(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation on the collision between the container ship Ever Smart and the tanker Alexandra 1 on 11 February 2015 in Jebel Ali, UAE.
A harbor pilot was transferring from the outbound container ship to the inbound tanker when the ships collided at the entrance to the portâs approach channel.Â Neither vessel was properly monitoring the otherâs position and movements.
The collision resulted from several factors. In particular, a passing arrangement was notÂ agreed or promulgated and the actions of both masters were based on assumptions.
Alexandra 1 was unnecessarily close to the channel entrance and the tankerâs masterÂ acted on scanty VHF radio information.
In addition, Ever Smartâs bridge team did not keepÂ a proper lookout or monitor the tankerâs movement. They only realised that Alexandra 1Â was close ahead seconds before the collision when alerted by the port control.
The accident occurred within Jebel Aliâs port limits. The precautions of pilotage andÂ the portâs vessel traffic service, which would normally co-ordinate and de-conflict theÂ movements of vessels in the port area, were ineffective on this occasion.
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