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MAIB PUBLISHES REPORT ON BULKER COLLISION

Friday, February 14, 2020 

The UK's Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has reported on an incident involving two bulk carriers at Teesport in April 2019.

The Turkish-registered bulk carrier Gülnak collided at a speed of 6.7 knots with the Panama registered bulk carrier Cape Mathilde, which was moored alongside the Redcar bulk terminal, Teesport, England. Both vessels were damaged but there were no injuries and there was no pollution.

The investigation found that Gülnak’s bridge team, which included a pilot, lost control of the vessel’s heading towards the end of an intended turn to port in the main navigation channel. Despite the use of full starboard rudder and full speed ahead, the port turn was not fully arrested and subsequent application of full astern power was insufficient to avoid a collision with Cape Mathilde.

No direct cause was identified, in part, due to the omission of critical engine and rudder data in the vessel data recorder.

Following the incident, the harbour authority has reviewed the navigational risk assessment and reinforced current practices that are intended to prevent similar accidents.

MAIB has recommended that Gülnak’s owner, Gülnak Shipping Transport & Trading Inc, highlights the accident to its masters and embarked pilots, closely monitors and validates the manoeuvring characteristics of the vessel, and ensures bridge equipment is operating correctly.

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