Cruise Ship Tragic Lifeboat Accident: Investigation Report

Posted by George Backwell
Monday, May 12, 2014
Thomson Majesty: Image courtesy of Transport Malta

Transport Malta Marine Safety Unit has released its report on last year's 'MV Thomson Majesty' lifeboat exercise boat fall that killed 5 crew members and injured 3 others.

Background
On 10, February 2013, Thomson Majesty arrived in Santa Cruz de La Palma from Las Palmas as part of a seven-day cruise commencing in Tenerife. On board were 1498 passengers and a crew of 594, giving a total number of persons on board of 2092.

At around 1030, the ship commenced a general emergency and lifeboat drill for all officers, staff and crew. On completion of the General Emergency Drill, three lifeboats on the outboard (starboard) side were to be lowered to the water and sent away for training purposes.

At approximately 1154, during hoisting of lifeboat no. 9 with eight crew members on board, the forward wire rope fall parted, causing the lifeboat to swivel on the aft hook. When the lifeboat reached an angle of approximately 45° to the horizontal, the aft end of the lifeboat and the hook failed and the lifeboat dropped approximately 20 m to the sea, turning upside down, either just before or as it entered the water.

One crew member was thrown out from the lifeboat as it entered the water, and two crew members managed to escape from the upturned lifeboat by their own efforts. The remaining five crew members were subsequently removed by local divers and were declared deceased at the scene.

Findings

  • the wire rope fall had parted near or around the forward davit‟s upper sheave
  • the laboratory analysis revealed that the wire rope had parted at a site of pre- existing corrosion wastage and that it appeared dry and void of lubricant;
  • the cause of the corrosion was due to the wire rope strands opening up under tension, allowing seawater and other contaminants to penetrate the inner core and corrode the strands
  • the wire rope fitted was not in accordance with the manufacturer‟s recommended specifications
  • the grease with the incorrect specifications had been used to lubricate the wire rope during periodic maintenance


Core Marine Ltd. has conducted an internal investigation that has resulted in changes in its safety management system procedures, intended to enhance lifeboat safety.
Additionally, the Marine Safety Investigation Unit has made one recommendation to the managers of the vessel and two recommendations to the flag State Administration in order to raise awareness and address the management of wire rope integrity.

Transport Malta informs that Core Marine Ltd. has conducted an internal investigation that has resulted in changes in its safety management system procedures, intended to enhance lifeboat safety.

Additionally, the Marine Safety Investigation Unit has made one recommendation to the managers of the vessel and two recommendations to the flag State Administration in order to raise awareness and address the management of wire rope integrity.

 

 

 

Maritime Reporter June 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Location of New Port Expansion Projects: Analysis

When it comes to port development, many governments now favour letting the market decide where expansion should take place, whereas most other transport infrastructure,

Europe Sleep Walking into an Energy Crisis: Analyst

The downing of flight MA17 has prompted calls for further sanctions on Russia targeted at its energy sector. Douglas-Westwood in its 'DW Monday' analysis considers

GAC North America Passes the Helm to Schensema

GAC says it  has moved Claus Schensema to Houston, Texas, where he will take up the post of Managing Director of GAC North America Logistics. Schensema brings

Legal

Tanker with Iraqi Kurdish Oil Anchors off Texas Port

A tanker carrying crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan was anchored near the Port of Galveston, Texas, and must undergo a routine safety inspection by the U.S. Coast

Panama's Alfonso Castillero Moves to Liberian Registry

The Liberian Registry informs that Alfonso Castillero, former Director-General of the Panama Registry, has joined their organization as Vice-President. Castillero

BV Group Launches Maritime Pilot Phase

Bureau Veritas Group Launched Maritime Pilot Phase for its Single Window for Foreign Trade in Togo. The ceremony took place in Lomé, under the patronage of the President of the Republic,

Casualties

Search for Flight MH370: Update

Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) says that a bathymetric survey of the 60,000km2 search area is well underway, with two vessels, the Australian-contracted

Bulk Grain Carrier Aground in Lake St. Claire

The Coast Guard informs it is responding to a 36,563 dwt 656-foot freighter that is hard aground in the downbound shipping channel of Lake St. Clair. Coast Guard

Costa Concordia Arrives Genoa for Demolition

Crowley Maritime Corp. subsidiary TITAN Salvage and project partner Micoperi has confirmed that the Costa Concordia – the Concordia-class cruise ship that wrecked off Giglio Island,

Maritime Safety

2 Rescued Near Humber Bridge by Maritime & Coastguard Agency

Humber Coastguard received a call just after 10am this morning reporting two people in the water after their powered canoe had capsized just west of the Humber Bridge.

NAVSEA Receives 3 DoD Value Engineering Awards

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) was recently announced as the winner of three fiscal year 2013 Department of Defense (DoD) Value Engineering Achievement Awards.

Panama's Alfonso Castillero Moves to Liberian Registry

The Liberian Registry informs that Alfonso Castillero, former Director-General of the Panama Registry, has joined their organization as Vice-President. Castillero

 
 
Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1568 sec (6 req/sec)