This accident occurred when a 15,000 dwt vessel was unberthing; she was singled up to one head-line and one back spring on the forecastle. All mooring ropes aft were clear and on board. One tug was fast on the starboard quarter. Acting on instructions from the bridge, both the lines were cast off on the forecastle deck and it was confirmed that they were released from the mooring bitt on the jetty.
While approaching the customary waiting anchorage off a very busy port by night, it was observed that the planned anchoring position was already congested. Accordingly, the master selected an alternative position further to the east.The approach to the new anchorage involved crossing a busy east-west traffic lane on a northerly heading with a strong easterly tidal stream flowing.
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A gas tanker was completing cargo operations at night when another cargo vessel bunkering at a berth upwind suffered a ruptured hose and spilled fuel oil into the harbour. The spreading oil quickly coated the harbour installations and the hull of the unfortunate reporting vessel.
A few years ago, a Surveyor, whose seagoing career had been spent on tankers, was assigned to do an out-turn survey which included sampling the soy bean cargo. No problems were experienced as most of the hatches were open, however, the last hold to be sampled was still closed, possibly due to a small technical fault.
The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) issued a safety notice about reliable operation of ECDIS. It states about one-third of the various type-approved ECDIS for which it has received reports appear to function as expected.Another third display all significant underwater features, but the isolated danger symbol required to be shown under certain conditions is not always used.
In a recent case an entered vessel pressed up its ballast tanks in order to optimise trim and to satisfy mandatory stability criteria. The operation resulted in the unexpected flooding of a cargo hold causing extensive damage to cargo.
The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) has issued a set of data comprising two fictitious Electronic Navigational Chart (ENC) cells and four sets of tests to check for a number of anomalies or unexpected behaviour in systems and to allow operators to see whether their ECDIS software is up to date and conforms to the latest ECDIS standards for displaying chart data. (Seaways January 2012).
An offshore support vessel sailed from her shore base on a routine supply run to her designated oilfield. Her deck was loaded with a variety of tubing, casings, pallets, tool boxes, food containers and one large unpacked wooden cable reel, weighing about 11 tonnes. The reel was stowed with its axis fore-and-aft and was pre-slung with an extralong 12 mm steel wire sling passed through the very narrow central hole, which precluded threading any other securing rope or chain through the coil.
A deck workshop/store on a survey vessel was a compact, stand-alone structure, located abaft the wheelhouse. It was originally designed as a store, but over the years, the crew had also installed a wooden tool board and a work bench against one of the bulkheads.