MSS Case January: Excessive speed when approaching berth
January case 2019: Excessive speed when approaching berth
It was morning with clear skies and NW winds at 25-30 knots. The 200 m RoRo vessel had picked up the pilot and there had been a short pilot briefing where the pilot informed the bridge that the vessel would berth starboard side to berth A which had a course of 285°.
The approach in the fairway was 090°. This meant that the vessel had to do a major port alteration of 195°. The port had no breakwater and was open to the sea.
The pilot had the conn and the vessel was sailing down the fairway on a 090° course at a speed of 9 knots.
Two tugs were standing by but were not connected. At the position where the pilot decided to start the alteration there was less than 500 m of space between the berths in the port basin. Read more in the latest Monthly Safety Scenario case»
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