The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) examines and investigates all types of marine accidents to or on board UK ships worldwide, and other ships in UK territorial waters.
MAIB Investigation Report
Windcat 9 and Island Panther Combined Report published 20 November 2013
- The masters of both vessels lost situational awareness because their vessel’s passages were not being properly monitored.
- Insufficient use was made of the lookouts and the navigation equipment fitted on both vessels.
- Passage planning was poor, with discrepancies between waypoint positions and routes on paper charts and voyage planning forms.
- There was insufficient training, particularly in regard to navigation equipment, and no formal assessment of new masters allowing ingrained poor working practices to be perpetuated.
- While acknowledging the identification lights on wind turbines are not formal aids to navigation, it is inevitable they will be utilised as visual cues for navigation.
- Although paper charts were the primary means of navigation, in practice the chart plotter was used to monitor both vessels’ positions when underway. The chart plotter systems did not meet the requirements to enable them to replace paper charts.
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MAIB Safety Bulletin 3/2013
Wacker Quacker 1 / Cleopatra
Issued 28 October 2013
The MAIB has issued Safety Bulletin 3/2013 following the sinking of the DUKW amphibious vehicle Wacker Quacker 1 in Salthouse Dock, Liverpool on 15 June 2013 and the fire on board the DUKW amphibious vehicle Cleopatra on the River Thames, London on 29 September 2013.
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