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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


MAIB Issues Report on P&OSL CANTERBURY

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.


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 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


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


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


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


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 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 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


Protecting Your Right to a ‘Bon Voyage’

The National Transportation Safety Board’s Earl F. Weener responds to our March 2014 MarineNews BY THE NUMBERS feature, entitled “Passenger Vessel Safety Record Defies NTSB Hit List.” The NTSB Board Member takes issue with the inference that their scrutiny of the record of


U.S. House: Chemical Safety Board in Disarray

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is in disarray and has struggled to finish investigations into serious accidents at chemical plants and refineries that in one case killed seven people, according to a draft report by two Congressional committees.


NTSB: Seastreak Allision due to loss of vessel control

The National Transportation Safety Board determined today that the ferry Seastreak Wall Street struck Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan in January 2013, because the captain lost control of the vessel while attempting to dock. Additionally, the procedure used by the captain to reduce speed and transfer


The Pitfalls of Post Incident Paperwork

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The job’s not over until the paperwork is done. Done correctly. When an accident occurs on one of your vessels, an accident investigation is necessary. As safety is our primary concern, it is important to determine what happened, how it happened and how we can prevent it from happening in


Bill Submitted to Amend Danish Pilotage Act

On December 20, 2013, the Danish Maritime Authority submitted a bill to amend the Danish Pilotage Act and various other acts for consultation. The main purpose of the bill is to make it possible to perform pilotage assignments in Danish waters in a more efficient manner and thus to contribute


Vietnam Authorities Blame Watchkeeper for Fishermen's Deaths

Vietnamese authorities have concluded that a collision between a Singaporean container ship and a local fishing boat that killed eight people in September, 2013, was caused by the negligence of the ship’s second mate, reports Thanhnien News.


BMT, Port of Dover Consultancy Partner for Training

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In partnership with the Port of Dover Consultancy, BMT Isis (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, has announced the launch of a two day, interactive training course and workshop for Harbor Masters, Port Managers and Port Authorities.  Entitled ‘Managing Port Safety and Security’


What About Maritime Safety if Scotland Chooses Independence?

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In response to the Scottish Government's release of the 2014 pre-referrendum White Paper 'Scotland Future', shipping organization Maritime UK members suggest that the publication raises as many questions as it does answers. Maritime UK members have had constructive engagement with the Scottish


Blazing DUKW Abandoned in River Thames

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The vessel caught fire while in sea-borne mode, and the 30 passengers and crew evacuated  into waist deep water between Lambeth Bridge and Westminster Bridge.  Soon afterwards, three commercial RHIBs nearby attended and recovered people from the water and landed them at a nearby pontoon


Inaugural IMarEst Marine Electrical and Control Systems Saftey Conference

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Ships are becoming increasingly dependent on complex electronic equipment and electrical power systems, with incidence of engine failure and blackouts increasing. Safety and reliability are paramount, as will be discussed and debated at a new conference taking place in early October.  


Groundings - Shallow Waters, Deep Trouble

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The Managers have recently completed production work on the Club’s latest Loss Prevention DVD  -“ Groundings – Shallow Waters, Deep Trouble”.   The consequences of a vessel running aground vary in severity, but they are potentially devastating


NTSB Opens AK Collision Probe

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NTSB investigating collision between tug/barge and US Coast Guard vessel. The National Transportation Safety Board has opened an investigation into the collision between two vessels in Cordova, Alaska, on Sunday. On July 28 at about 7:00 am AKDT


Intercargo Calls for Improved Reporting Following Ship Casualties

During the forthcoming IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 92 to be held June 12-21, 2013) Intercargo, the International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners will present its Bulk Carrier Casualty Report and will call for member States to fully investigate ship losses and very serious casualties


Crew Systems Integration 2013 Program Announced

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FRC International will host CSI 2013 - Crew Systems Integration conference from July 2-4, 2013 at RNLI Lifeboat College, Poole, U.K. The international conference includes over 20 presentations focusing on nine integrated topics for the RIB and high speed craft sector


Costa Concordia: Board Members Under Investigation

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Five board members of owners, Costa Crociere, have been placed under investigation in connection with the January 2012 cruise ship accident. The executives are reportedly being probed for possible collusion in the crimes of dereliction of duty and manslaughter that the ship's Captain






 
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