Marine safety issues and actions

Fault finding of steering system

Issue number: MO-2010-009-SI-01
Who it affects: All ship's engineers
Issue owner: Laeisz Reederei
Transport function: Marine: Shipboard operations
Background: Investigation Report 280-MO-2010-009
Issue release date: 04 May 2011
Current issue status: Partially addressed

Safety issue description

Preliminary inspections and tests of MSC Basel steering system did not identify any faults. However, more thorough examinations of the entire steering systems may identify any intermittent defects.

Proactive Action

Action number: MO-2010-009-NSA-009
Action organisation: Laeisz Reederei
Date: 04 May 2011
Action status: Closed
Laeisz Reederei has advised the ATSB that the spherical bearing and pin which were found seized during the investigation were replaced by the manufacturer in Singapore on 15 November 2010 with genuine spare parts. Following the repairs, the steering gear was tested and found to operate satisfactorily.

ATSB comment:

Further action required

Safety Advisory Notice

Action number: MO-2010-009-SAN-011
Action organisation: Laeisz Reederei
Date: 04 May 2011
Action status: Closed

The ATSB advises that Reederei F. Laeisz should consider taking further action to address this safety issue.

ATSB comment:

Further action required

Last update 06 March 2014