Thomas Miller Acquires Brookes Bell
UK-based international provider of insurance services Thomas Miller has acquired international marine consultancy business Brookes Bell for an undisclosed sum. Brookes Bell is a marine technical and surveying consultancy with offices in Liverpool, London, Glasgow, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. It has served the marine and energy industries since 1903, providing specialist services in areas including emergency response, casualty investigation, salvage and wreck removal operations, scientific cargo expertise, forensic engineering and expert witness services.
U.S. Coast Guard Participates in Costa Concordia Investigation
The U.S. Coast Guard, joined by the National Transportation Safety Board, will be part of an Italian-led marine casualty investigation into the January 2012 grounding and partial sinking of the cruise ship Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy. The incident left 32 people dead, including two Americans. Evidence, timeline, analysis, conclusion(s), recommendations and a draft report are to be formalized over the next few months of the investigation. The Coast Guard places the highest priority on the safety of passenger vessels, including those domestic and foreign vessels that embark passengers in the United States and embark U.S. passengers world-wide, ensuring they are in compliance with applicable international and domestic safety standards.
GL Noble Denton Expands MCI Practice
GL Noble Denton Launches Marine Casualty Investigation Operations in Seattle. GL Noble Denton has expanded its Marine Casualty Investigation (MCI) practice in North America by launching operations in Seattle, a primary hub for marine insurance. The new base will allow the company's team of experienced surveyors to meet the growing demand for marine casualty investigations off the West Coast of the US and Canada. Activity in the cruise and offshore energy industries is rapidly developing in the region and GL Noble Denton's local presence will allow them to respond quickly to meet client needs.
New Report Examines MOL Comfort Casualty
Following the loss of the container vessel MOL Comfort on June 17, 2013, ClassNK established a special Casualty Investigation Team in order to investigate and determine the cause of the casualty. Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) further established a Committee on Large Container Ship Safety to develop measures to ensure the safety of large container vessels on August 29, 2013. ClassNK serves as a member of the Committee and the ClassNK Casualty Investigation Team is actively involved in its deliberative and investigative work.
Costa Concordia – USCG Assists Investigation
U.S. Coast Guard is helping Italian authorities investigate the Costa Concordia disaster. Vice Admiral Brian Salerno told a House Committee the USCG is also on guard against safety violations on foreign flagged vessels that use U.S. ports. Salerno said after the Costa Concordia incident, the Coast Guard immediately offered technical expertise and support to the Government of Italy's marine casualty investigation. He added that the Coast Guard's expertise in marine casualty investigations will prove helpful as the investigation into the disaster moves forward.
Cummings Comment on Marine Safety Hearing
Congressman Elijah E. “This morning we witnessed another example of the pressing need to expand the size of the U.S. Coast Guard. We cannot expect any organization to operate at full capacity when it does not have the staff or resources necessary to do so. Operating at full capacity is especially important when dealing with critical issues such as the safety of our mariners, marine life, and property at sea. For this reason, the Coast Guard must perform a workload analysis to determine how many people it needs to properly fulfill its marine casualty investigation duties. “Additionally, I fully support Chairman Oberstar’s suggestion that the Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board reach a resolution regarding primacy when it comes to marine casualty investigations.
MOL Comfort Casualty Investigation Update
Under the leadership of ClassNK Executive Vice President Toshitomo Matsui, the ClassNK Casualty Investigation Team established in response to the June 17, 2013 casualty involving MOL Comfort in the Indian Ocean continues to work in close contact with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), and government authorities to determine the cause of casualty. As has been reported by MOL, the fore section of the MOL Comfort, which was expected to provide investigators with valuable information on the cause of the casualty, sank on July 11, 2013. In view of these unfortunate circumstances, the ClassNK Casualty Investigation Team will expedite the investigation into the cause of the incident, and expects to consolidate its preliminary findings by early September 2013.
