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 Millgarth MAIB Report Published
Added: 06 Dec 2019
At 1749 on 27 January 2019, the chief engineer on board the tug Millgarth, fell into the River Mersey from the north oil stage at the Tranmere Oil Terminal at Birkenhead, England.

He had released Millgarth’s mooring lines and was attempting to re-board the tug. His lifejacket inflated automatically on entering the water and his crewmates were able to recover him alongside the tug within 5 minutes.

The crew were unable to lift the chief engineer out of the water because he had quickly become incapacitated in the cold water and lost consciousness.
He was recovered at 1811 by the crew of rescue boat Marine Fire Rescue 1; he had suffered cardiac arrest and could not be revived.

Safety issues
accessing the tugs via the oil stage fenders at the Tranmere Oil Terminal was a common practice and was extremely dangerous, particularly in poor weather conditions,the lack of safe access to and from Svitzer tugs at Tranmere Oil Terminal had been recognised for at least 14 years prior to this accident and had been raised at safety committee meetings and during company inspections many times prior to this accident.

Svitzer UK and Essar did not formally identify and evaluate the shared risks associated with access to and from an unmoored tug or discuss how these could be mitigated,the crew had not been fully prepared to deal with the emergency situation, and were unfamiliar with the use of the tug’s MOB rescue-sling.

On 14 June 2019, the MAIB carried out a preliminary assessment of a non-fatal man overboard incident on Svitzer Victory. Due to the similarity of this incident with the fatal accident on Millgarth.

The Chief Inspector of the MAIB issued an urgent safety recommendation (2019/115) to Svitzer A/S concerning the safe conduct of tug access and egress.
This report makes further safety recommendations (2019/121 and 2019/122) to Svitzer A/S regarding the dissemination and closure of audit findings, attendance at man overboard drills and the use of man overboard recovery equipment.

Both Svitzer A/S (2019/123) and Essar Oil UK (2019/124) have been recommended to ensure that a thorough assessment of site-specific risks leading to an agreed method statement of work is completed for all the locations where shared risks are identified.

Related publications
MAIB report 19/2016: fatal accident while manoeuvring Svitzer Moira alongside an unmanned tug Royal Portbury Dock, Bristol on 29 December 2015
Published 5 December 2019
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 Royal Life Saving Society ’Don’t Drink and Drown’ campaign
Added: 03 Dec 2019
The Royal Life Saving Society have today launched their ‘Don’t Drink and Drown’ campaign.
This follows research that indicates more than a quarter of all adult drowning victims have alcohol and/or drugs in their bloodstream.
The UK Maritime community are supporting this campaign and would very much encourage all Ports, Harbours and Marinas to do the same.
There are a number of suggested images and text online on their website, for more information go to;
 Industry Best Practice launched for marine domestic water facilities
Added: 19 Nov 2019
Industry Specialist Consulting Group issues Inland and Coastal guidance
This week, the Industry Specialist Consulting Group (ISCG) has released new Industry Best Practice (IBP) for the marine industry, both inland and coastal, on the safe operation of water facilities in marinas, boatyards, sailing centres, canals and other inland waterways.

The guidance has been created by both water suppliers and experts from the marine industry with the aim of having safe and practical operations in both the commercial and recreational sectors.

As well as providing guidance on the minimum level of backflow protection required in-line with effective control measures, it will contribute towards smarter use of water and have a more positive environmental benefit.

It does this by providing marine operators with a consistent standard of operations, procedures and equipment for the provision and maintenance of domestic water facilities.
The intended outcome is to enable water undertakers (the regulatory enforcers) and end users to work together more effectively to safeguard the public drinking water network.

Industry first
The first of its kind for the industry, the ISCG was formed to provide the recreational boating industry with practical guidance in the safe use and operation of coastal and inland water facilities. It consists of representatives from water undertakers, together with industry experts from British Marine, the RYA, The Yacht Harbour Association, and The Canal & River Trust.

The group aims to ensure that current and future operations are safer, more efficient and give a higher and consistent safety standard across a wide range of marine operations.

RYA Director of Affairs, Howard Pridding, said: “We welcome the introduction of this Industry Best Practice, which is designed to raise operational standards in the supply of domestic water for recreational boating activity, ensuring consistent practice across the inland and coastal marine industry.
“For our affiliated sailing clubs and recognised training centres, this new guidance will offer help and guidance on the security surrounding the safety of water supplies and how that water is used. The document advises clubs on the best practice of regular activities such as the rinsing of dinghies and filling of water tanks. Key elements of the water safety guidance include the correct labelling of water points and allocating designated areas for boat maintenance which involves the use of water.”

Working in partnership
Lesley Robinson, British Marine CEO, added: "We’re delighted to see the introduction of the IBP which will deliver a high level of consistency across the industry ensuring that all recreational marine activity, whether on a large or small scale, works to the same standards.
Importantly, it applies to both inland and coastal operations establishing a better understanding and shared standards across the whole of Britain’s boating network.

"The simple IBP guide makes compliance with the water regulations very clear, allowing our marinas, harbours and boatyards operating water facilities to work to the required standards, provide and share their own feedback on any problems or benefits of operations and ultimately, build new sites and update their facilities more easily."

Anglian Water, Hyfran Duffyd, Jersey Water, Severn Trent Water and Southern Water all now accept now accept the guidance contained within Industry Best Practice (IBP) Marine Water Facilities – Inland and Coastal (edition 1).
 ABPMER -Report Published: Mapping Shipping Cargo Value
Added: 19 Nov 2019
The results of a project undertaken by marine consultancy ABPmer, to develop a method to assign values to shipping cargo has been published by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO).

