EMSA Annual Overview of Marine Casualties and Incidents 2016

European Maritime safety Agency has issued the Annual Overview of Marine Casualties and Incidents. It consists in a high-level analysis of accidents reported by the EU Member States in European Marine Casualty Information Platform (EMCIP). During 2015 there were 115 reported fatalities, 976 persons injured, 36 ships lost and 125 investigations launched. With 3296 marine casualties…

Australia Investigation Report: MV Maersk Garonne grounding 28 February 2015

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation of the grounding of the container ship Maersk Garonne in Fremantle on 28 February 2015. The harbour pilot decided to delay the ship’s entrance into the harbour when he realised that the assist tugs had yet to arrive. The ship’s bridge resource management was not effectively implemented and…

Flashback in history: Le Joola, Senegalese ferry capsized off the coast of Gambia with death toll of nearly 2000, 26 Sept. 2002

This Senegalese government-owned ferry capsized off the coast of The Gambia on September 26, 2002, resulting in the deaths of at least 1,863 people. The sinking of the ferry Le Joola is thought to be the second-worst non-military maritime disaster in number of lives lost, after the Doña Paz. The ferry was reportedly loaded to…