Marine Casualty Reporting: Addressing the Coast Guard's Processes
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. The Coast Guard is drowning in marine casualty reports. The majority of its informal investigations are never closed. Those that are closed are seldom read again. Lessons that might have been learned from marine casualties are rarely shared with the maritime industry. It is time to go back to basics.
MOL Comfort Casualty Investigation Continues
Under the leadership of ClassNK Executive Vice President Toshitomo Matsui, the ClassNK Casualty Investigation Team is carrying out a rigorous and exhaustive investigation of the causes of the MOL Comfort casualty. This analysis work is proceeding rapidly, ClassNK reports, and it expects to consolidate its preliminary findings by early September 2013. Based on the current findings of the ongoing investigation and analysis, the ClassNK Casualty Investigation Team has determined…
Monarch of the Seas Casualty Investigation Released
Norwegian Maritime Investigator and the U.S. Coast Guard released their Joint Marine Casualty Investigation
IMO Sec-Gen Urges Concordia Enquiry to Reach Conclusion
In his opening address to the IMO's Maritime Safety Committee's 91st Session Mr. Koji Sekimizu pushes for publication of Costa Concordia accident report. "As the loss of the Costa Concordia amply demonstrated, those affected are quick to call for action. The international nature of the passengers and crew – with some 70 nationalities involved in the Costa Concordia incident – highlighted the need for an international response, through IMO, to take the appropriate and necessary action in evaluating, developing, and implementing any provisions that might be recommended and needed, following consideration of the outcome of the casualty investigation and any other relevant information.
Costa Concordia: IMO Calls for Rapid and Full Casualty Investigation
IMO Secretary-General urges rapid and full casualty investigation. IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has expressed his condolences and sympathy for all those caught up in tragic accidents involving ships over the weekend. “Causes of this accident are still not yet established. We must wait for the casualty investigation and should not pre-judge or speculate at this stage. I would like to urge the Flag State administration to carry out the casualty investigation covering all aspects of this accident and provide the findings to the IMO under the provisions of SOLAS as soon as possible,” he said. He added “IMO must not take this accident lightly.
USCG Completes Investigation into Wake from Milwaukee
The Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan-led investigation regarding wake from the USS Milwaukee and recreational vessels off Chambers Island on Green Bay September 5, 2015, is completed. The marine casualty investigation determined that enforcement action against any of the parties involved would not forward the integrity of maritime safety and is therefore not warranted. As required by federal regulations, the Coast Guard conducted a marine casualty investigation. This investigative process collects and reviews all available information when a marine incident occurs and causes an injury…
IMO Provides Assistance to Red Sea Ferry Investigation
With respect to the ongoing investigation into the al-Salam Boccaccio 98 ferry disaster in the Red Sea on 3 February 2006, IMO wishes to clarify the following. Soon after the accident, IMO responded to a request for assistance in the investigation of the casualty from both the Governments of Egypt and Panama, by making available two independent consultants to provide technical advice to the casualty investigation board established jointly by the two Governments. M. Jean-Charles Leclair, of France, was appointed to provide advice on procedures for casualty investigation under SOLAS regulation I/21 (Casualties) and IMO Resolutions A.849(20) and A.884(21) (respectively the Code for the Investigation of Marine Casualties and Incidents and amendments thereto)…
ClassNK Update on Loss of 'MOL Comfort'
Based on the presence of water-ingress in the bottom of the vessel’s midship at the outset of the casualty, the fracture in the vessel’s hull is considered to have originated from the bottom part of the vessel. Hull strength and loads at the time of accident were assessed in order to investigate how the fracture occurred and progressed. Structural hull capacity was analyzed using non-linear finite element 3-hold modeling, and dynamic wave loads including whipping effects were also analyzed.
