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Case Study: Ship Casualty Project

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Ship Casualty Project On the April 23, 2013, 0817 local time, “American Dynasty” was approaching a graving dock at Esquimalt in British Columbia, Canada, (48°25.9’N, 123°25.8’W) when it suffered an electrical power and propulsion failure. The “American Dynasty” drifted off course and collided with the Canadian frigate, HMCS “Winnipeg” FFH 338, which was moored nearby. Both of the vessels sustained structural damages, as well as the naval pier to which HMCS “Winnipeg” was moored. Six shipyard workers sustained minor injuries, damages exceeded $500,000.00(US). Weather that morning was clear; with good visibility. Wind was out of the Northeast at 3 knots. The incident occurred in a protected harbor; with an ebbing tide of 3.6 feet. About an…show more content…
The master ordered the anchor dropped and tried to sound the trawler’s whistle in distress, however the whistle was nonfunctioning as well. Both master and pilots failed to engage the main engines’ emergency stop buttons, which were located prominently on the bridge’s control console. The speed of “American Dynasty” had now increased to approximately 5 knots, at 0817, the bow of the American Dynasty struck the port side of the Frigate…show more content…
This sensor was supposed to transmit a signal to the engine’s speed control unit, thus allowing operators to regulate the engine’s speed; if the sensor failed, the engine was designed to shut down automatically. However, investigators also discovered that the failsafe feature on the auxiliary generator’s control panel had been disabled because of a bypass jumper wire, this prevented the engine from automatically shutting itself down when the sensor failed. It could not be determined when or why the failsafe on the generator had been
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