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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.

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Suntis Safety Bulletin 3/2014 published

Published 14 August 2014

The safety issues identified are:

  • Three crew collapsed and died after entering an oxygen deficient compartment on board the vessel.
  • It is likely that the second and third crew members entered the space to attempt to rescue their colleagues(s).
  • The vessel had no rescue plan or appropriate rescue equipment in place.
  • It is fortunate that more lives were not lost during the disorganised rescue attempt.

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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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