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Which are the Real Hazards of a Bulk Carrier in Case of Collision?

Posted 11/17/2018

The ISM Code and ISO 9001:2015 standards include the risk management principles such as review of existing procedures and plans.


Through the SOPEP plan, emphasis is given to the actions of the captain in an emergency situation in order to deal with an unexpected discharge of oil and safety of the crew. Further requirements include issues such as reporting to authorities and cooperation. However, despite the experience of the master and his crew, many reasons such as stress may force the seaman to be confused and act in a wrong way. The SOPEP manual fulfils objective 1.2.2 of the ISM Code where ship management companies have to develop procedures regarding shipboard emergencies.


The data of a research study "The Contribution of Risk Management in Ship Management The Case of Ship Collision" were collected from GISIS, which is a database provided by the IMO.


From the total 43 collisions that were examined, 45 bulk carriers where involved of which two did not cause any notable harm, meaning that the bulk carrier remained fit to proceed and human and environmental safety was not threatened as a result of the collision. In another ten incidents, the damages caused by collisions were found minor. From the remaining incidents, twelve collisions caused severe structural damages to at least one of the ships involved. Two ships flooded without sinking and two fire incidents were reported.


The most catastrophic results were the total loss of eight fishing boats where seven of them incidents caused loss of life and two pollution cases.