Human error: Fault analysis approach

While investigating a failure, blaming individual is more satisfying than targeting institution. Human errors are not rare and error factors are always surrounding us. Everyone can make error even if one is highly trained, experienced and motivated. There is no single report to cover all industry data to identify human errors; however numerous accident and […]

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Main Engine Air cooler – Identifying leaky tubes

Tubes of tube type air coolers are prone to leak after many years of operation. There are numerous reasons of tube leak, like: poor quality of material, poor water quality in cooling water system, low tube thickness, vibration, and erosion of material due to water flow velocity etc. During service, if tubes start leaking, it […]

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Port State Control: year 2012-13-14 trend analysis.

Port state control; administrative burden or safety for all? Once an international convention comes into force , the key issue to maritime industry is, how to implement the related convention ? Contracting party,  government, in general terms of seafarers: Flag state, implements the international conventions. In some cases original objectives of the conventions are not achieved […]

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Care in ship’s daily operation

There are multiple equipment operated regularly onboard, small care always helps reliable operation and long trouble free life of it. We frequently face breakdown of equipment, likely or unlikely during critical operation. Analysis of machinery damage report usually reveals the reason as human error or mishandling in more than 70% cases. Equipment can be categorised […]

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Service Experience – Anchor stuck in Hawse pipe

In my last vessel, we had this strange problem of a stuck anchor  in the hawse pipe. The starboard anchor (weight approx. 10 Metric tons) which  had not been used for some time , was stuck !! We left the chain little slack overnight hoping that the anchor would come off with its weight. It did […]

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