Oil Leaks

31st March 2015

Oil Leaks

Initial Report

Report Text:

An oil spill was found on the main deck when preparing for arrival into port. Oil had leaked from a gasket on a cargo line. The ship was new, only four months old.

Underlying cause: Inadequate connection during construction. Ship builders and site office were informed through a guarantee claim, with the aim of enhancing inspections on the other new building vessels.

Lessons Learned: This incident also highlights the fact that a new-building vessel is in need of extra attention and careful monitoring during the first operating period after the delivery with the aim of confirming the proper and efficient operation of the vessel’s system and equipment.

Report:

Hydraulic leak was observed in the steering gear during a routine inspection, the cause was due a failure of a weld. The ship was new, only two months old. Ship builders and site office were informed through a guarantee claim, with the aim of enhancing inspections on the other new building vessels.

CHIRP Comment

The lesson learned is valid. There is a need for additional vigilance when supervising the build – ing of a new ship. Extra attention and careful monitoring are then necessary during the initial period of operations after delivery in order to confirm safe and efficient operation of the vessel’s systems and equipment. A similar degree of care should apply to ships that undergo significant repairs.

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