The operation manual for the stowage and securing of veneer cargo has been revised to cover deck cargo. Therefore emailed instructions should not be necessary in the future
Safety issue description
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.
14 November 2011
The ATSB has been advised by NYK-Hinode Line that, following the incident, NYK-Hinode updated its Operation Manual for Loading and Lashing of Tasmanian/Malaysian Dry Veneer to include reference to on deck stowage and securing and therefore the need for additional emailed instructions is no longer necessary.
The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by NYK-Hinode Line adequately addresses this safety issue.