A bulk carrier was discharging cargo alongside a mineral terminal. In order to re-position the vessel, the terminal requested the vessel’s master to shift ship approximately 100 metres astern. At the required time, the crew were ordered to their mooring stations and the main engine placed on stand-by ready for use.
This is one of a number of accidents notified to the Club relating to the explosive failure of glass fittings, pressure gauge glasses, manometers and light bulbs resulting in serious injuries to crew.
Vessel Type: Bulk carrier Incident description During a third party survey, the surveyor made a request to test the emergency fire pump, which was arranged with the assistance of the chief...
Vessel Type: Bulk CarrierIncident descriptionWhilst the vessel was alongside, the wind increased to BF 8 resulting in the suspension of cargo discharge operations. The vessel’s master was...
Vessel Type: ContainerIncident descriptionWhen conducting rounds of the engine room, the duty engineer noticed an accumulation of fluid on the boiler flat deck apparently caused by leakage...
Vessel Type: Bulk Carrier Incident descriptionThe vessel was discharging water sensitive cargo at night when it began to rain. Cargo discharge was stopped and the crew were instructed by...
In preparation for arrival in port to load cargo, the crew rigged the pilot ladder combination on the port side in accordance with the pilot’s instructions. The tanker’s master manoeuvred the vessel to create a lee for the pilot launch and the pilot transferred from the launch to the rope ladder without incident. Unbeknown to the launch crew, a tripping line attached near to the bottom rung of the ladder fouled a cleat on the near side of the launch and as the craft manoeuvred away, the ladder was stretched and pulled from the ship’s side.
The crew were instructed to clean the vessel’s cargo holds in preparation for the next cargo. The vessel was underway with sea conditions recorded as slight with no ship movement. In order to gain better access to the upper areas of the hold, the crew arranged to position the high pressure washing equipment on top of portable staging erected on the tank top.
As discharge of a cargo of coal progressed, the level in one of the cargo holds had lowered to the point where stevedores needed to enter for cargo trimming operations using bulldozers.
This fully laden bulk carrier was on passage in the Mediterranean Sea during winter. Whilst the seamen were handling the hose on the starboard side, a wave was shipped onto the main deck, sweeping them heavily against the adjacent cargo hold hatch coamings. Both sustained multiple injuries requiring the vessel to deviate to land the seamen ashore for urgent hospital treatment.
The vessel was scheduled to call at two West African ports for cargo operations. At the first port of call, all operations took place without any untoward incident. However, shortly after berthing alongside at the second port of call as preparations were underway to commence cargo discharge, the crew found two stowaways who had been hiding inside the deck crane pedestals.
Whilst the vessel was at anchor waiting to berth, one of the engine room fitters was instructed by the Chief Engineer to fabricate a set of locking pins for the anchor cable stoppers. It was planned that the work would take place in the engine room workshop and involve the use of an angle grinder for which the fitter had the choice of an electrical or pneumatically powered tool.
A shipyard pipe fitter was tasked with disassembling a section of steam piping in the engine room. He was not expected to read the repair specification for the job but instead he was to receive general repair guidance from his foreman, who did have a copy of the repair specification.
Vessel Type: Tanker Incident description: While the 1st engineer was performing his normal daily duties as day work team leader, he instructed the 2nd & 3rd engineers to check a boiler valve gasket that had been reported as leaking.