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October 23, 2016

Ship had equipment problems, investigators say

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  • Rich Gray posted at 8:24 am on Fri, Mar 28, 2014.

    Rich Gray Posts: 23

    You report no one saw the collision. I did see the collision on TV (ABC News) as filmed by someone on their smart phone. Are you aware that this footage exists?

  • TJ Aulds posted at 8:49 am on Fri, Mar 28, 2014.

    TJ Aulds Posts: 107 Staff

    Rich. Officials said no one came forward with video to investigators I will check.

  • Don233 posted at 10:15 am on Fri, Mar 28, 2014.

    Don233 Posts: 964

    Here is the video from the pleasure craft that captured the event http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=9476135

  • miceal o'laochdha posted at 1:07 pm on Fri, Mar 28, 2014.

    miceal o'laochdha Posts: 661

    TJ: A Loadline Certificate is a trading document issued by whichever Class Society the ship is in Class with, there is no plural.

    A "problem with the Loadline" can mean almost anything is amiss, as the Certificate is only issued (5 year) and endorsed (annually) by the Class Surveyor if no notable machinery, stability, or safety equipment deficiencies are found throughout the whole vessel during the annual Survey.

    Here are good questions:

    Which Society is the vessel in Class with? (ABS, LLoyds, DNV, GL, are likely possibilities). If it is not one of these IACS organizations, but one less reputable, you will be hot on the trail of a story.

    Ask if they have any current "Conditions of Class"?

    When was the Loadline and Certificate of Class last endorsed?

    Who issued the ship's Safety Management Certificate, in accordance with ISM code? When was it last endorsed?

    Who conducted the last Port State Control Inspection? Was it the USCG? Has she been in any US ports in the last 1 year without undergoing a USCG PSC Inspection?

    Finally, ask if there are any deficiencies on any of these Surveys, Inspections or Audits that are not presently closed out. With the answers to these questions, you will be well on your way to breaking a story, if there is anything significantly afoul with that ship.