Marine safety issues and actions

Commissioning processes

Issue number: MO-2011-004-SI-01
Who it affects: All ship owners, operators, managers, masters and officers
Issue owner: Tsuneishi Group Shipbuilding, China
Transport function: Marine: Other
Background: Investigation Report 285-MO-2011-004
Issue release date: 30 July 2012
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

Tsuneishi Group (Zhoushan) Shipbuilding has advised that it has sent a bulletin to the owners of all ships built in the shipyard requesting that all steering link-arm connections are appropriately tightened and that their locking tabs are correctly fitted. The shipyard’s procedures have also been modified to ensure that, in future, these checks are carried out during the building of all ships.

Safety issue description

The shipyard commissioning processes did not identify that the ship’s rudder angle indicator transmitter and tiller link-arm were not installed correctly.

Proactive Action

Action number: MO-2011-004-NSA-019
Action organisation: Tsuneishi Group Shipbuilding, China
Date: 30 July 2012
Action status: Closed

Tsuneishi Group (Zhoushan) Shipbuilding has advised that it has sent a bulletin to the owners of all ships built in the shipyard requesting that all steering link-arm connections are appropriately tightened and that their locking tabs are correctly fitted.

The shipyard’s procedures have also been modified to ensure that, in future, these checks are carried out during the building of all ships.

ATSB comment:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by Tsuneishi Group (Zhoushan) Shipbuilding adequately addresses the safety issue.

Last update 06 March 2014