Shift of timber deck cargo on dry cargo vessel Sea Challenger during heavy weather
Location: High seas.
Completed PE Summary: Sea Challenger
A short summary of the accident and action taken:
|Registered Owner & Manager:||Lomar Shipping Ltd|
|Port of registry:||London|
|Classification society:||Germanischer Lloyd|
|Date & Time||09/10/04 12:35|
|Location of incident:||Foreign High Seas|
|Persons onboard:||19 Crew|
|Damage/ Pollution:||Minor Damage|
This vessel suffered a shift of packaged timber deck cargo in storm force sea conditions.
To prevent a similar accident occurring in the future, owners and masters of vessels which carry packaged timber deck cargoes were recommended to read the advice contained in MAIB’s report on a recent safety study on the carriage of Timber Deck Cargoes which can be found on this website
In addition, the owner of this vessel was recommended to:
Consider applying high friction coatings to the hatch covers on ships that they own which carry timber deck cargoes.
Consider using more dunnage between the tiers of cargo to prevent packages resting on rope slings, which provide poor friction.
Wrap timber packages with high friction waterproof covers.
Consider using hog wires, which are lashings strung between the uprights and laid between each layer of timber packages, to help reduce the chances of cargo shift.