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Over the years, MAIB has seen many incidents where seafarers have been struck by mooring lines, unfortunately in some cases resulting in serious injury or death.

The incidents continue to occur despite well published guidance on the subject. Even though there have been many advances in technology and automation in the shipping industry, mooring decks remain a place where people need to work in proximity to heavy lines under tension and interaction is unavoidable.

Equipment

Making sure the right equipment is used and then maintained in good condition is essential to keeping safe on mooring decks. Mooring lines need to be regularly inspected to make sure that wear and tear has not degraded the line, there are no hard spots on synthetic lines and no signs of contamination by oils and greases.

The lead of each mooring line needs to be considered carefully to avoid placing additional stress on the lines or introducing chafe points. Inappropriate or poorly maintained equipment has previously contributed to incidents where lines have parted or released under tension and struck crew members, therefore meticulously checking equipment for anything untoward is critical for the safety of the crew.

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Bulk carrier Philipp Oldendorff drifted onto the anchored bulk carrier SSI Providence at Ahirkapi Anchorage, Istanbul, on August 5.

SSI Providence was receiving supplies at the time of the accident, while a supply boat that was between the two ships was nearly crashed, but it escaped.

The bulker Philipp Oldendorff arrived from Kerch Strait Russia, and is understood to be in in load. SSI Providence arrived from Haifa, and is heading for Burgas Bulgaria.

Until the next day both ships remained in the same position, anchored.

The extent of the damages is unknown, while the cause of Philipp Oldendorff’s drifting is being investigated.

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A massive fire broke out at a tank at the Matanzas petroleum complex, Cuba, on August 5, killing at least one person and leaving 17 missing.

The fire broke out when lightning hit a tank at the Matanzas Supertanker Base, a fuel import terminal some 50 miles to the east of Havana. Firefighting teams rushed to the scene and began the firefighting effort.

However, the fire spread to a nearby tank the next day, causing an explosion. 17 firefighters who were in the area at the time of the incident are missing, while and 121 are injured. One unidentified body has also been located.

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Four incidents of armed robbery against ships in Asia were reported.

Of these, one CAT 31 and three CAT 42 incidents. The CAT 3 incident occurred to a bulk carrier while sailing towards Jakarta “C” Anchorage, Indonesia; and all three CAT 4 incidents occurred in the Singapore Strait (SS).

Engine spare parts and scrap metals were stolen from the three incidents in the SS. Nothing was stolen in the other incident. The crew members were safe in all four incidents.

With these three incidents in the SS, a total of 36 incidents were reported in the strait since January 2022.

The ship master and crew to report all incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships to the nearest coastal State and flag State, exercise vigilance and adopt relevant preventive measures taking reference from the Regional Guide 2 to Counter Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia