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GROUNDING OF GENERAL CARGO VESSEL CELTICA HAV

GROUNDING OF GENERAL CARGO VESSEL CELTICA HAV

Grounding of general cargo vessel Celtica Hav. At 1438 on 27 March 2018, the Bahamas registered general cargo vessel Celtica Hav grounded on a training wall in the approach channel to the River Neath, Wales.The vessel had a harbour pilot on board at the time and he had the con. Celtica Hav was quickly refloated and manoeuvred clear of the training wall. It suffered extensive shell plate damage to the bottom of its hull, which resulted in water ingress to several ballast tanks and flooding in the engine room.

The flooding was contained using the vessel’s bilge and ballast pumps, and submersible salvage pumps provided by the harbour authority. There were no
injuries to personnel and no damage to the environment.

The investigation identified that:

•• The pilot did not have full positional awareness when Celtica Hav left the dredged channel and did not fully appreciate the risk of grounding on the training wall.
•• A detailed pilotage plan had not been made by either the ship or the pilot, and the master/pilot exchange did not cover all hazards, including that posed by the training walls.
•• The vessel’s electronic navigation equipment was not adequatelyutilised to monitor the vessel’s position and assess its progress.

The vessel’s managers, HAV Ship Management NorRus AS, and the Neath Port Authority have carried out their own internal investigations, and the UK Hydrographic Office has provided additional information for mariners about the training walls.

Recommendations have been made to HAV Ship Management NorRus AS and the Neath Port Authority for them to improve the planning of pilotage and the quality of the master/pilot exchange of pilotage information.

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