Pasha Bulker beaching: A mix of poor SMS, fatigue and bad weather

Pasha Bulker beaching: A mix of poor SMS, fatigue and bad weather
It is almost 12 years since the Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier ‘Pasha Bulker’ came out at the Nobbys Beach of New South Wales offering an unusual spectacle for local people. The incident is an interesting case study resulting from a multi-faced situation of inadequate communication, inefficient SMS, poor judgement due to fatigue and the objective cause of extreme weather conditions.

Accident details: At a glance

  • Type of accident: Grounding
  • Vessel(s) involved: Pasha Bulker (bulk carrier)
  • Date: 8...

Collisions the most common marine incidents, Japan reports

marine incidents japan
Japan Transport Safety Board informed that it launched 922 investigations in 2017. The majority of these cases included collisions, while 1,199 vessels were involved in the accidents, most of which were fishing vessels and pleasure boats.

Of the 922 investigations launched in 2017, the type of accidents and incidents included:

  • 216 cases of collision;
  • 182 cases of grounding;
  • 138 cases of fatality/injury (not involved in other types of accidents);
  • 104 cases of contact.


Miscommunication leads to bulk carrier grounding

Miscommunication leads to bulk carrier grounding
The German Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation published its report on the Panama-registered bulk carrier Glory Amsterdam, which ran aground about 1.6 nm north of the German North Sea island of Langeoog.

The incident

The ship was sailing in ballast and in spite of two anchors being dropped drifting in a southerly direction from her anchor position, which was 18.5 nm from the subsequent scene of the accident, in hurricane force winds since early in the morning on the day of the accident....

Solomon Trader could be refloated soon

The bulk carrier Solomon Trader is possible to be refloated and towed from the reef at Lavagu Bay, West Rennell, Solomon Islands. The operation could take place within a couple of weeks, according to the National Disaster Council (NDC).

The Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier ‘Solomon Trader’ was loading bauxite when it ran aground due to unexpected gale at Kangava Bay, Rennell Island, on 4 February, causing an environmental disaster.



More than 70 tonnes of oil...

Harvest Caroline: A case study on improper safety management

Harvest Caroline: A case study on improper safety management
Implementing a proper safety management is a key condition for complying with the ISM Code, the sacred guide of shipping safety globally. Several maritime casualties have been attributed to ISM-associated issues. SAFETY4SEA chose to focus today on the grounding of the general cargo ship ‘Harvest Caroline’ which constitutes an interesting case study of how inconsistent implementation of ISM can lead to unpleasant situations.

Accident details: At a glance

  • Type of accident: Dragging anchor and...

USCG responds to fire-stricken fishing boat that grounded off Oregon

Members of the Unified Command responding to the Ann Kathleen incident continue containment and cleanup operations on the coast near Bandon, this week. After the initial fire and beaching of the 64-foot commercial fishing vessel on May 2, partner agencies have removed 1080 gallons of diesel fuel from the vessel.

As the fishing boat caught fire at sea off the Oregon coast south of Bandon, the US Coast Guard rescued the crew members who were forced to abandon the vessel.

No one was injured, but...

MT AQUALOYALTY at Pascagoula, Incident Update


A news release from Unisea Shipping, managers of the MT AQUALOYALTY:


Managed Aframax Tanker, Incident Update

Athens, April 24, 2019 – Our managed Aframax tanker, AQUALOYALTY, has successfully completed her discharge operations without any problems in Pascagoula.

The vessel unexpectedly lost power on Sunday while approaching the terminal and softly touched bottom. Appropriate action was taken to restore power to the vessel. After the tanker was refloated it proceeded to the discharge berth.

There were no injuries to the crew, no damage to the vessel and no pollution to the environment.

The cause of the unexpected loss of power has been identified and dealt with.

“We are pleased that the vessel reached her berth without further problems and that discharge of the cargo has been completed” said Jesse Lewis, the company’s media consultant.

“Unisea would like to thank the US Coast Guard Sector at Mobile as well as others who assisted us resolving this incident.”

“The US Coast Guard’s professional assistance contributed to the resolution of this incident in a timely and smooth manner,” Lewis said.

The Captain of the managed tanker is 44 years old, and has been at sea for 16 years as a watch-keeping Officer, 10 of them in command on ocean-going tankers and 7 years sailing with the Company.


Author: Maritime Network

Tanker runs aground off Petit Bois Island

An oil tanker ran aground near Petit Bois Island, a barrier island off the coast of Pascagoula, on April 21. The vessel was reportedly carrying 21 million gallons of Colombian crude oil, but according to sources it was successfully refloated on April 22.

According to local media, the ship ran aground just minutes before arriving at the Port of Pascagoula.

More specifically, USCG officials informed that the ship had not grounded on the island, but on the Number 12 Horn Island buoy, which is...

Lessons Learned: Bridge should not be left unattended

In its newly published Safety Digest, UK MAIB focuses on an incident of a small general cargo that was grounded when its bridge was left unattended. The grounding woke the crew. A survey at the discharge port revealed that the vessel had extensive damage and it was removed from service for several months.

The Incident

A small general cargo vessel grounded when its bridge was left unattended. With its BNWAS system switched off there was no way to alert anyone on board that anything was amiss.


Tanker runs aground in Greek waters

A small tanker ran aground in the morning hours of Saturday, in a rocky shallow, while underway at the Aegean Sea, near the port of Gavrio, Andros Island, Greece,  according to information provided by the Hellenic Coast Guard.

The 1,000 dwt ‘Agios Georgios I’ had sailed from Andros to the port of Skyros, with eight national crew members and two national passengers, loaded with 455.46 cubic meters of gasoline and 428.29 cubic meters of diesel oil.

There were no reports of injury or marine...