First investigation report of "Milano Bridge" Accident on April 6th 2020 in Busan
by Marine-Pilots.com - published on 13 May 2020
The report confirms that the accident caused by excessive speed during manoeuvring and the underestimated effects of the ship in ballast, such as partially submerged propellers and rudder blades with limited manoeuvrability, are considered to be the causes of this serious accident when berthing with a destroyed gantry crane.
The MOF’s Korean Maritime Safety Tribunal’s (KMST) investigations showed that Milano Bridge entered the port with about one-third of its propeller exposed above the water surface because it was not carrying sufficient ballast water. Milano Bridge was ballasting at the time, having departed from Zhoushan DDW PaxOcean Shipyard in China, after undergoing repairs.
KMST noted that Milano Bridge sailed towards the pier at a speed of 8 knots, which was higher than the usual speed of 6 knots when berthing. Wind speed at the time was 5 to 8 metres per second, which is considered normal.
KMST also calculated that the accident could have been avoided if Milano Bridge had slowed to less than 7 knots when approaching the pier.
The "Milano Bridge" is now undergoing repairs in Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company’s yard in China.
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Video Busan Port: Collision of MILANO BRIDGE with cranes and container ship SEASPAN GANGES
Found on YouTube. Created by SailorsTV on Apr 6.
Container ship MILANO BRIDGE in the afternoon Apr 6 contacted gantry crane 85 at Busan New Port container terminal while proceeding to berth 7 with pilot on board, then she contacted berthed container ship SEASPAN GANGES, and moving on momentum further on, contacted cranes 81 and 84. Crane 85 collapsed, cranes 81 and 84 were derailed, crane 85 operator was slightly injured.
SEASPAN GANGES left port shortly after accident, understood damages were slight or none.
MILANO BRIDGE as of 1100 UTC wasn’t yet moored, probably because of crane debris on her stern.
Watch also (video of AIS track)
Unofficial internal company timeline report
Thanks for serious comments. We only show the incident objectively and we do not allow ourselves to make a quick judgement about what happened.
This is a terrible accident, especially for the involved crews on ships and cranes, the captain and the pilot. Please have respect for the people! We will have to wait for the investigation and will continue to report on it.
Nobody wants to experience such an accident themselves.
Video AIS track of MILANO BRIDGE on 6 April 2020 (Busan port)
According to AIS past track data, the vessel was obviously too fast on 9 knots and also going down the wind (4-5 bft., take a look at the exhaust from the stack) when entered the inner harbour considering the size and displacement. That speed was approximate 3 ship lengths to the pier and there was the on pier wind after the turn.
Why the ship entered the port so fast will be the subject of the investigations to be awaited.
Knowing South Korea procedures there will be no just marine accident but also a criminal investigation into the accident.
Luckily no human serious casualties occurred.
Watch also (video of the accident)
Unofficial internal company timeline report
Video Detailed Track of "Milano Bridge" in Busan Apr 6 2020
Video Detailed Track: Collision of "Carnival Legend" and "Glory" on Dec 20 2019, Mexico
Found on YouTube. Created by Made Smart Group BV.
Two Carnival cruise ships collided in Cozumel, Mexico on December 20th 2019, causing damage to both ships.
Video Failed overtaking of another ship in a canal - Port Revel Shiphandling
Found on YouTube. Created by "Port Revel". From 2014...
Manoeuvring large ships at close quarters and on shallow water is one of the most difficult aspects of shiphandling because of the complex hydraulic interactions depending on the ships' speeds, on the water depth and on lateral restrictions like in canals. Training is conducted both on meeting and on overtaking ships in shallow waters. This video shows how overtaking in a canal can easily fail.
More information: http://www.portrevel.com/3781-shiphan...
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by Marine-Pilots.com - published on 23 January 2020
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Article Unofficial internal company timeline report of the ship accident in Busan 6 April 2020
by Marine-Pilots.com - published on 14 April 2020
"ONE - MSQ Accident News No. 31": ONE operated 13,900 TEU vessel “M/V Milano Bridge” has collided with gantry cranes and another vessel while approaching berth at PNC #8. This was the first berthing for phasing-in after Dry Dock.
Article #dangerousladders - Using social media to improve pilot transfer safety.
by Kevin Vallance deep sea pilot and author - published on 12 December 2019
It remains a sad fact that accidents and near misses continue to occur during pilot transfers with frightening regularity. Most of these fortunately do not result in injury, and a surprisingly high number of them are not even recognised for what they are.
Surveys into pilot ladder safety consistently reveal that unacceptably high numbers of pilot transfer arrangements are not compliant with the regulations.