On 30 October 2017, the UK registered container ship Ever Smart suffered a container stow collapse while on passage between Taipei, Taiwan, and Los Angeles, USA.
A tanker was at anchor. The on-signing crew boarded via the combination pilot ladder and gangway. As the fifth crew was boarding, he stepped from the pilot ladder onto the lower platform of the accommodation ladder but then slipped and fell into the water.
A tanker in ballast dropped anchor and six shackles of chain in the early evening to await a berth for loading. Once at the anchor station, the personnel realized that the vessel was not dragging anchor, but that the anchor had been lost.
While at sea, deck crew were sweeping the empty hold of a vessel. The bilge well covers had been left open and were without barriers or guards.
While at berth, a water leak was suspected in the boiler/economiser so it was shut down for inspection. They identified a leaky boiler tube and plugged it from the bottom. Hot water, steam and smoke poured out from the boiler water drum and covered the fitter.
A tanker had finished a discharging operation and crew were carrying out pre-departure checks and preparations while awaiting the pilot.
A bulk carrier was in port. Following recommendations from a surveyor, the holds were to be painted to render them acceptable for grain transport.
The pilot arrived on the bridge and asked for ‘full ahead’. As the ship passed through the port entrance at seven knots the pilot ordered ‘slow ahead’ and a berthing tug was made fast forward.
A small coastal trader was underway in darkness and calm seas at a speed of almost 8kt. There was a change of officers on the bridge. At the time, the vessel was on autopilot ‘track mode’ steering.