Loss of propulsion of ro-ro cargo vessel Mazarine: Transport Malta Report

The vessel Mazarine dramatically stuck on Wolf Rock
The vessel Mazarine dramatically stuck on Wolf Rock

Transport Malta’s Marine Safety Investigation Unit has published an investigation report into the loss of propulsion and subsequent grounding of the Maltese-registered ro-ro cargo vessel Mazarine, on Wolf Rock off Land’s End, UK on 10 July 2023.

At about 1040, the Maltese-registered, ro-ro cargo vessel, Mazarine ran aground on Wolf Rock, UK. The vessel sustained structural damage to the underwater section of the hull. In addition to the hull perforations, several deformations were observed, mostly on the port Continue reading “Loss of propulsion of ro-ro cargo vessel Mazarine: Transport Malta Report”

MAIB Report: Flooding, capsize and sinking of stern trawler Piedras

UK registered stern trawler Piedras capsized and sank following an uncontrolled ingress of seawater
UK registered stern trawler Piedras capsized and sank following an uncontrolled ingress of seawater

On 1 June 2022, the UK registered stern trawler Piedras capsized and sank following an uncontrolled ingress of seawater in the engine room. The skipper of Piedras gave the order to abandon ship, but the abandonment was hampered as one of its two liferafts failed to function correctly. However, the second liferaft was successfully deployed and used by the 11 crew members who were all rescued uninjured.

Safety issues
– The crew of Piedras did not have an effective flood action plan as recommended by the Fishermen’s Safety Guide Continue reading “MAIB Report: Flooding, capsize and sinking of stern trawler Piedras”

MERI crane collision and bridge damage in Kiel canal

BSU has published a report on an accident involving the Finnish-flagged heavy-lift vessel MERI
BSU has published a report on an accident involving the Finnish-flagged heavy-lift vessel MERI

The German Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation (BSU) has published a report on an accident involving the Finnish-flagged heavy-lift vessel MERI while transporting a mobile harbour crane from Rostock to Esbjerg via the Kiel Canal.

Documentation indicates the ship and cargo exhibited a permissible height to pass the bridges on the NOK safely. However, while passing beneath the first bridges, the high bridges at Holtenau, on 30 November 2022, the mobile Continue reading “MERI crane collision and bridge damage in Kiel canal”

MAIB Report: Powerboat Awesome accident resulting in two fatalities

MAIB Report: Powerboat Awesome accident resulting in two fatalities
MAIB Report: Powerboat Awesome accident resulting in two fatalities

The MAIB has issued a report on its investigation of the powerboat Awesome accident near Little Thatch Island, British Virgin Islands on 2 October 2022, where the loss of control resulted in two fatalities.

On 2 October 2022, the mono-hulled offshore powerboat Awesome was returning to its home port when it unexpectedly veered to starboard, then rolled violently to port, ejecting 10 occupants. Awesome ended up in a vertical position, with its bow in the air, briefly staying afloat before it started to sink by the stern. Two of the occupants did not survive the accident. Continue reading “MAIB Report: Powerboat Awesome accident resulting in two fatalities”

NSIA report into Viking Sky investigation published

Viking Sky Investigation published.Photo credit: Photo: Eva Frisnes
Viking Sky Investigation published. Photo credit: Photo: Eva Frisnes

The Norwegian Safety Investigation Authority (NSIA) issued its accident report on the loss of propulsion and near-grounding of cruise ship Viking Sky on 23 March 2019.

During the afternoon of 23 March 2019, the cruise vessel Viking Sky experienced a blackout, causing loss of propulsion and steering, during a storm in the Hustadvika area of the Norwegian coast. The vessel is estimated to have come within a ship’s length of running aground with 1,374 persons on board, and the accident had the potential to develop into one of the worst disasters at sea in modern times. Continue reading “NSIA report into Viking Sky investigation published”

BMA investigation report: Two contractors collapsed in cargo hold

incident following the arrival of a team of fumigation contractors
incident following the arrival of a team of fumigation contractors

The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) has published a marine investigation report about an incident following the arrival of a team of fumigation contractors onboard the Bahamian registered bulk carrier Magic Striker.

On the morning of 21 December 2021, the Bahamian registered bulk carrier Magic Striker had nearly completed loading a cargo of corn in Chennai, India, when a team of fumigation contractors arrived onboard. In the early afternoon, two contractors entered the cargo hold, wearing gas masks along with a phosphine gas detector. Continue reading “BMA investigation report: Two contractors collapsed in cargo hold”

Neptune Thelisis: Leaking thermal oil led to an engine room fire is investigation report finding

leaking thermal oil which led to an engine room fire onboard Neptune Thelisis.
leaking thermal oil which led to an engine room fire onboard Neptune Thelisis.

