Limited Data Put Svendborg Maersk in Dire Straits

first_imgzoom The Danish Maritime Accident Investigation Board (DMAIB) has prepared a marine accident report shedding light on the circumstances that led to Svendborg Maersk container ship accident at Biscay Bay, on February 14, 2014.The Danish container ship Svendborg Maersk departed from Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The ship was bound for the Suez Canal, and subsequently the Far East. The master expected to encounter adverse weather conditions on the route. However, the forecast did not give rise to concern.The following day, as the ship had left the English Channel, the weather conditions started deteriorating. In the afternoon, the ship suddenly and without warning rolled to extreme angles and a large number of containers fell over board.In the early evening, the ship again suddenly rolled violently, reaching an extreme angle of roll of 41° to port. Again a large number of containers were lost over board and, now, the master considered the situation to threaten the safety of the ship. The master sounded the general alarm to muster the crew members. Later in the evening he assessed that the weather no longer posed an immediate danger to the ship.The accident happened when Svendborg Maersk, on two separate occasions, encountered extremities in an adverse weather situation in the northern part of the Bay of Biscay. The extremities caused sudden heavy rolling of the ship that led to the loss of 517 cargo containers and dam-age to approximately 250 cargo containers.The report states that a number of factors coincided and caused the incidents and subsequent consequences.An adverse weather situation was forecasted in SPOS and the ship had prepared for this. However, the weather as a combination of dynamic forces and the extremities encountered by Svendborg Maersk was not expected by the master and crew members, according to the report.It was inherently challenging, beforehand, by the means available, to gain a mental overview depicting the exact weather and wave situation the ship encountered during the incidents, including the ship’s motional behaviour, as many variables were involved.The master’s decision-making prior to the heavy weather navigation was largely reliant on his personal experience with heavy weather and the ship he commanded, says in the report.Decision-making was challenged during uncertain and dynamic conditions with limited data at hand, or a limited recognition of their meaning in combination with the generic SMS procedures available, that will inherently have a deviance in work as described and how work is carried out, which provided poor decision-making support for the master. The quality of the master’s decisions would therefore only be obvious afterwards, when the outcome was known, DMAIB concludes in the report. Source: DMAIB; September 08, 2014; Images: Maersk Line/ASlast_img read more

UN marks World Television Day highlighting its communicative powers

“People everywhere are living in more and more of an information society,” said Mr. Annan, and television “has a key role to play as these changes deepen and spread further still.”Urging the television industry to produce and distribute diverse, high quality content, in the developed and developing countries, Mr. Annan said “our interdependent world requires an information society that is universal and inclusive, that promotes mutual understanding and tolerance, and that presents a plurality of views.” In his message, General Assembly President, Jan Kavan of the Czech Republic highlighted television’s indispensable role in the proper functioning of genuine democracies, and said that “television is a decisive factor in globalization [as] it supports cultural diversity and helps to establish freedom of information.”Next December, the deliberations of the World Summit on Information Society, which will bring together all key stakeholders to discuss the information revolution and its impact, will be complemented by a UN organized World Electronic Media Forum to be held in Geneva. The Forum will bring together diverse players from the developed and developing world to focus on the role of the electronic media in the information society. read more