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
Flag:   UK
Type:   Dry Cargo
Built:   1998
Classification society:   Germanischer Lloyd
Length overall:   131.6
Gross tonnage:   6418.00
Date & Time   09/10/04 12:35
Location of incident:   Foreign High Seas
Incident Type:   Capsize/Listing
Persons onboard:   19 Crew
Injuries/ fatalities:   None
Damage/ Pollution:   Minor Damage

Synopsis

This vessel suffered a shift of packaged timber deck cargo in storm force sea conditions.

Action taken

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.


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