morning darkness of March 22

Investigation Begins on Fatal Ferry Crash

Photo Credit: Don Sutherland Investigation begins on yesterday's ferry accident that has seriously injured several passengers and killed 10. A Staten Island Ferry crashed as it was docking Wednesday afternoon, severely injuring several passengers and killing at least 10. As New York City rush hour began to peak, the incident occurred at about 3:20 p.m., as the vessel was en route to dock at the St. George Terminal on the Staten Island end of its Manhattan commuter route

Coast Guard Officers Attend NTSB Hearing

Officers from the Coast Guard’s office of investigations and casualty analysis attended a hearing of the National Transportation Safety Board which outlined findings and recommendations related to recent accidents involving Coast Guard vessels, including the fatal collision with a recreational boat in San Diego, December 2009, killing 8-year-old Anthony DeWeese. “We want to thank the NTSB for its thorough investigation and insight on this accident

Seafarers Safety Initiative Grand Prize for NYK

NYK has been recognized with the 2015 Seafarers Safety Initiative Grand Prize awarded by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

  NYK has been recognized with the 2015 Seafarers Safety Initiative Grand Prize awarded by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) for the company’s seafarer safety activities. The award recognizes the safety training provided to NYK’s

NYK Conducts Crisis-response Drill on VLCC

Crisis Response Drill in progress

  On October 15 as part of the company’s Remember Naka-no-Se Campaign,* NYK conducted a crisis-response drill based on the scenario of a serious accident occurring on an NYK-owned VLCC (very large crude-oil carrier).   Cooperation from the Maritime Bureau within Japan’s

Two Product Tankers Collide in the Arctic

Svyatoy Pavel. Photo by Myship

Two Product tankers, Svyatoy Petr and Svyatoy Pavel collided during a passage of Northern Sea Route in convoy with nuclear icebreaker Vaygach.    The collision happened on 70 nautical miles SouthWest off New Siberian islands in Laptev sea.  

When Conducting Investigations Consider 'Privileges'

Jeffrey S. Moller

Whether voluntarily or as required by the International Safety Management Code, the American Waterways Operators’ (AWO) Responsible Carrier Program, or some other rule or regulation, investigations of accidents and near-miss situations are routinely conducted by companies in the maritime

Hong Kong Issues Note on Container Handling Safety

Loading containers Photo JN Port

  Hong Kong’s Marine Department has issued a reminder about safe handling of containers following the investigation into the death of a sailor on board a container vessel during cargo unloading operations. The incident occurred while containers were being discharged from the cargo

Viking Acquires Hook Retrofit leader

Henrik Uhd Christensen, CEO, VIKING Life-Saving Equipment

  Leading marine and fire safety equipment and servicing provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S has today announced the acquisition of Nadiro A/S, a company owned by maritime and energy conglomerate Maersk Group and SH Group. Established in 2009, Svendborg

Viking Acquires Nadiro from Maersk Group

(Photo: VIKING)

Marine and fire safety equipment and servicing provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S announced the acquisition of Nadiro A/S, a company owned by maritime and energy conglomerate Maersk Group and SH Group.   Established in 2009, Svendborg

Oil Train Risks Impact U.S. School Kids

Crude Oil moves via rail alongside U.S. inland watewrways (Image: Dagmar Etkin, ERC)

Thousands of U.S. schools sit along rail corridors used to carry toxic substances such as crude oil and would be at risk in the event of a derailment, an environmental group said on Tuesday as it called for a temporary halt on oil trains.

Navigation Accidents and Causes

maritime industry continues to maintain best practice

  The Nautical Institute’s latest book looks at major casualties and the lessons that can be learned, setting out good practice to avoid them in future. The book, launched yesterday (Monday), examines nearly 30 casualties and the problems of fatigue, bridge resource management

TRON 40VDR a Big Hit First Year of Launch

Tron 40VDR Float Free Capsule

  In September 2014, after several years of development in close collaboration with major VDR manufacturers, the Jotron combined float free emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) and float free storage medium, was released to the international maritime market

Chiarello: TOTE Continues Support to El Faro Families

TOTE President and CEO Anthony Chiarello (Photo: TOTE)

Anthony Chiarello, President & CEO of TOTE, owner of the cargo ship presumed to have sunk with 33 mariners aboard last week amid Hurricane Joaquin, issued a statement Wednesday afternoon promising continued support to the families of the mariners lost aboard the missing El Faro.  

Black Market Refrigerants Pose Risk to Shippers

Svenn Jacobsen

In 2011, several refrigerated, reefer containers exploded, killing three port workers. While there has been no further tragedies since then, counterfeit refrigerants remain in circulation and still represent a safety risk.  Counterfeit refrigerant cylinders can consist of a dangerously

Nearly 120 Hurt in Hong Kong Ferry Collision

TurboJet ferry docked in Hong Kong. Photo: Hong Kong Tourism

 Approximately 120 people were injured when a high-speed jetfoil heading from Macau towards Hong Kong hit an “unidentified object” last night south of Lantau Island.   The injured, aged between six and 83, were sent to seven hospitals, with 87 discharged as of this morning

USCG Guidance and Reporting Marine Casualties

Jeanne Grasso

U.S. Coast Guard Guidance Helps to Bring some Clarity to the Debate. In July 2015, the U.S. Coast Guard released Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular 01-15 (“NVIC”), titled Marine Casualty Reporting Procedures Guide with Associated Standard Interpretations

Canada Investigating Leviathan II Sinking

Leviathan II (File photo: Jamies Whaling Station and Adventure Centres)

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) continues its investigation into the sinking of passenger vessel which killed at least five near Tofino, British Columbia, Sunday.   Of the 24 passengers and three crew aboard the whale-watching tour boat Leviathan II at the time of the

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