The resulting mapping and information will improve the evidence base used in developing marine plan policies.

Monty Smedley, maritime sector lead at ABPmer said “This was an exciting and novel project for us. The UK maritime sector plays a critical role in the growth and development of the country, enabling the import and export of goods and providing additional value through maritime and business services.

We are very pleased to have developed a methodology providing the MMO with additional information to underpin the development of marine plan policy.”

Robert Merrylees, Policy Manager & Analyst at the UK Chamber of Shipping commented “The Chamber greatly welcomes this study determining a working methodology for mapping the cargo value of shipping routes.

The study provides real value by looking not only at port calls, but also transiting vessels which goes to show just how important (both on a commercial and navigational safety front) many routes are.”

Vivid Economics provided economics analysis support to ABPmer as a subconsultant.

ABPmer has a long history of supporting the development of the evidence base for marine planning, especially in the use of AIS and related shipping data to inform policy development and the use of marine space.

To download the report, visit

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 Shipmaster at court for being drunk while operating a ship
Added: 16 Nov 2019
A Huge ship was stuck at Teesport for two days after Ukrainian shipmaster arrested for being drunk.
Valeriy Velychko, 53, was five times the limit when he was arrested at Teesport.

The large ship the length of two football pitches has been stuck at Teesport - because its shipmaster was arrested for being drunk.
The bulk cargo vessel Kohl 1 was supposed to leave Teesside for abroad on Saturday, Teesside Magistrates’ Court heard.

But Valeriy Velychko, its shipmaster was arrested shortly before it was due to leave port.
He spent the weekend in custody before appearing at court on Monday.
Through an interpreter he admitted being drunk while operating a ship, and obstructing a police officer in the execution of their duty.

Magistrates sent the case to crown court on an unspecified future date, but after hearing from defence solicitor David Dedman, decided to grant Velychko bail.
If he had have been remanded in custody, said Mr Dedman, the ship could have potentially been stuck at Teesport until his eventual release - which could have been "four to six weeks away".
"There is a ship in Tees dock that cannot move without him, because he is the shipmaster," he said.

"He is a well-paid professional master of a ship. He will return to court, as it is not desirable for a man in his position not to. We have his telephone number and we can contact him like any other of our clients."
As he was released from custody, Velychko, 53, was warned by magistrates that he would be committing a further offence should he not return to England to face sentence at court.

After the case, a PD Ports spokesperson said: "An incident did occur at Teesport over the weekend but it’s being dealt with by Cleveland Police."

 ABPmer appointed Designated Person for Lymington Harbour Commissioners
Added: 05 Nov 2019
Marine consultancy ABPmer has been appointed by the Lymington Harbour Commissioners to provide an independent Designated Person (DP) service, as described in the Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC).

Lymington Harbour is a Trust Port constituted by Act of Parliament in 1951.
The harbour is one of the UK’s premier yachting centres, with easy access to the western Solent.
Lymington is a popular destination for sailors, power boaters and cruisers, with a wide range of berthing and facilities.
The Harbour is also the home of Wightlink’s vehicle ferry, which provides a lifeline service between Lymington and Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight.
As the Statutory Harbour Authority, the Commissioners recognise that marine safety management is critical to the harbour’s ongoing success and development.

The PMSC is the national standard for every aspect of port marine safety. A central requirement of the Code is that risk management processes are used to inform the implementation of a marine safety management system (MSMS).
The Code recommends the appointment of a DP to provide independent assurance directly to the Duty Holder that the MSMS is working effectively and is compliant with the requirements of the Code.

Monty Smedley, Head of Maritime at ABPmer, said “We are delighted to be appointed to provide DP services for Lymington Harbour. We look forward to undertaking a comprehensive review of their MSMS and associated procedures to provide reassurance that the Authority is fully compliant with the Code.”

ABPmer has a wealth of experience in providing PMSC support to port and harbour operators. Their Master Mariners, marine scientists, regulatory advisors and auditors provide a total risk management solution tailored to the needs of the port and harbours sector.

Learn more at

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 Test site to help develop autonomous ship work
Added: 24 Oct 2019
Testing of marine autonomous surface ships (MASS) has been given a boost after site chosen in Portland, Dorset.

Work to develop and test marine autonomous surface ships has been given a boost after a site which will allow sharing of valuable data was chosen in Portland, Dorset (UK).

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency’s (MCA) MARLab which includes Solis Marine Consultants and Maritrace, have chosen Portland harbour as a test site for a new online platform which will allow data sharing.

It means that data can be shared between the MCA and various other organisations, all of which will help in the development and testing of MASS in UK waters. Data collected around marine traffic moments, weather and even sea bed information can then be shared with industry for programming of their autonomous vessels.

Ros Blazejczyk, project manager for Solis Marine said: ‘Portland presents an ideal choice for this test as a well-defined harbour which is big enough for a MASS test area but not so large that data sets for this viability study become unwieldy.’

Tom Owen, MD at Maritrace added that like many ports, Portland has many separate data-sources it uses to manage its port on a day-to-day basis.

There is an interesting challenge involved in harmonising those sources into a single distribution platform, however the quality of those sources and the enthusiasm and cooperation we have received from the Portland harbour authority have been incredibly helpful as part of this exciting project,’ he said.

The MARLab project team will now move forward with software development whilst continuing to engage with the UK MASS industry to determine how data sets held by the MCA and other government organisations can be best utilised with a view to encouraging the testing of autonomous and smart vessels in the UK.’

Dr Katrina Kemp from the MCA said: ‘This project forms a vital part of a wider initiative by the MCA to make sure the UK is a world leader in autonomous and smart shipping, with UK waters being open for testing of this exciting new technology.’

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