Coast Guard Allows Freighter to Proceed
The marine casualty investigation into the death of Paul Wade and the sinking of the Buona Madre that occurred on July 13 off Point Reyes continues. The Coast Guard previously directed the master of the Eva Danielsen to keep the ship in port under the authority of the Ports and Waterways Safety Act. For over a week, investigators from Coast Guard Sector Portland and Sector San Francisco conducted crew interviews and collected information, photography and logs from the vessel. The Coast Guard requested the customs hold on the Eva Danielsen to be lifted and is now allowing the freighter to proceed on its voyage. The 291-ft. Bahamian flagged freighter, which was originally scheduled to depart Portland, Ore., on the evening of July 16. The marine casualty investigation is ongoing.
Marine Casualty Investigation
In the realm of marine casualty investigations the allocation of blame should be secondary to marine safety. There are three important criteria for marine casualty investigations to be of value to the maritime industry. First, the report must be completed promptly. It does little good to see for the first time the report on a casualty that occurred three or more years ago. Second, the report must be publicly disseminated. The best report is of little value if it is available only to the principals. Third, the report must focus on the root cause of the casualty.
GL Noble Denton Appoints Head of Marine Casualty Investigation
Mr John Walker has been appointed as head of GL Noble Denton's growing Marine Casualty Investigation practice for the Americas region. Based in the New York office, John leads a team of expert marine engineers, master mariners and naval architects. His team play a key role in determining the cause and extent of machinery damage, fires, collisions, groundings, salvage operations and other marine incidents. John brings nineteen years of professional experience in vessel engineering, project management and marine accident investigation to his role.
USCG Schedules Hearing for Kulluk Grounding
A Coast Guard formal marine casualty investigation hearing is scheduled for May 20 at noon, at the Anchorage Loussac Library, Assembly Hall Chambers, to investigate the contributing causes that led to the conical drilling unit Kulluk grounding on Sitkalidak Island Dec. 31, 2012. The Coast Guard conducts investigations following marine casualties to determine the causal and contributing factors that led to the incident. This allows the Coast Guard to potentially save lives and protect the environment in the future by identifying what went wrong and how it can be avoided in the future. The investigative hearings are an essential part of the investigative process…
MOL Ccomfort Casualty Investigation Update
ClassNK Executive Vice President Toshitomo Matsui has announced that the ClassNK Casualty Investigation Team’s analysis and investigation will take longer than initially expected, and will delay the release of its findings. The team, which began investigating the MOL Comfort casualty in Mid-June, had expected to complete its analysis and investigation of the casualty in early September. However, the time consuming nature of some of the analysis work has forced the team to revise its forecast for completion. The team continues to carry out its exhaustive investigation into the cause of the casualty, and now expects to release its findings to the public by the end of October 2013.
Hearing on Cosco Busan
The Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted an oversight hearing on the COSCO BUSAN incident and the USCG marine casualty investigation program. The Summary of Subject Matter focuses on the COSCO BUSAN incident and the ALASKA RANGER casualty in the Bering Sea. Rear Admiral Brian Salerno, US Coast Guard, testified about the marine casualty investigation program. He stated that the program generally works quite well, but that the program will be strengthened through addition of civilian positions and establishment of Centers of Expertise. Ms. Anne L. Richards…
MOL Comfort Casualty Investigation Update
Under the leadership of ClassNK Executive Vice President Toshitomo Matsui, the ClassNK Casualty Investigation Team continues to cooperate with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), and government authorities to determine the cause of casualty. As part of the ongoing investigation, an exhaustive review of the MOL Comfort’s design as well as the plan approval process has been completed. This review has verified the results of the plan approval process, and confirmed that the vessel design fully complied with all requirements of the ClassNK Rules and IACS regulations. A similar review of the vessel’s survey records has also been completed…
Texas City Y Marine Casualty Hearing Closes: Results Later
Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board investigators have closed a formal hearing in Galveston, that was held to gather facts that led to a March 22, 2014 collision and subsequent 168,000 gallon oil spill near the Texas City Dike. The purpose of the Coast Guard marine casualty investigation and formal board hearing is to examine the causes of a marine casualty, make recommendations to help avoid a similar incident, improve overall maritime transportation safety, and promote safety of life and property at sea.