Lessons Learnt: Bunker Spill
At the time of the incident the subject vessel was alongside loading bulk cargo. At the same time heavy fuel oil was being loaded from a bunker barge. Weather conditions were good but it was very cold (-20 C°) and there was thick ice and snow on deck.
The main engine lube oil cooler was found to be leaking at the sea water outlet flange and collected water showed signs of oil contamination.
During transfer operations, the cargo hose ruptured near the receiving vessel's manifold, causing oil to spray on deck and overboard.
Lessons Learnt: Fall from generator platform
The duty engineer and oiler were assigned the job of replacing a damaged diesel generator exhaust gas thermometer requiring a section of the exhaust manifold to be dismantled. While doing this, he leant backwards to avoid dust blowing into his face with the result that he lost his balance and fell from the platform on to the deck more than two metres below.
The vessel loaded an assortment of cargo consisting mainly of trucks, wheeled and tracked excavators, containers and other general cargo.
Tank cleaning operations should always be carried out in strict compliance with documented shipboard procedures and guidelines.