UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch Releases 2014 Annual Report

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has issued its annual casualty and incident report, providing information on what kept the branch busy during 2014. The report notes that in 2014, 1,270 accidents (casualties and incidents) were reported to MAIB involving 1,470 vessels. Of those, 33 accident involved only non-commercial vessels, 424 were occupational … [Read more...]

NTSB Report: 2013 Allision and Sinking of the OSV ‘Celeste Ann’ in Gulf of Mexico

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has released its Marine Accident Brief into the causes of the June 2013 sinking of the offshore supply vessel Celeste Ann after it struck an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the NTSB, the OSV Celeste Ann was receiving passengers from West Delta oil platform 73 about 20 nautical miles south of Grand Isle, … [Read more...]

Rena Grounding Final Report Reveals Errors, Lack of Oversight

A final report into causes and circumstances of the 2011 grounding of the MV Rena containership on New Zealand's Astrolabe Reef has found that it was the failure of the master and crew to follow proper voyage planning, navigation and watchkeeping practices and the ship manager's insufficient oversight of vessel's safety management system that led to the grounding and … [Read more...]

Pilot Unfamiliarity Caused Fatal 2013 ‘Megan McB’ Sinking on Mississippi -NTSB

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has released a Marine Accident Brief into the fatal 2013 sinking of the MV Megan McB towing vessel on the Mississippi River. On July 3, 2013, at 0558 local time, the uninspected towing vessel Megan McB lost engine throttle control while the crew was trying to maneuver the vessel into the main lock of Lock and Dam 7 on the … [Read more...]

ECDIS Incompetence Led to Chemical Tanker Grounding -MAIB Incident Report

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch has released its report from an investigation into the September 2013 grounding of the chemical tanker Ovit in the Dover Strait. Early on September 18, 2013, the Malta registered tanker Ovit ran aground on the Varne Bank in the Dover Strait while carrying a cargo of vegetable oil. The vessel remained aground for just under 3 hours, … [Read more...]