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 According to DNV GL, risk assessments currently use outdated statistics, and there is no central system for recording levels of activity and incidents.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


Three Dead, Dozens Missing After Indonesian Ferry Sinks

Rescue workers, police and residents prepare to unload the body of a ferry victim in Kolaka, South East Sulawesi, Indonesia Sunday. Photo credits: Antara Foto, Reuetrs, Sulaeman.

 Indonesian rescue teams continue their search todau (Monday) for 78 people still missing at sea, after their ferry ran into bad conditions, took on water and sank near Sulawesi island on Saturday night, officials said.   Rescuers have pulled put 39 survivors and three dead from a passenger boat that sank in central Indonesia after being buffeted by high waves, and were battling bad weather Sunday to reach others still missing.  


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


OMB - Subchapter M Cleared for Publication

File Image: an aerial view of a typical fleeting operation on Americas inland rivers (WCI)

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) completed its review of the draft final rule entitled Inspection of Towing Vessels, also known as "Subchapter M." The document has been returned to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the US Coast Guard for final preparation prior to


USCG Sets 2nd Round of Hearings for El Faro

El Faro (File photo: TOTE)

The U.S. Coast Guard will conduct a second round of public hearings May 16-27 for the Marine Board of Investigation into the loss of the U.S.-flagged cargo ship El Caro, and its 33 crewmembers.    The Coast Guard completed its first round of hearings in February 2016.


Norway: Oil Industry Safety Deteriorated in 2015

File image: an offshore platform in the North Sea (Statoil)

The risk of accidents in Norway's oil industry rose last year after reaching record lows in 2014, a survey by the Nordic country's safety watchdog showed on Thursday. "The results are a warning sign. They indicate that something could be about to happen with the safety level


Search Resumes for El Faro Data Recorder

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The National Transportation Safety Board is set to resume its search April 18, 2016, for the vessel data recorder of the sunken El Faro cargo ship. The U.S. flagged El Faro sank during Hurricane Joaquin on Oct. 1, 2015. All 33 of the El Faro’s crew perished in the accident.


Wahlberg Headlines Film on Deepwater Horizon Tragedy

Deepwater Horizon is due for release September 30, 2016 (Photo: Lionsgate)

Nearly six years after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Hollywood takes its shot at recounting the tragedy with a film due this fall aiming to tell the story on the fatal blowout and its aftermath.   The oil spill, one of the largest environmental disasters in global history


Drunk Captain Grounds Ship in German Port

ABIS Bergen. Photo: Abis Shipping

 Dutch vessel 85-metre (279ft) long cargo ship the Abis Bergen has been towed free after running aground and blocking the entrance to the German port of Rostock.    The ship's captain reportedly caused the accident while under the influence of alcohol


MAIB: Multiple Errors in Hoegh Osaka Grounding

A number of reporting and operational errors caused the list and grounding of Höegh Osaka on January 3, 2015 according to an investigation by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch, UK. The report into MAIB’s investigation of the listing


BSEE Panel to Probe Offshore Fatality

BSEE Gulf of Mexico Region Director Lars Herbst has formally established an Investigative Panel. Image BSEE

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) continues its investigation into the March 10, 2016 death in the Gulf of Mexico of Roy Miller, a Nabors Drilling offshore worker. The fatal injury took place on the Nabors platform rig during maintenance activities for Whistler Energy LLC


Blazing a Path through Canada’s Icy Waters

The Valencia Express (2,298 TEU) on its way to Quebec. (Photo: Pascal Rheaume)

The Canadian city of Montreal numbers among North America’s most important hubs for maritime cargo. Hapag-Lloyd’s ships help keep the waterways ice-free in winter.   Vessels sailing through the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and along the Saint Lawrence River can get deep into the North


NYK Completes Winter Safety Campaign

NYK Group will continue to strengthen its safety activities Courtesy NYK

The NYK Group has completed its Sail On Safety winter safety campaign, which ran from December 1, 2015, through January 31, 2016.   Under the theme "Think, Act, and Be Safe," the campaign has been conducted annually by the entire NYK Group to prevent accidents that can be more


Abandoned Cruise Ship Sinks off Thailand

Image: Thai PBS

 Chinese cruise ship "Ocean Dream" , anchored off Laem Chanang port in Sri Racha for over a year, sank into the sea today, raising fear by Thai environmental authorities that it could cause pollution in the sea.   Ocean Dream capsized on Saturday while anchored around 2 miles


US Coast Guard Wraps up First Phase of El Faro Disaster Probe

El Faro (File photo: TOTE)

The U.S. investigation into the deadly sinking of the El Faro cargo ship during a hurricane last fall shifted direction on Friday, as the Coast Guard wrapped up its initial public hearings on the accident that killed all 33 people onboard.  


Hit-and-Run Container Vessel Caught in Malaysia

MV OLF. Pic source: Youtube

 A runaway container vessel which was involved in a hit and run accident with two other vessels was seized by the Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) DM 7 Tanjung Sedili District in the waters of Tanjung Ramunia.   The accident


US Coast Guard Hearing Probes El Faro Sinking in Hurricane

El Faro file photo: Tote

The captain of the U.S. cargo ship that sank off the Bahamas in a hurricane last fall, killing all 33 people on board, was responsible for decisions that put the vessel in the path of the storm, a shipping company executive testified on Tuesday.  


U.S. Coast Guard's El Faro Probe Starts Today

File image: El Faro (Tote)

The U.S. Coast Guard begins hearings on Tuesday to investigate whether misconduct or negligence were factors in the sinking of the cargo ship El Faro during a hurricane last fall, an accident that left the vessel's 33 crew members dead. The 790-foot (241-meter) El Faro went down off the Bahamas






 
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