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MAIB Issues Report on QE2 Casualty

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) released its report on the investigation of the escape of steam and hot water on board the Queen Elizabeth 2


The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued its Marine Accident Report into the flooding casualty suffered by the ro-ro ferry P&OSL CANTERBURY. The vessel incurred flooding of its forward machinery space. Investigation found that a test valve on the discharge line from the emergency bilge pumps had been left open. Also, the overboard discharge valve from this line had no non-return capability.

U.K. – Multi-Ship Casualty Investigation

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of the multi-agency investigation of the collision between the Arctic Ocean and the Maritime Lady, the capsize of the Maritime Lady, contact with the wreck by the Sunny Blossom, and the subsequent grounding of the Sunny Blossom in the Elbe River on 5 December 2005 [and that’s just the title]. The investigation may be most memorable, though, for its discussion of the unwillingness of two principal witnesses (the master of

UK MAIB Report on Grounding of M/V LYSFOSS

The UK Department for Transport issued a News Release stating that the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) published the report of its investigation of the grounding of the M/V LYSFOSS in the Sound of Mull, Scotland on May 7, 2001. The investigation found that the chief officer was alone on the bridge when the grounding occurred, the helmsman having departed to conduct rounds. No passage plan had been prepared for the transit, contrary to flag state

MAIB Repots on Pipeline Damage

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of an oil tanker, on June 25, 2007, dragging its anchor in the North Sea five miles east of Teesport and snagging a natural gas pipeline, resulting in material damage to the pipe, but no release of product. Due to heavy weather, the ship started to drag anchor. While weighing anchor so as to get underway, the ship’s windlass hydraulic motor exploded and the cable ran out to the bitter end

MAIB Issues Report on Fire

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued a summary of its preliminary examination of a fire that occurred on a ro-ro passenger ferry in Pembroke on July 30, 2008. The fire was the result of thermal oil leaking from the heater coils into the thermal oil heater’s furnace. Although the damage was not serious, the fire was exacerbated by the lack of means to close off the air intake and the lack of a place in the system for injecting an extinguishing medium

UK Reports on Oban Allision

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued its report on the investigation of the allision between the ro-ro ferry ISLE OF MULL and a moored vessel and a pier in Oban Bay. The ferry was approaching its berth. When the master moved from the center control console to the starboard wing control console, he forgot to start the bow thruster. As the officer of the watch started the bow thruster and transferred control to the starboard wing control console

UK MAIB Issues Summary of Examination of Crane Collapse

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued a summary of its preliminary examination of an incident involving the collapse of a provisions loading crane on a ship. The crane was being used to load stores from a barge alongside when it suddenly detached from its mountings and fell onto the barge. The bosun working the crane was injured. Investigation revealed that the nuts and bolts on the pedestal mounting ring were severely corroded

UK Grounding - Lack of ECDIS Training

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation into the grounding of a freighter on Haisborough Sand in the North Sea on 12 May 2008.  The ship’s course had been laid directly over the shallow water of the Sand.  The ship’s Electronic Chart Display Information System (ECDIS) was the primary means of navigation.  Unfortunately, none of the ship’s officers had been trained in the use of the particular model of ECDIS

UK Report, Truck Breaks Loose on Ferry

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the shift of an articulated road tanker on board a roll-on roll-off high-speed sea service cargo ferry in Loch Ryan, Scotland on 28 January 2009. The truck driver left the truck out of gear and did not apply the parking brake. Neither the ferry’s deck securing points nor the truck’s ferry securing points accorded with applicable international or national standards

Simulating Marine Collisions for a Safer Future


Collisions at sea have always been a major risk for seafarers and while the exact numbers of incidents that take place across the globe each year are hard to quantify, the number is significant. The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) reports on average six collisions between merchant

Cargo Ship Collides with Fueling Vessel at Sea

A 24-meter fuelling vessel, Erin Wood, was towed to Peterhead Saturday after a collision with a Cyprus registered cargo vessel, Daroja, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported.    At 5:10 p.m. Aberdeen Coastguard received a Mayday call from the Erin Wood with two crew on

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.  

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

Search Suspended for Missing Crew of Cemfjord

Cypriot-registered Cemfjord was spotted in the waters of the Pentland Firth, north of Scotland, on Saturday

  The search for eight crew missing from the cement carrier, ‘Cemfjord’ which capsized and sank in the Pentland Firth has been suspended this evening, with no sign found of the missing crew. The lifeboats completed their search areas earlier this afternoon and returned to shore

UK Launches Groundings Investigations

Car carrier Hoegh Osaka aground on the Bramble Bank (Photo: MAIB)

The U.K.’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) investigators deployed to Pentland Firth and to the Solent   Cemfjord MAIB investigators have been sent to the north coast of Scotland following the accident in the Pentland Firth involving the cargo ship Cemfjord.  

Sunken Cargo Ship Cemfjord Wreck Found


 The wreck of the cargo ship Cemfjord, which sank in the Pentland Firth with eight men on board, has been located on the seabed.   The wreck of the cargo ship Cemfjord, which sank in the Pentland Firth with eight men on board who are presumed dead, was yesterday found on the seabed

Salvors Readying to Move Hoegh Osaka

The map shows the route the vessel will take and the timings for the journey (Image: MCA)

The vessel Hoegh Osaka is stable on Aplha Anchorage as salvage operations are ongoing, the U.K Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported.   The list vessel’s had been reduced to 25 degrees as of 10:30 a.m. this morning, and all water has been removed from the car decks

Barges Hits Ferry in Holyhead Harbor

A Stena Line ferry, Stena Nordica, has been taken out of service after suffering damage when a barge collided with its hull Sunday while berthed in Holyhead harbor on Anglesey, BBC reported.   Crew and passengers were reportedly on the ferry at the time of the collision

Offshore Safety Training from Seagull

Image: Seagull Maritime

 Saegull Maritime has announced the launch of two new computer-based training (CBT) modules, focusing on deck safety for specific types of offshore vessels that will be as useful for seasoned crew as well as newcomers.   The video training program covers deck safety for supply vessels

Cargo Ship Runs Aground in Scotland

Check for pollution from the Fri Sea (Pic by Fort William Coastguard)

 A 2,600-tonne cargo ship has run aground while docking close to berth at Corpach on Loch Linnhe at Fort William on the west coast of Scotland in windy conditions.    Stornoway Coastguard said the alarm was raised this morning when the 91-metre ship Fri Sea went aground at high

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.  

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

Marine Casualty Reporting: Addressing the Coast Guard's Processes

Dennis Bryant

The United States marine casualty reporting and investigation processes as administered by the U.S. Coast Guard are seriously flawed and in need of major overhaul.   These processes have been broken for years, yet minimal efforts have been made to address the root causes

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

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