LESSON TO BE LEARNED FROM LOSS OF CONTROL OF STEERING SYSTEM
By Capt. Nguyen Tien Hieu
In the past, the maritime industry has had many accidents due to the loss of steering control, just note a few recent incidents:
Container Ship "OCEANA":
On 13th Dec. 2020 container ship "Oceana" (IMO 9634684) under the flag of the Antigua & Barbuda, built in 2013 with a length (LOA) of 172 meters, deadweight of 21,773 M.T lost control in the area Changjiang Kou (CJK) - Shanghai port and collided with container ship "XIN QISHENG 69" under the flag of China with a deadweight of 19,634 M.T, built in 2018. After container ship "XIN QISHENG 69" sank, there were 4 crew members died and 4 more crew members missing. For this reason, the Maritime Safety Authority of China Shanghai City issued a “Safety Notice” regarding to PSC campaign of an intensified inspection of ship navigation and propulsion systems in the Shanghai port area. This campaign started from March 15, 2021 until June 15, 2021. All of this content has also been specified according to the Ship Technical Circular of the Vietnam Registry Department No. 08TI / 21TB.