Britannia highlights lessons from Singapore collision case

Malcolm Latarche

Malcolm Latarche · 30 August 2019

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Britannia P&I Club has just published the latest edition of Risk Watch on its website. This popular publication provides case studies and articles on a variety of topical issues for shore-based maritime personnel.

As well as recent Club news and an introduction to the team working in Britannia’s Hong Kong branch and hub, the current edition marks the releases of the latest in the loss prevention department’s series of BSAFE posters, this time focusing on the recurring issue of enclosed spaces.

Also included is an interesting review of a collision last year between a container ship and a fishing vessel off the coast of China, written by Graham Wilson, Associate Director in the loss prevention department. The report of the casualty investigation has recently been published by the Singapore Transport Safety Investigation Bureau, and the article provides a useful analysis of the report’s main findings.

The collision took place at night and in dense fog and the fishing vessel was one of many in the area at the time. As a result of the collision, the fishing vessel sank resulting in the death of one of it’s crew, with a further crew member reported missing. There are several important lessons to be learned from this collision, summarised at the end of the article. These include various failings in the lead-up to the collision, such as non-compliance with the COLREGs, and issues relating to the container ship’s bridge manning and passage plan given the prevailing conditions. Disappointingly, the investigation also identified that the container ship’s bridge team failed to render assistance to the fishing vessel after the collision.

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