Marine safety issues and actions

Third party inspection of veneer packaging

Issue number: MO-2010-007-SI-05
Who it affects: All regulators, surveyors and inspectors
Issue owner: Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)
Transport function: Marine: Other
Background: Investigation Report 278-MO-2010-007
Issue release date: 14 November 2011
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

Noting this incident, AMSA has reviewed its port State control guidelines to ensure that, where relevant, checks are made regarding stowing and securing of deck cargoes. AMSA has also provided instructions to its Marine Surveyors to extend the cargo securing inspections to all deck cargoes, where aware of them.

Safety issue description

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.

Proactive Action

Action number: MO-2010-007-NSA-026
Action organisation: Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)
Date: 14 November 2011
Action status: Closed

The ATSB has been advised by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) that, because Appendix A of the Code of Safe Practice for Ships Carrying Timber Deck Cargo is not mandated in Australia, there was no obligation on AMSA to inspect the packaging arrangement of the veneer.

However, noting this incident, AMSA has reviewed its port State control guidelines to ensure that, where relevant, checks are made regarding stowing and securing of deck cargoes. AMSA has also provided instructions to its Marine Surveyors to extend the cargo securing inspections to all deck cargoes, where aware of them.

ATSB comment:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority adequately addresses this safety issue.

Last update 06 March 2014