Topic: Accident prevention

Ships wedged together after collision

A muted alarm went unnoticed resulting in a ro-ro vessel colliding with an anchored container ship. Neither the officer of the watch nor the bridge personnel on the container ship saw the accident coming. The...Read more
|Comment|author: Mariska Buitendijk

Quick action helps avoid vessel grounding

Quick and effective action in an urgent situation is often possible when the crew are thoroughly familiar with their ship. This was the lesson learned from a recent Mars Report in which a crew managed...Read more
|Comment|author: Mariska Buitendijk

Near miss as pilot rope ladder fails

Pilot ladders need to be safe and thus in good condition. A recent Mars report describes a near miss when one of the ladder’s side ropes failed as a result of mould. The Mars reports are...Read more
|Comment|author: Mariska Buitendijk
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Stairs slip-up injures crew member

Stairs onboard ships can present a danger to crew, especially in wet conditions. In a recent Mars Report, a crew member was injured rushing down the stairs. The Mars Reports are compiled (anonymously) by The Nautical...Read more
|Comment|author: Mariska Buitendijk

Unacceptable Practices Lead to Grounding

Performing other tasks than navigation during the watch, fatigue and alcohol all contributed to a car carrier grounding. To top it off, the Bridge Navigation Watch Alarm System was not functioning. The result: a total...Read more
|Comment|author: Mariska Buitendijk