MSS Case March: Unfinished arrival checklist led to severe damage
In the Monthly Safety Scenario Case for March, a checklist, not completly filled out, and stabilizer fins, leads to sever damage to the hull.
It was a summer morning, with clear skies, the weather was moderate at Beaufort 6, which had caused some rolling during the night. To smooth the motion of the vessel, the OOW had deployed the vessel’s stabilizer fins.
The OOW informed the Chief Officer that he had almost finished the arrival checklist, but some points had not been completed. However, a fire alarm sounded, and the Chief Officer left the cockpit and had a look at the fire alarm panel, which was in the back of the bridge. It was from a passenger cabin, so he called for an AB to go and check it. After this, the Chief Officer went back to the cockpit.
The Master was maneuvering the vessel towards the berth with different rudder orders, engine maneuvers, and the bow thruster. Suddenly the vessel stopped. The Master was confused and applied more engine power.
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When discussing the case please consider that the actions taken at the time made sense for all involved. Do not only judge, but also ask why you think these actions were taken and could this happen on your vessel?