An incident where a vessel made heavy contact with the outer lock gate.
The vessel was berthed alongside a quay, waiting to proceed through a lock to another berth. The pilot came through on the radio and informed the Master that he was in a hurry and asked if it was possible to depart in half an hour, which the Master agreed to. Predeparture checks were completed by the OOW, the radar was tuned and the ECDIS was set up for departure.
As the vessel had only been alongside for twelve hours the OOW did not check the controllable pitch propeller
(CPP). He felt stressed about the speed of departure and so assumed everything would be in order. According to the company’s SMS, the CPP should always be tested before departure.
The Workplace Safety and Health Council of Singapore (WSH) reported an incident about two workers passing out and dying in a dredger’s ballast tank.
As IMCA reports, a supervisor entered a dredging vessel’s ballast tank, which is a confined space, for an inspection. The supervisor entered the tank without any appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and did not check if the confined space was safe. Shortly after entering, he collapsed and passed out.
An oil tanker was attacked off the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea, on July 29.
Namely, the attack on the tanker “Mercer Street”, took place approximately 159 km from the Port of Duqm.
The commercial operator of the ship, Zodiac Maritime, issued a statement on the incident, informing that there had been a suspected piracy incident and that the ship was Japanese-owned.
At the time of the incident, the vessel was in the northern Indian Ocean, traveling from Dar es Salaam to Fujairah with no cargo onboard.
Furthermore, the investigations are ongoing, while it does not believe the incident is piracy-related.
The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) has issued a warning on 3 August 2021 that a ship may have been hijacked off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
UKMTO initially reported a “non-piracy” incident on the unidentified ship before updating its description to a “potential hijack” which occurred off the UAE coast, approximately 60 nautical miles from Fujairah.