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Celtic Carrier Accident Investigation Report

Published 16 July 2014

The safety issues identified are:

  • Celtic Carrier’s crew were ill-prepared for the emergency; there was a lack of leadership, and sub-standard fire-fighting techniques resulted in crew members being unnecessarily exposed to danger.
  • The records of some emergency drills recorded in the ship’s Official Log Book were falsified, which calls into question the validity of other records and demonstrates that a complacent approach to safety existed on board.
  • The ship owners need to involve its crews in the application of the SMS to ensure its success was not fully recognised.
  • The lack of a national database for International Safety Management Code audits constrained the Maritime and Coastguard’s ability to conduct fleet performance trend analysis, and to ensure that a consistent approach to auditing was carried out.

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Tyrusland Accident Investigation Report

Published 16 July 2014

The safety issues identified are:

  • Tyrusland’s crew and its embarked team of vehicle drivers did not have a safe system of work for the cargo handling operations which they were conducting.
  • A risk assessment for deck operations existed but did not properly identify the hazards associated with the work being conducted. In particular, the danger of a crewmember being unsighted by a fork-lift driver while in the path of a moving container had not been addressed.
  • The absence of a safe system of work or a thorough risk assessment meant that a dangerous condition emerged where ship’s crew were routinely operating in close proximity to moving vehicles without the necessary safeguards in force.
  • Prior to the accident, weaknesses in the ship’s organisation had been identified in an internal audit by the company and a UK flag state audit by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). However, the investigation identified that the company had not given a sufficiently high priority to management actions to address the identified shortcomings. In addition, the MCA’s follow-up action regarding non-conformities could have been more effective.

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