Ac­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion pub­lished

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - FAMILY MEMORIES - By Mark Davies

A NORTH-EAST har­bour was told to bring in new safety pro­ce­dures af­ter the sink­ing of a boat.

Ac­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tors called for the in­tro­duc­tion of new prac­tices fol­low­ing a probe into the sink­ing of the tug-boat Ljs­sel­stroom.

Three crew­men had to be res­cued when the Dutch-reg­is­tered ves­sel cap­sized near the en­trance to Peter­head Har­bour in June 2009.

Of­fi­cials from the UK Gov­ern­ment’s Marine Ac­ci­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch (MAIB) launched a probe into the in­ci­dent and made a num­ber of rec­om­men­da­tions for fu­ture safety.

Pri­mar­ily, the MAIB found that the Dutch com­pany Van Wi­jn­gaar­den Ser­vices should con­duct bet­ter train­ing of its per­son­nel.

But the in­ves­ti­ga­tors also made two rec­om­men­da­tions to Peter­head Port Au­thor­ity (PPA), which were de­tailed in the new­ly­pub­lished MAIB re­port.

The first rec­om­men­da­tion said the port must en­sure when tugs are as­signed to work, the work­ing pro­ce­dures of the ves­sels were fully as­sessed be­fore al­low­ing them to start work.

The sec­ond rec­om­men­da­tion called for a greater fo­cus on risk as­sess­ments and brief­ings.

PPA chief ex­ec­u­tive John Wal­lace to­day said both rec­om­men­da­tions had been put in place and there was no blame at­tached to the PPA for the sink­ing.

He said: “It was a very un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent and for­tu­nate from the stand­point that there was no loss of life. It was the quick ac­tions of PPA per­son­nel that pre­vented the in­ci­dent from be­ing any worse and it is tes­ta­ment to the train­ing our staff un­dergo that there wasn’t any in­jury or loss of life.”

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