MSS Case February: Heavy weather causes grounding in archipelago
In the Monthly Safety Scenario Case for February, a Handysize bulk carrier was sailing through the archipelago in nightly strong winds.
It was an autumn night with winds of Beaufort scale 10 when the vessel was in hand steering mode and was only making 2 knots over a ground. The wind however made it difficult to maintain course. The position between two islands made the winds even stronger as the islands were creating a wind tunnel.
The Master came up on the bridge and ordered the OOW to go to the emergency steering room. The vessel was classed to have the engine control room constantly manned….
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