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Advice, Loss Prevention

The importance of equipment tests: Rapid change of berth ended with damaged vessel

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This case shows the importance of pre-departure checks and how stress can lead to procedures not being followed correctly.

The vessel was berthed alongside a quay, waiting to proceed through a lock to another berth. When a rapid departure was decided the OOW assumed everything was OK and did not check the controllable pitch propeller (CPP).

When the vessel proceeded towards the lock the Master realised that the CPP was not responding correctly making the vessel rapidly approach the lock. Heavy contact with the quay and lock gate made costly repairs to both the lock and vessel necessary.

Learn more from this Hull & Machinery case study:
CPP failure caused heavy contact with lock gate »

(from our publication Claims at a Glance 2019)

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