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PostHeaderIcon ... The Stella Mare accident


The Stella Mare accident took place in the Port of Albany, on December 9th, 2003. The result was 3 men dead (let them rest in peace), environmental & operational impact on the port of Albany, and lastly substantial financial loss.  Here is a Google map bird's eye view of the accident's site.

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There is several sources on what went on prior to the uncontrolled roll-over of the vessel while loading a heavy stator . One heavy generator had already been loaded into the same hold and welded to the deck (it came loose during the roll-over). But one quote that caught my eye was this one (from the Professional Mariner web site):


To lift the stator, the ship's ballast tanks were used to create a 2º list to starboard, according to investigators. The cables from the ship's two derricks were hooked to the stator sitting on a rail car alongside the ship. Winches then pulled the slack out of the cables. Ballast was next shifted from the ship's starboard tanks to the port tanks to level the ship, thereby lifting the stator just high enough off the rail car to allow it to be swung over the ship by its two derricks operating in unison.

Last Updated (Sunday, 11 July 2010 17:44)

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PostHeaderIcon ... The case of a lifeboat davit


This is a case of a lifeboat davit mismanagement, a case of erroneous engineering, a case of a lacking foresight, a case for a need to improve on type-approval process . This was NOT an isolated incident, not with this company, not with davit manufacturer, not with similar arrangements from other manufacturers. It gets worse, there has been no significant developments (to my knowledge) that effectively fixed the cause. In my view, it is a failure on the part of industry's governing bodies, that allow such design to reach the end user - the seafarer.



What happened?

Last Updated (Monday, 04 April 2011 02:12)

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PostHeaderIcon ... A broken ship off Karachi


Here is a few images of a broken tanker off the entrance channel to port of Karachi in Pakistan. This was a case of incompetence and total lack of common sense. The vessel ran aground in a loaded condition (pilot did not make the turn, which by the way was not that sharp) and an attempt was made to pull the ship off without ANY lightering. Results are obvious. These photographs were taken about 7 months after the accident, and as you can see, not much progress was being made. There was some 100,000 barrels of crude oil spilled. Master and Chief Mate still in a Pakistani jail at that time (according to a local pilot).



Last Updated (Wednesday, 14 October 2009 09:12)

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