MSS Case March: Engine failure caused grounding
A bulk carrier loaded a cargo of soya beans in a North American port, prior to travelling to Asia.
When loading was completed the vessel anchored to wait for a favourable tide. At midnight the vessel departed and headed through the fairway. A pilot was on board, and a pilot briefing had been carried out with the Master.
After two hours a main engine slowdown alarm was triggered due to a loss of cooling water in the main engine. The Master ordered half head but there was no response from the engine.
Read more about the consequences of excessive loss of cooling water in the main engine in the latest Monthly Safety Scenario.
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Joakim Enström, Loss Prevention Officer
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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?