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Collision report blames errors

Collision report blames errors
The chemical/product tanker, ?Vallermosa?, loaded with a full cargo of 35,000 tonnes of jet fuel made contact with two tankers, which were discharging alongside at Fawley.

The chemical/product tanker, "Vallermosa", loaded with a full cargo of 35,000 tonnes of jet fuel made contact with two tankers, which were discharging alongside at Fawley.

Several recommendations were made to those parties involved in a tanker collision at Fawley refinery earlier this year, following a UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) report into the incident.

On 25th February this year, the chemical/product tanker, "Vallermosa", loaded with a full cargo of 35,000 tonnes of jet fuel and bound for BP"s Hamble Terminal in Southampton Water, made contact with two tankers, which were discharging alongside at Fawley.

The accident caused structural damage to all three vessels, minor damage to the jetty and minor pollution.

Following an investigation, MAIB said that it had identified inter alia the following factors, which contributed to the accident:

? "Vallermosa"s approach was unnecessarily aborted for administrative reasons.

? The pilot"s effectiveness was reduced due to his heightened workload frustration and increasing stress.

? The master and bridge team were not monitoring the pilot"s actions sufficiently, despite their obligation to ensure the vessel"s safety.

As a result of the accident, action was taken by BP Oil UK to ensure berthing operations were not aborted for administrative reasons and port authority ABP Southampton has amended its procedures to prevent the late aborting of tankers calling at oil terminals, regardless of their size.

The tanker"s manager Navigazione Montanari has also taken action to improve and monitor, the performance of its bridge teams.

Recommendations have been made to the UK Major Ports Group, British Ports Association and the UK Marine Pilots Association, to jointly define their expectations of bridge team and pilot performance.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has been recommended to provide the shipping industry with more detailed information on the expected levels of support which should be provided by bridge teams when a pilot is embarked.

The International Association of Marine Institutions has been recommended to ensure that its members" bridge resource management training includes the integration of pilots into bridge teams.

www.TurkishMaritime.com.tr

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