With berthing almost complete, control of the ship’s controllable-pitch propeller (CPP) was transferred from the bridge to the engine room. Unknown to anyone, the engine room pitch lever was not aligned with the bridge lever. Find out what happened next inside the article.
Accidents Caused during Berthing
An inexperienced master and an apparently impatient pilot lead to a near miss accident while berthing a ship. Find out more about the accident inside the article.
A small feeder ship with controllable pitch power (CP) was brought out of a restricted port in order to shift berth from port to starboard side. However, in the process the vessel grounded, followed by heavy contact with the south jetty on the opposite side of the river. Read more about the incident inside the article.
On completing discharge, a tanker was ordered by the port to vacate the berth and tie up at a waiting berth, about 8 miles upriver. The assigned berth was identified with some difficulty on the chart and was seen to be on a sharp bend in the river.