Transport Malta’s Marine Safety Investigation Unit has published an investigation report on leaking thermal oil which led to an engine room fire onboard Neptune Thelisis.

A fire was discovered by the engine room crew members on board the Maltese registered ship Neptune Thelisis shortly after 16.51 (UTC+1) on 17th January 2022. The crew members gathered at the designated muster station and commenced fire-fighting operations. The fire was controlled and extinguished after the fixed fire-fighting installation was activated. Continue reading “Neptune Thelisis: Leaking thermal oil led to an engine room fire is investigation report finding”

CHIRP Annual Digest 2023 published

The CHIRP Annual Digest 2023 is available to download now
The CHIRP Annual Digest 2023 is available to download now

Recently published, the CHIRP Annual Digest 2023 is the ninth edition to be released by CHIRP Maritime. The publication covers the reports and cases that were published during 2023 along with additional articles on safety topics.

The Digest extends to 78 pages and celebrates CHIRP Maritime’s 20th anniversary. The publication presents a collection of safety-focused incident reports and insightful articles derived from real-life experiences in the maritime industry. The Digest is organized into themed sections, providing readers the flexibility to explore topics of interest. Continue reading “CHIRP Annual Digest 2023 published”

Containership MSC Rita and fishing vessel collision report published

Containership MSC Rita and fishing vessel collision report published
Containership MSC Rita and fishing vessel collision report published

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its investigation report on the collision between containership MSC Rita and fishing vessel Tremont which happened on October 28, 2022.

On October 28, 2022, about 0036 local time, the containership MSC Rita and the fishing vessel Tremont were underway in the Atlantic Ocean, 55 miles southeast of Chincoteague, Virginia, when the two vessels collided. The 13 people aboard the Tremont abandoned the vessel and were rescued by Good Samaritan vessels and a US Coast Guard helicopter. No injuries were reported. Continue reading “Containership MSC Rita and fishing vessel collision report published”

Milagro Investigation: Serious burn injuries to a crew member

Simulation of what happened aboard Milagro
Simulation of what happened aboard Milagro

Transport Malta has published an investigation report in response to an incident that took place aboard Milagro on 26 September 2022. Whilst Milagro was drifting outside the Republic of Korea’s territorial waters, the fitter was assigned to replace a leaking hydraulic pipe on the main deck. An oxy-acetylene torch was used to cut the Ubolts, which secured the pipe to the pipe supports on the deck.

Whilst cutting the last U-bolt, which was close to the forward flange, the pipe slipped off its supports. Oil from the pipe splashed onto the fitter and immediately ignited. Continue reading “Milagro Investigation: Serious burn injuries to a crew member”

Seadogz report – An accident waiting to happen is MAIB finding into fatal RIB crash

Seadogz report published - an accident waiting to happen says the MAIB
Seadogz report published – an accident waiting to happen says the MAIB

The Seadogz report into an accident on the morning of 22 August 2020 when the commercially operated rigid inflatable boat (RIB) crashed into a 4.5m high, 5-ton channel marker in Southampton Water at a speed of 38.4 knots has been published. The RIB’s engine stopped abruptly and two of the passengers were catapulted overboard into the water, where their lifejackets inflated.

All eleven passengers and the skipper were treated in hospital, most for substantial impact injuries. One, a 15-year-old passenger, had sustained severe injuries when she was thrown against the handhold directly in front of the bench seat. She died in hospital that afternoon.

Continue reading “Seadogz report – An accident waiting to happen is MAIB finding into fatal RIB crash”

Safety warning issued by MAIB after serious injury during a rigid inflatable boat ride

On 7 June 2023, a passenger on a sea safari rigid inflatable boat (RIB) suffered a spinal injury that left them paralysed from the waist downwards. Twelve passengers had boarded the RIB and, once it was clear of the jetty, the two crew gave them a safety briefing and instruction on the wearing of lifejackets. The RIB then proceeded out to sea and was increasing speed in choppy sea conditions when it encountered a steep-sided wave. The boat fell off the wave and slammed violently into the trough, dislodging the passenger from a seat at the forward end of the boat. Continue reading “Safety warning issued by MAIB after serious injury during a rigid inflatable boat ride”

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