Case Studies

Case Studies

As part of its commitment to improving safety at sea The Swedish Club widely shares its claims experiences with the aim of helping the shipping community to understand the factors that can lead to common incidents, and to learn from the decisions that were made on board at the time.


Following requests for more case studies, we have now taken some of the most interesting and informative cases that we have previously published across our loss prevention titles and combined them into a new casebook which can be used to assist in crew training – both on board and in the classroom.

The cases cover both P&I and H&M claims on the most common types of vessel and represent situations that many seafarers may find themselves facing during the course of their careers.

The cases in this book can also be downloaded separately, see the cases below.

(download pdf)


1. Hatch covers

1.1   Leaking cargo hatch covers caused cargo damage
1.2   Crack in the cargo hatch cover caused wet damage

(download pdf)

2. Heavy weather

2.1  Containers were lost in heavy weather because of stiff vessel

(download pdf)

3. Fire 

3.1   Explosion caused by fumigation

3.2   Misdeclared container caused fire
3.3   Floodlights caused cargo fire on bulk carrier
3.4   Hot work caused container fire

(download pdf)

4. Injury

4.1   Fatal fall from ladder

4.2   Lost balance while washing down caused serious injury
4.3   Injury during mooring operation

(download pdf)

5. Stowaways

5.1   Stowaways in the steering gear trunk

(download pdf)

6. Piracy

6.1   Piracy attack while waiting for berth

(download pdf)

7. Collision/Contact

7.1   Collision as vessel was overtaken
7.2   Collision in restricted visibility when approaching port
7.3   Collision in river
7.4   Collision in busy anchorage after grounding
7.5   Collision due to miscommunication when approaching port
7.6   Collision in restricted visibility
7.7   Contact while berthing in river

7.8   Excessive speed when approaching berth
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8. Loss of anchor

8.1   Loss of anchor in heavy weather
8.2  At anchor during a typhoon resulting in a grounding and total loss

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9. Grounding

9.1 Grounding in unsurveyed waters
9.2 Grounding as channel buoys were in the wrong position
9.3 Grounding as the OOW missed waypoint
9.4 Grounding in heavy weather
9.5 Grounding at high speed
9.6 Grounding because of poor cooperation

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10. Machinery failure

10.1 Machinery failure caused by contamination
10.2 Maintenance job lead to flooding of engine room
10.3 Machinery failure of the CPP caused heavy contact with lock gate
10.4 Routine job in the engine room caused grounding

(download pdf)




The Taipei grounding in Taiwan

(Film approx 4 min click to enlarge.)
When the 168-metre long, 20,615 dwt container ship TS Taipei suffered engine failure in a strong storm and was blown aground 300 metres away from a scenic beach off Shimen, Taiwan in March 2016, the stage was set for what could have been an incredibly expensive and catastrophic outcome.

The efficient, cost-effective way in which The Swedish Club responded and dealt with the casualty earned industry recognition for a job well done.

 Read the article on the Taipei case (pages 18-21 in Triton No 1-2017)


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