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MAIB Issues Report on QEII Flooding

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued its Report of investigation into flooding of aft engine room of the Queen Elizabeth II

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 2001 Fire

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Board (MAIB) issued its report

NTSB Marine Accident Investigation Course

The National Transportation Safety Board is holding its Marine Accident Investigation course on December 5-9, 2011. The course, held at NTSB's Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia, focuses on the fundamentals of marine accident investigation including fracture analysis, human factors, survivability, operations, engineering, and electronic data collection and analysis. Current and former NTSB marine accident investigators are the course instructors. Attendees should have basic knowledge of marine transportation issues.

MAIB Issues Report on Royal Princess

The UK Department for Transport Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has released its report of the investigation into an accident that caused major injury to an engineer officer on board the cruise ship Royal Princess in the Dover TSS on August 4, 2001. The officer was injured when crushed by a power-operated watertight door. Investigation revealed that the written instructions for operating watertight doors were extremely complicated and that the crew regularly deviated therefrom. The MAIB recommended that the operator simplify the written instructions and consider redesigning the watertight door mechanisms. Source: HK Law

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.

MSC Napoli Report Adds Support to Cargo Mis-Declaration

The ’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) report into the MSC Napoli incident has shown that mis-declaration of the weight and contents of containers was a contributory factor to the accident. The detailed investigation also gave an insight into the accuracy of cargo declaration, particularly of dangerous goods. The most likely reason for incorrect placing of containers on deck is to accommodate declared dangerous goods.

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 requirements. The MAIB recommended that the vessel owner review its safety management system, among other things. Source: HK Law

MAIB Issues Report on M/V Rosebank Fire

The U.K. Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued a Report on its investigation into the fire that occurred on the small (1213 GT) freighter Rosebank on December 15, 2001. The fire apparently started due to an electrical short in the provision room. Difficulty in fighting the fire arose from the small (5 member) crew and the carriage of only one SCBA set. The MAIB recommended that the Maritime and Coastguard Agency consider requiring two SCBA sets on all commercial vessels.

UK Allision with Mooring Structures

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of a product carrier making heavy contact with mooring structures at a refinery on the River Thames on Feb. 25, 2008. While unmooring the vessel, the bow spring line was unexpectedly cast off. The pilot attempted to recover control of the vessel by laying alongside the next jetty, but the master (who was assisting) thought a different maneuver was being undertaken. (Source: Holland & Knight)

Report on Blackout and Grounding

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation into the electrical blackout and subsequent grounding of a ro-ro cargo ship in Warrenpoint Harbor, Northern Ireland on 29 June 2008.  The circumstances were highly confused and caused largely by a long series of failures to communicate.  The ship’s management system in general and its safety management system in particular seem to have broken down.  Report No. 5/2009 (2/10/09). (Source: Holland & Knight)

Grounding Blamed on Poor Bridge Teamwork

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued its report on the investigation of the grounding of the chemical tanker ATTILIO IEVOLI in the west Solent on 3 June 2004. The grounding caused bottom plate indentation. There were no injuries and no pollution. The report indicates that the primary cause of the grounding was poor bridge team management. MAIB Report No 2/2005 (HK LAW)

UK Collision Investigation

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) released its report of the investigation of the collision between the cargo vessel SCOT EXPLORER and the fishing vessel DORTHE DALSOE in the Kattegat on 2 November 2004. The fishing vessel was maintaining any lookout. The cargo vessel had only one person on the bridge and he was distracted with other duties. Subsequent to the incident, the managers of the cargo ship increased the manning level and promulgated guidance on safe passing distances. Report No. 10/2005 (HK Law)

MAIB Issues Timber Deck Cargo Study

The U.K. Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued its Timber Deck Cargo Study, which was undertaken following a series of marine casualties involving timber carried on deck. The study concludes that the IMO Code of Safe Practice for Ships Carrying Timber Deck Cargoes is adequate, but is not being rigorously applied in practice. Among other things, more effort must be made to maximize friction between timber deck cargoes and hatch covers and lashings must be used more effectively. Source: HK Law

MAIB Reports on Grounding of M/V WILLY

According to a report issued by the U.K. Department for Transport, the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has concluded that the grounding of the M/V WILLY in Cawsand Bay on January 1 was caused by the use of insufficient cable on the anchor. A secondary cause was the failure of the Officer of the Watch to promptly detect that the anchor was dragging.

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.

Vinyl Chloride Monomer Release in UK

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Bureau (MAIB) issued a Bulletin stating that approximately 600 kilos of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) were accidentally released from a gas carrier while alongside at Runcorn on 10 August. The release occurred while the ship was attempting to simultaneously conduct cargo sampling and hook up for cargo discharge. MAIB is investigating the incident.

3 Crew Dead After North Sea Accident

Three crewmembers died after an accident aboard a rescue vessel on the North Sea, the boat's owners said Sunday. The accident is under investigation by Britain’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch. The men, two Britons and a Pole, were working aboard the Viking Islay when the accident occurred, Vroon Offshore Services Ltd. said in a statement. The Viking Islay, which was supporting operations at a rig in BP PLC's Amethyst Field in the North Sea, has now returned to port. Vroon Offshore Chief Executive Graham Philip said it was still unclear exactly what happened. Vroon Offshore, part of the Vroon Group BV, provides of emergency response services to the offshore oil and gas industry. (Source: AP)

Mate Hit by Buoy – MAIB Investigation

The chief officer of the mooring vessel was seriously injured when he was crushed against a ‘mushroom’ air vent by a 6 tonne (t) navigation buoy which was being re-positioned on the working deck using the vessel’s crane. He suffered pelvic injuries and was hospitalized for almost a month. The MAIB investigation identified that the chief officer had moved into a hazardous area, and that there was no person in charge, or overseeing the movement of the buoy. The risks associated with moving the buoy had not been identified or assessed, and regulatory requirements regarding lifting operations were not fully met. The accident occurred only 8 months after a crewman was fatally injured on board BMC’s landing craft Forth Guardsman.

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

MAIB: Fatality on Commercial Vessel

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued its report of the investigation of the accident on board the commercial sailing vessel ALBATROS in the Thames Estuary on 22 August 2004 that resulted in the death of a passenger. The passenger requested permission to go aloft. The request was approved by the master. The passenger was given instructions and provided a restraint belt and lifeline, but not an approved safety harness. During the climb, the passenger froze and then fell backwards, striking the port gunwale before falling overboard to his death. The investigation revealed that the sailing vessel lacked a safety management procedure and that the passenger received inadequate briefing and supervision. Report No. 7/2005 (HK Law).

Marine Casualty Investigation in Seychelles

 Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

An eight-day training course on the latest tools, processes and procedures in the investigation of marine incidents is taking place in Victoria, Seychelles (7-15 November). The course will focus in particular on how to carry out such investigations in accordance with the mandatory  International Maritime Organization (IMO)  Casualty Investigation Code. William Azuh of the Technical Cooperation Division and Ms Purity Thirimu of IMO Regional Presence Office, Nairobi, are coordinating the training course.

UK Launches Groundings Investigations

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

MAIB investigators have been sent to the north coast of Scotland following the accident in the Pentland Firth involving the cargo ship Cemfjord. The upturned Cyprus-flagged vessel was sighted on the afternoon of Saturday, January 3 by the passenger ferry Hrossey. An investigation has begun following the grounding of the car carrier Hoegh Osaka on the Bramble Bank in the Solent. The vessel grounded on the evening of Saturday, January 3 having departed from Southampton for Bremerhaven, Germany.

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