Reefer damaged in pirate attack off Nigeria
The "Frio Nagato", while under way in pos 04 06 00N, 006 55 54E, about 18,7 miles southwest of Bonny Island was fired upon by seven pirates in a blue coloured speed boat, on July 1, 2018, at 10.30 a.m. The mster raised alarm, contacted the local authorities, activated SSAS, increased the vessel?s speed and mustered the crew. A Nigerian naval vessel responded and escorted the reefer to a safe anchorage. The superstructure of "Frio Nagato" suffered gunshot damage in the attack.
Low level of crew competence, bad maintenance and communication failure caused accident
The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has released its report into the accidental release of a lifeboat from the "Nagato Reefer", in which one crewmember was injured. On Apr 9, 2014, a lifeboat on the reefer fell from its davit while being secured following an abandon ship drill in Southampton. The drill was part of a ‘more detailed’ Port State Control Inspection which was undertaken when an initial inspection identified a number of deficiencies – including a low level of crew competence; inadequate maintenance of safety equipment and a systemic failure of the safety management system. The accident resulted in one crewmembers sustaining minor injuries and damage to the lifeboat. The MAIB investigation found that the accident occurred when the lifeboat’s forward lifting hook opened while the boat was being secured as it had not been correctly reset when lifted from the water. The key safety issues identified by the MAIB were: •Low level of crew competence, inadequate maintenance of safety equipment and a failure of internal communications. •There was an inadequate safety culture on board and within the management company: •The crew had not been effectively trained in the maintenance and use of the vessel’s emergency lifesaving equipment and, as a result, it was not serviceable. Records of SOLAS safety drills and other statutory requirements had been falsified. The site of the accident had been interfered with by the crew before the MAIB investigators attended the scene. As a result of the investigation, the MAIB has made recommendations to the vessel’s manager to improve the safety culture throughout its fleet and within its shore based management. Specifically, Recommendation 2015/124 was aimed at ensuring its crews are properly trained in emergency preparedness, the maintenance and operation of their safety equipment, and that the importance of maintaining accurate records required by international statutes is observed throughout its fleet. Full Report: https://assets.digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk/media/554a255d40f0b61589000061/MAIBInvReport_9-2015.pdf
Detained by PSC at Portland with 15 deficiencies
Detained on 12 November 2014, Liverpool with 15 deficiencies with one ground for detention - This vessel was released on 14 November 2014 - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/8-foreign-flagged-ships-under-detention-in-the-uk-during-november-2014Upload News