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On 4 October 2010, 604 packs of timber veneer were lost overboard from the deck of the Panama registered multipurpose cargo ship Mimasaka. At the time, the ship was in rough seas, about 27 miles southeast of Yamba, New South Wales.

The ATSB investigation found that the cargo stowage and securing instructions that had been emailed to the ship did not provide the crew with sufficient guidance about how the deck cargo was to be stowed or secured. Consequently, the deck cargo was not appropriately secured and it moved in the heavy weather. This resulted in the failure of the lashing system and the subsequent loss of the cargo.

The investigation also found that the ship's cargo securing manual did not contain any instructions on the stowage and securing of timber veneer cargoes. Furthermore, the operations manual provided by NYK-Hinode Line for the stowage and securing of timber veneer did not contain any information or guidance for the stowage and securing of the cargo on the ship's hatch covers.

The ATSB identified five safety issues during the investigation. They include the lack of guidance provided to the crew by NYK-Hinode Line, that the shipper of the veneer did not follow the recommendations for packaging contained in Appendix A of the International Maritime Organization's Code of Safe Practice for Ships Carrying Timber Deck Cargo and that no third party had inspected the packaging to see whether the shipper had followed those recommendations.

The ATSB acknowledges the safety action taken by the organisations responsible for the safety issues and is satisfied that the safety action adequately addresses those safety issues.

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Safety issues

MO-2010-007-SI-01 - MO-2010-007-SI-02 - MO-2010-007-SI-03 - MO-2010-007-SI-04 - MO-2010-007-SI-05 -  

Cargo Securing Manual

Mimasaka’s cargo securing manual did not contain any information relating to the stowage and securing of timber veneer.

Safety issue details
Issue number:MO-2010-007-SI-01
Who it affects:All ship owners, operators, managers and masters
Status:Adequately addressed


 

NYK's Operation Manual

The Operation Manual for Loading and Lashing of Tasmanian/Malaysian Dry Veneer, developed by NYK-Hinode Line for use by ships carrying timber veneer, did not contain any information relating to the stowage and securing of the timber veneer cargo on deck.

Safety issue details
Issue number:MO-2010-007-SI-02
Who it affects:All ship owners, operators, managers and masters
Status:Adequately addressed


 

Emailed instructions

The instructions that were emailed to Mimasaka’s master by NYK-Hinode Line did not provide the crew with proper guidance about how to stow and secure the packs of timber veneer on deck.

Safety issue details
Issue number:MO-2010-007-SI-03
Who it affects:All ship owners, operators, managers and masters
Status:Adequately addressed


 

Veneer packaging

Ta Ann Tasmania did not follow the recommendations contained in section 2.3 of Appendix A of the International Maritime Organization’s Code of Safe Practice for Ships Carrying Timber Deck Cargo when they packaged the timber veneer for shipment by sea.

Safety issue details
Issue number:MO-2010-007-SI-04
Who it affects:All shippers of timber cargoes
Status:Adequately addressed


 

Third party inspection of veneer packaging

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority had not inspected the packs of veneer to establish whether Ta Ann Tasmania was packaging the veneer in line with the recommendations contained in section 2.3 of Appendix A of the International Maritime Organization’s Code of Safe Practice for Ships Carrying Timber Deck Cargo.

Safety issue details
Issue number:MO-2010-007-SI-05
Who it affects:All regulators, surveyors and inspectors
Status:Adequately addressed

 
General details
Date: 04 October 2010 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0855 (UTC+11) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Off Coffs Harbour  
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 14 November 2011 Occurrence category: Incident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Vessel details
Vessel: Mimasaka 
Flag: Panama 
IMO: 9562831 
Type of Operation: Mulit-purpose/general cargo ship 
Damage to Vessel: Minor 
Departure point:Burnie, Tasmania
Destination:Singapore
 
 
 
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