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.
As they were letting go the lines on the upper deck, they heard a noise at the port side break of the accommodation. On going there, they found an injured crew member lying on the deck.
The vessel was moored port side to the berth. A few minutes later the vessel’s rate of turn slowed and the bridge team realised that the vessel had moved further south than desired, very close to shallow water.
The crew member fell back towards the deck about one metre below, and instinctively tried to catch himself on the grating. As he did so, his left-hand ring finger was trapped between the gratings.
The port side rudder of an LPG carrier makes contact with the bottom during the pivoting manoeuvre, causing the rudder stock to turn within the steering gear actuator by almost 25 degrees from its midship position.
Unsafe practices lead to grounding of a car carrier with 1,633 cars and various heavy equipment loaded. All 24 crew successfully evacuated from the ship.
On a general cargo ship at anchor, the crew cleaned hold using the ship’s mobile scaffolding tower to access areas around the top of the hold and under the main deck. As they reached the top platform, the entire tower fell towards the after bulkhead.
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The ship was at anchor, crew members were painting in holds. Five sections of scaffolding were used to allow access to an area of the bulkhead up to about 9 metres above the tank top. Crucially, and in contrast with the morning’s activity, neither of the two crew aloft wore safety harnesses or used the safety lines.