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Göteborg: 4 July 2022

MSS Case July: Lack of communication led to serious main engine damage

An oil tanker was in port carrying out routine cargo operations. It was early morning and the Chief Engineer had planned to carry out a number of regular maintenance jobs. The oil tanker had been delivered eight months earlier and was a relatively new vessel.

The Chief Engineer had printed a list of jobs from the PMS which he gave to the engineers to complete. There was no specific discussion about the jobs between the Chief Engineer and the other engineers.

The First Engineer advised the Chief Engineer that he planned to start cleaning the main engine’s air coolers. He also informed the Third Engineer (who was the duty engineer) and said that he would let him know when he had finished. No signs were posted, or any warning written in the log book.

Read more about this case in the latest Monthly Safety Scenario.

For more Loss Prevention information, please contact: 
Joakim Enström, 
Loss Prevention Officer

Each month the Club's Loss Prevention team issues a new safety scenario to assist members in their efforts to comply with international safety regulations and follow best practices. 

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