MAIB: LNG tanker’s mooring lines were “not fit for purpose”

JUNE 15, 2017 – Five year old mooring lines on the 2010-built LNG tanker Zarga were “not fit for purpose,” says the U.K. Marine Accident Investigaton Branch in its report on a

Tried to fix fuel leak alone, died in engine room fire

SEPTEMBER 1, 2016 — The U.K.’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has issued a report on its investigation into an August 18, 2015, fire in the engine room of the suction dredge

MAIB: Cemfjord capsize could have been avoided

APRIL 21, 2016 — The U.K. Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) recently issued a report on its investigation of the January 2015 capsize and sinking of the Cyprus-flagged cement carrier Cemfjord in

Drank rum, lost situational awareness, ship grounded

It comes from the U.K. Marine Accident Investigation Branch and concerns the grounding of a vessel in which, according to the full report, “the inventory of the vessel’s bonded store records that it was regularly replenished with spirits, wine and beer, and evidence of significant alcohol consumption by the crew should have alerted the owner to the likelihood that its alcohol policy was not being observed.”

The full report also notes that “during the evening, while off duty in his cabin, the chief officer made a private telephone call which caused him anxiety, after which he consumed about 0.5 liter of rum.”

Here’s the summary:

On February 18, 2015, while on passage from Belfast to Skogn, Norway the general cargo vessel Lysblink Seaways [owned by DFDS] ran aground at full speed, near Kilchoan, Ardnamurchan peninsula, West Scotland.

The vessel remained on the rocky foreshore for almost two days during adverse weather. This resulted in material damage to its hull and the double bottom was breached, including some fuel tanks, resulting in 25 tonnes of marine gas oil entering the water. After the salvage the vessel was declared a constructive total loss and scrapped

The MAIB investigation found that [the chief officer, who was] the officer of the watch (OOW) – who was the sole watchkeeper – had become inattentive due to the effects of alcohol consumption. The bridge navigational watch alarm system (BNWAS) had not been switched on and an off-track alarm on the Electronic Chart System (ECS) had been silenced. Although a radar watch alarm had sounded every six minutes, the OOW was able to reset the alarm without leaving his chair.

Safety Issues

Download the full report HERE

MAIB: Alcohol a factor in two deaths involving same workboat

JULY 29, 2015 — The U.K. Marine Accident Investigation Branch says that alcohol was a factor in two separate fatalities, involving the same workboat, within less than five months On August 13,

MAIB: Master tried to cover up grounding

ULY 15, 2015 — The U.K. Marine Accident Investigation Branch has published a report on a November 30, 2014 incident involving the grounding of the 6,190 gt U.K. flag general cargo vessel

Over-reliance on AIS a factor in Dover Strait collision

OCTOBER 23, 2014 — A collision between a multi-purpose cargo ship an unmanned crane barge under tow in the Dover Strait happened in part because the officer alone on the bridge of