Accident investigation published
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.”