Grounding of tug Svitzer Waterston during familarisation trials
Location: Near Chapel Rocks, Milford Haven, England.
Completed PE Summary: Svitzer Waterston
A short summary of the accident and action taken:
|Vessel name:||Svitzer Waterston|
|Ship Owner:||Svitzer Marine Ltd|
|Propulsion:||Twin asimuthing stern drives|
|Port of Registry:||Milford Haven|
|Date & Time:||2 August 2008, 1340|
|Location of incident:||Milford Haven - East Channel|
|Persons onboard:||3 (+2+2)|
|Damage/pollution:||Nil/Port drive unit disabled|
The day after her delivery voyage to Milford Haven, the tug Svitzer Waterston was conducting propulsion trials with her new master onboard. Two other local tug masters were also onboard taking the opportunity to start familiarising themselves with the tug.
During the full speed straight runs required for the trials, numerous alarms sounded on the bridge. These were cancelled with some difficulty as a result of the lack of familiarity of those onboard with the bridge equipment.
After the trials, as the tug headed back towards the harbour, one of the familiarisation skippers took the con to get a feel of the controls. During this time the tug left the main channel to the west and grounded briefly in the area of Chapel Rocks.
Subsequent investigations established that the port drive unit was seriously damaged and required dry docking for repairs to be conducted.
As a result of the accident Svitzer management has initiated actions on tug familiarisation procedures, tug passage planning, bridge resource management and procedures for taking over the con of the tug.
Published: September 2008