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Routine job caused grounding

What started off as a routine job with clearing the lower starboard sea-chest from ice ended with grounding. This case illustrates how bad weather conditions and a lack of clear procedures made this journey end with evacuation and towing.

The vessel was in ballast and on its way to the loading port in the NW Atlantic. Heavy winds were blowing and there was also some ice in the water, so the crew had to clear the lower starboard sea-chest which was blocked with ice.

While removing the ice the main sea water valve, located on the side shell plate, began to leak…

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(from our publication Claims at a Glance 2019)

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