In early 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic forced many cruise ship companies into an operational pause, resulting in many cruise ships anchoring in various locations for long periods of time.
A bulk carrier in ballast was making way at 7 knots in a traffic separation scheme (TSS). The pilot ladder was being prepared on the port (lee) side by the Chief Officer along with the bosun and three other crew.
Lack of proper communication on board ships is one of the main reasons for accidents at sea. Chief officer Abhishek Bhanawat describes two real life incidents wherein lack of communication leads to unfavourable circumstances for the ship and its crew.
A general cargo ship loaded with grain was in a river waterway. Master initiated a reversing manoeuvre according to the pilot’s instruction, but the reverse order did not work. With reverse power still, at full, the ship came back into the channel relatively quickly.
A factory trawler was underway and being made ready for fishing. The crew had finished cleaning the factory and were preparing the silage tanks for cleaning.
After descending part of the way the fisherman shouted to his colleague on deck that there was a lot of silage.
The incorrect installation of a single set screw led to the loss of propulsion control on the Canadian-flagged, 736-foot-long Atlantic Huron, causing the ship to strike a pier at 6.8 knots, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.
NTSB found that the erratic steering of a supply vessel led to a 2019 collision resulting in more than 6,000 gallons of diesel oil being dumped into the Sabine Pass, a busy waterway between Texas and Louisiana.
A small multi-functional cargo vessel was at anchor and crew were preparing the holds for the next cargo. One of the men told his colleagues he would look for additional stacking cones. Suddenly, two other crew members nearby heard loud screaming coming from hold 1.
A vessel underway started its incinerator to incinerate oily rags and sludge. About five hours later, after the job was completed, the incinerator was stopped. By 1900 hrs, five hours after the incinerator had been turned off.
An engine room crew member was in the vessel’s workshop when he spotted an unsafe condition. He attempted to rearrange the misplaced pipe, but as he was doing so, another pipe stowed above slipped.