Vessel Goes Adrift and Hits Pier after Bollard Fails

May 20, 2019
Vessel Goes Adrift and Hits Pier after Bollard Fails

Panama-flagged container ship Helsinki Bridge secured five of its head lines on one mooring bollard in the port of Boston. The bollard consequently failed, after which the vessel went adrift and hit a cruise terminal pier.

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Ship's Crew Member Hit by Falling Object

April 25, 2019
Ship's Crew Member Hit by Falling Object

When a ship's crew was lifting a bucket of grease meant to grease the crane hoist wire, the heaving line parted causing the bucket to fall and hit the head of one of the crew members.

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Pressure Washer Injures Two Crew

April 24, 2019
Pressure Washer Injures Two Crew

Pressurised water is a force to be reckoned with. A sudden leak in a high-pressure water hose caused minor injuries with a deck crew carrying out scaling operations.

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Vessel's Chief Officer Dies from Internal Bleeding

April 23, 2019
Vessel's Chief Officer Dies from Internal Bleeding

After being struck by a swinging gangway, a vessel's chief officer suffered internal bleeding. Yet, he did not take the injury seriously, leading to his death three days later.

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Enclosed Space Claims Another Victim

April 19, 2019
Enclosed Space Claims Another Victim

A fishing vessel's second engineer lost his life after entering a refrigerated salt water (RSW) tank alone without testing the tank atmosphere. Two of his crewmates were also injured in trying to rescue him.

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Mars Report: Shocking End to a Crewman’s Contract

April 18, 2019
Mars Report: Shocking End to a Crewman’s Contract

Working with a ship's electric power is always a dangerous undertaking. This crew member failed to double-check the tools he was working with and did not wear insulated gloves.

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Mars Report: Electrical Mismatch Causes Grounding

April 17, 2019
Mars Report: Electrical Mismatch Causes Grounding

Losing electric power can quickly make a crew lose control of their vessel. In this case, failing to follow the manufacturer's bow thruster settings contributed to losing power and subsequently grounding.

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Mars Report: Hydrodynamic Interaction Close-call

April 16, 2019
Mars Report: Hydrodynamic Interaction Close-call

Leaving from and mooring into a berth can cause hydrodynamic interactions. All the more reason to make one's intentions clear and to maintain good situational awareness.

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Mars Report: Jury-rigged Extension Cord Proves Fatal

April 15, 2019
Mars Report: Jury-rigged Extension Cord Proves Fatal

(Mars 201915) Electrical chords should never be improvised, repaired or otherwise jury-rigged. In this incident, a crew member lost his life after coming into contact with a live wire.

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Emergency Slowdown Override to the Rescue

April 2, 2019
Emergency Slowdown Override to the Rescue

(Mars 201914) The vessel was inbound and the master/pilot exchange had just been completed. Suddenly, the auto emergency slowdown alarm for the main engine sounded and the RPMs began dropping.

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