Rapid course change and cargo misassessment were causes of dredger capsizing

A rapid change of course and a misassessment of the make-up of the dredger’s cargo, was the reason for the sudden capsizing of dredger Sirius Høj (IMO 7032375) outside Bogense, Denmark, on March 10th 2018, according to a marine accident report from Danish Accident Investigation Board (Den Maritime Havarikommission – DMAIB). The dredger was working…

Japan Club report on P&I condition surveys 2018

Japan Club has issued its report on the condition surveys conducted in 2018 policy year. The condition surveys are conducted by independent surveyors for both vessels presented for entry and already-entered vessels that have reached a certain age. The objective is to encourage to maintain the standard of vessel’s management and seaworthiness above a certain…

What happens when you issue multiple sets of bills of lading?

Swedish Club has warned members that, to minimize the risk of conflicting claims of title for the cargo, it was crucial to have just one set of original bills of lading. It noted that problems had occurred where Charterers who were also the cargo owners issued their bills of lading, sometimes unrecognized by the shipowners….

Practical issues in the pursuit and defence of cargo claims

Pamela Dunning, Associate at Birketts LLP, has written on the UK Club web site on the new rules on disclosure recently introduced in the English Commercial Court. Practice Direction PD51U – Disclosure pilot for the Business & Property Courts – of the Civil Procedure Rules came into effect on January 1st 2019. It is currently…

Long-haul live exports should stop completely, says animal welfare academic

Long-haul live animal exports are too high a risk and should be stopped completely, according to Donald Broom, the first Professor in Animal Welfare globally. Speaking at the Australian Veterinary Association annual conference in Perth, Australia, the Cambridge University Emeritus Professor of Animal Welfare said in a keynote speech that his position was based on…

Marine accident round-up : 24th May 2019

US-based Cal Maritime’s training ship Golden Bear (IMO 8834407) sustained minor damage after one of its masts hit a shoreside gantry crane as it arrived in Barbados on Tuesday May 21st as part of its 2019 cruise. The allision caused the training ship’s main mast to collapse. The school said that the ship was under…

Marine accident round up : 23rd May 2019

Crude oil tanker Saiq (IMO 9406166) was detained by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency on May 20th at 09:00 local time after what was described as unauthorized anchoring since May 16th in the country’s territorial waters about 10nm south of Pulau Jarak. The ship had 25 crew members on board from Pakistan, India, Russia, Oman…

Tugboat captain and pilot at fault in Sunshine Bridge crash, say company officials

Marquette Transportation’s president and other company officials have placed the blame for the Sunshine Bridge crash on the tugboat captain and pilot, asserting that they failed to follow the company’s internal safety and voyage planning policies. A crane barge towed by 1978-built, 146 gt, USA-flagged inland supply vessel Kristin Alexis (IMO 8635784) allided with the…

Evridiki owner, operator, chief engineer, charged over pollution infractions

A US jury has charged Evridiki Navigation Inc, Liquimar Tankers Management Services Inc and tanker Evridiki (IMO 9318137) Chief Engineer Nikolaos Vastardis with failing to keep accurate pollution control records, falsifying records, and obstruction of justice. The US Department of Justice announced on May 16th that a federal grand jury in Wilmington, Delaware had returned…

Engine failures caused by assembly errors, says MAIB

Two engine failures during Solent ferry sailings of the Wight Sky (IMO 9446984) were caused by assembly errors, the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has found. MAIB stated that errors were made by Swedish engine manufacturer Volvo Penta and a UK Volvo dealer. The two incidents were part of an ongoing MAIB inquiry. RoRo ferry…