Marine safety issues and actions

Condition of lashing gear

Issue number: MO-2009-002-SI-01
Who it affects: All ship owners, operators, managers and maters
Issue owner: Swire Navigation/CNCO
Transport function: Marine: Shipboard operations
Background: Investigation Report 263-MO-2009-002
Issue release date: 27 January 2011
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

Swires have reviewed their procedures and will be replacing the entire container fitting system on all eight ship in this class.

Safety issue description

The poor condition of much of the ship’s container lashing equipment indicates that the inspection and maintenance regime applied to this critical equipment had been inadequate.

Proactive Action

Action number: MO-2009-002-NSA-028
Action organisation: Swire Navigation/CNCO
Date: 27 January 2011
Action status: Closed

Swire Navigation has advised the ATSB that, at the time of the incident, the company (and ship) had in place a comprehensive inspection and maintenance regime which included regular inspection and maintenance and/or replacement of the vessel's container lashing equipment. The upkeep and replacement of relevant cargo securing equipment by the crew was progressing at the time of the incident.

Following the incident, Swire Navigation has reviewed the inspection and maintenance process for the container fitting system in use on the ship at the time of the incident and, although Class approved, has decided to replace the entire system with an alternative Class approved system for all eight ships of this class that the company believes will be even more robust.

ATSB comment:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by Swire Navigation adequately addresses this safety issue.

Last update 06 March 2014