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  Report blames captain, crew, management and owner for ship loss

    vendredi 2 novembre 2012

A report into the sinking of the "Insung 1" in the Ross Sea in which 22 people died and which was published on Nov 2, 2012, by the Korean Maritime Safety Tribunal said failings by the ship’s captain, crew, management and owners are to blame for the tragedy. The "Insung 1" went down without warning about 2700km southeast off Bluff on December 13, 2010.
Rescue crews managed to save 20 people from the ship which took just 30 minutes to go down. The crew failed to keep the trawling door and a bow-side door shut while the ship was sailing in rough seas and strong winds. Their failure to check these doors and their decision to proceed with sailing ... led to the flooding of the passageway by seawater that had come in through the open trawling door. Once they become aware of the flooding the crew failed to take appropriate action, which led to water quickly filling the ship’s engine room, undermining the ship’s stability.

The ship’s management and owners were also criticised in the report for failing to provide adequate safety instructions and training in the languages the crew members, who were from five different countries, could understand. The fact so many died in the tragedy shows the captain failed to evacuate the ship in a timely manner. This failure led the crew members to fall into water, which was -1C to 0C at the time, and led many to die from hypothermia as a result.
To avoid a similar tragedy happening again Insung Corporation must immediately improve its polices surrounding crew management and safety. All crew must be able to effectively communicate with one another and that safety rules and requirements of the company need to be written in languages that all crew members can understand.