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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 According to DNV GL, risk assessments currently use outdated statistics, and there is no central system for recording levels of activity and incidents.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


Summer Wind, Miss Susan Tow Collision Report

Collision between Bulk Carrier Summer Wind and the Miss Susan Tow Houston Ship Channel, Lower Galveston Bay, Texas This is a synopsis from the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) report and does not include the Board’s rationale for the conclusions, probable cause


Poor Communication behind Houston Ship Collision

USCG photo

A lack of timely communication and a vessel separation policy in precautionary waterways led to Houston Ship Channel accident, NTSB says in report; reiterates recommendation for a vessel separation policy   The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that the Miss Susan


Container Ship and LPG Tanker Collide near Surabaya

Navigator Aries. Photo by Navigator Gas

 LPG tanker Navigator Aries (23,333 dwt, built 2008), and containership Leo Perdana (33,423 dwt, built 2007) collided yesterday in waters off Gresik, nearby the Port of Tunjung Perak in Surabaya, Indonesia.   The collision caused a fire on the 2008-built tanker


Philippine Ferry Sinks, 36 Dead

A ferry carrying 189 passengers and crew capsized off the central Philippines in heavy waves on Thursday, killing at least 36 people but the majority of those on board were rescued, the coast guard and police said. The MBCA Kim-Nirvana, a motorised outrigger with 173 passengers and 16 crew on


Canada's Ferry Operators Highlight Safety

As Canadians remember the tragic sinking of the Korean ferry, MV Sewol, one year ago today, Canada’s ferry operators remind Canadians of the notable safety track record of its sector.    Through a short video posted online, the Canadian Ferry Operators Association (CFOA)


Groups Seek US SEC Probe of Shell Arctic Drilling Risk Disclosures

An environmental group and a law clinic petitioned the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether Royal Dutch Shell has adequately disclosed to investors the risks of oil exploration in the harsh Arctic waters, the groups said on Tuesday.  


MAIB Blames 'Structural Weakness' in Cheeki Rafiki Capsize

Cheeki Rafiki file photo by Corriere

 An accident report into the loss of the Cheeki Rafiki mid-way through a transatlantic crossing last May, found that undetected damage to fittings around the keel after a string of earlier groundings are among the likely causes, says the Telegraph.  


CWind Wins Third Straight Health & Safety Award

CWind, a provider of services to the offshore wind industry, has once again won the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Gold Award.   The Gold award in the annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) recognizes the company’s approach and commitment


Canada Announces Funding for Commercial Fishing Safety

Canada launches new Commercial Fishing Safety component of Boating Safety Contribution Program   Canada’s Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt, joined by Members of Parliament from Atlantic Canada, announced a new Commercial Fishing Safety component of the Government of Canada's Boating


Accident Reported on Offshore Rig off Mexico

An accident on an offshore rig in the southern Gulf of Mexico has injured 10 people, local media reported on Tuesday, but state oil company Pemex had no immediate details on the incident, saying only that no platform had sunk.   Local newspaper Campeche Hoy reported that 10 workers have


Mexican Offshore Rig Accident Kills 2 Workers

Mexican oil company Pemex said an accident on Tuesday has left an offshore maintenance rig in the southern Bay of Campeche listing, killing two workers, but has not affected crude production.   Pemex said the Troll Solution rig, which was contracted to operate in Pemex's Abkatun-Pol-Chuc


Gulf of Finland Collision Related Spill Risk to Quadruple in the Future

Image provided by American Chemical Society

 A single oil spill can release 30,000 tonnes of oil into the ocean if two vessels collide. In grounding the high weight can lead to oil disaster, in the Baltic Sea up to 120,000 tonnes. This estimate does not include the new giant tankers


Statoil Completes Gudrun Leak Investigation

Photo: Statoil

A condensate leak occurred on the Gudrun platform in the North Sea on February 18, 2015. The incident has been investigated by Statoil’s corporate investigation team which classifies it to be of the highest degree of seriousness.  


Navy Space-Based Orbital Debris Sensor Gets Patent

Small orbital debris objects can threaten vital space-based assets. The Navy's patented compact debris detection device can detect debris in near real-time and provide essential trajectory data for future use. The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Geospace Science and Technology Branch


Busan: Tugboat Sinks, Two Dead

Birds-eye view of Busan New Port. Photo by Busan Port

 Two crew members died after their tugboat sank in waters off the southeastern port city of Busan in Korea, Yonhap reports quoting the authorities.   The accident took place around 12:30 p.m. when a towing cable of the 22-ton tugboat, 97 Samyoung






 
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