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13-203 DEV Aratere, fracture of starboard propeller shaft, resulting in loss of starboard propeller, Cook Strait, 5 November 2013
Volume M137 2 Safety Recommendations of which 2 are open
Published on Thursday, December 15, 2016
On 5 November 2013 the passenger and freight ferry Aratere was in Cook Strait en-route from Picton to Wellington when the starboard propeller shaft fractured and the propeller was lost. The ship was able to complete the trip using its port propulsion system only.

When the ship arrived in Wellington, divers confirmed that the starboard propeller tail shaft had totally fractured within its...
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16-203 Bulk log carrier Mount Hikurangi, Crew fatality during cargo securing operation, 27 February 2016
Volume M136 0 Safety Recommendations of which 0 are open
Published on Thursday, December 01, 2016
On 27 February 2016, the bulk carrier Mount Hikurangi had just completed loading a cargo of logs at the port of Tauranga. The ship's crew were involved in applying chain lashings to the logs that had been loaded above deck when a deck cadet fell from the stack of logs 10 metres onto the wharf below, then into the sea. The deck cadet did not survive this fall. His body was recovered by divers... Read more

14-203 Fatal injury, Purse seine fishing vessel, Captain M. J. Souza, 24 August 2014
Volume M135 1 Safety Recommendation of which 1 is open
Published on Thursday, November 10, 2016
The Captain M. J. Souza is a New Zealand-registered purse seine fishing vessel that was operating in the Pacific Ocean approximately 650 nautical miles north of Samoa.

On 24 August the vessel was engaged in a routine fishing operation when a nylon rope sling that was securing one end of the fishing net to the vessel broke. The weight of the net was then transferred to an approximately...
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15-202 Containership Madinah, loss of person overboard, Lyttelton Harbour entrance, 2 July 2015
Volume M134 0 Safety Recommendations of which 0 are open
Published on Thursday, October 13, 2016
On 2 July 2015 the container ship Madinah was preparing for arrival at the port of Lyttelton. Part of those preparations involved the bosun (deck crew foreman) and a deck trainee rigging the port-side accommodation ladder over the ship's side in readiness for the ship's docking.

Both the bosun and the deck trainee were wearing safety harnesses. The bosun sent the deck trainee to fetch...
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11-202 Roll-on-roll-off passenger ferry Monte Stello, contact with rock, Tory Channel, Marlborough Sounds, 4 May 2011
Volume M133 1 Safety Recommendation of which 1 is open
Published on Thursday, April 14, 2016
The Monte Stello is a passenger and freight roll-on-roll-off ferry that was operating on the Cook Strait ferry service on short-term charter to Interislander, a business division of KiwiRail Limited.

At about 0600 on 4 May 2011, the Monte Stello was making its entrance into Tory Channel via the eastern entrance. The bridge team comprised the master (acting as pilot), the third mate...
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14-201 Dream Weaver, flooding due to structural failure of the hull, Hauraki Gulf, 23 February 2014
Volume M132 1 Safety Recommendation of which 1 is open
Published on Thursday, November 26, 2015
At about 1000 on Sunday 23 February 2014, the charter passenger catamaran Dream Weaver departed Westhaven Marina in Auckland for a dolphin- and whale-watching trip in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf. There were 36 passengers and a crew of four on board, comprising the master, the manager, the deckhand and a hospitality worker.

The weather conditions were forecast to deteriorate throughout the...
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10-206 Coastal container ship Spirit of Resolution, grounding on Manukau Bar, Auckland, 18 September 2010
Volume M131 0 Safety Recommendations of which 0 are open
Published on Thursday, August 13, 2015
At about 0530 on Saturday 18 September 2010, the coastal container ship Spirit of Resolution departed its berth at the port of Onehunga in Manukau Harbour and took about 1.7 hours to reach the Manukau Bar at the harbour entrance.

The sea conditions were forecast to exceed the four-metre maximum permissible observed wave height over the Bar and remain so for at least another two days. The...
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14-202 Lifting sling failure on freefall lifeboat, general cargo ship Da Dan Xia, Wellington, 14 April 2014
Volume M130 2 Safety Recommendations of which 1 is open
Published on Thursday, March 26, 2015
On 14 April 2014 the general cargo vessel Da Dan Xia was berthed at the port of Wellington, New Zealand, preparing to load a cargo of logs. The crew were conducting a launch-and-retrieval drill for the vessel's freefall lifeboat, using the "alternative" launching and retrieval davit.

The lifeboat was lowered into the water with no crew on board. Four crew members then boarded the lifeboat...
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11-204 Marine Inquiry 11-204: Container ship MV Rena grounding on Astrolabe Reef, 5 October 2011
Volume M129 4 Safety Recommendations of which 2 are open
Published on Thursday, December 18, 2014
The Liberian-registered container ship Rena had left the New Zealand port of Napier at 1020 on 4 October 2011 and was bound for the New Zealand port of Tauranga. The master had given an estimated time of arrival at the Tauranga pilot station of 0300 the next day. The master calculated the estimated time of arrival by dividing the distance to go by the Rena's normal service speed. The calculation... Read more

13-201 Accommodation fire on board the log-carrier, Taokas Wisdom, Nelson, 11 July 2013
Volume M128 1 Safety Recommendation of which 0 are open
Published on Monday, June 30, 2014
On 11 July 2013, the bulk log carrier Taokas Wisdom was loading a cargo of logs at the Port of Nelson, New Zealand when fire broke out in one of the crew member's cabins. The fire was detected by the automatic fire detection system, which activated the ship's general alarm.

While the crew were responding to the fire alarm, the Port Nelson security officer saw smoke emitting from the ship...
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