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Six Shipping Accidents Registered by MA in 2016

Last year nine incidents involving vessels were registered altogether, six of which were classified as ship accidents. The latter were hazardous incidents or less serious incidents, and there were no serious or very serious casualties. These statistics do not include the data regarding recreational craft.

The number of accidents has been steadily decreasing over the years. According to Mr Marek Rauk, Head of the Maritime Safety Division of the Estonian Maritime Administration (MA), the increased safety of vessel traffic has been achieved, among other things, by well-marked waterways and the availability of precise navigational information, which is the result of the professional work of our hydrographers and cartographers. Mr Rauk added that the constant supervision by our inspectors who inspect Estonian-flagged ships and the vessels visiting Estonian ports also plays a vital role in ensuring safety at sea.

On 24 January, the diesel engine of the ferry Wrangö (flag state: Estonia) broke down. This was classified as a hazardous incident, which was investigated by the MA. On 17 July, the Ristna (flag state: Estonia) and the Coral Ivory (flag state: the Netherlands) made contact while bunkering on the roadstead of the Port of Ventspils, Latvia. This was also classified as a hazardous incident. Another hazardous incident took place in Tallinn in the port of Vanasadam on 25 August, when the Star (flag state: Estonia) bumped into the passenger catwalk while berthing.

On 15 October, the catamaran Runö (flag state: Estonia) touched the bottom of the sea as she was leaving the port of Ringsu. On 27 October, the hydrography vessel EVA-301 (flag state: Estonia) touched the bottom during hydrographic survey operations on Lake Peipsi. These two were classified as less serious incidents.

A grounding happened to the Tornedalen (flag state: Isle of Man) on 28 November, while she was berthing in the Port of Kunda. No damage was done to the ship and she did not need assistance. This was classified as a hazardous incident and the investigation was carried out by the MA. 

All in all, in 2016, the MA inspectors inspected Estonian-flagged ships in 218 instances, with 204 being technical surveys and 14 sample checks. As a result, 804 precepts were issued to Estonian-flagged vessels. In 75 instances no precepts were issued. In addition, 31 maritime safety audits were carried out.

In foreign ports (in the Paris MOU region) 32 Estonian-flagged vessels were inspected. No detentions followed. 23 precepts were issued, and no precepts were issued in 25 instances.

Estonia is on the White List of Paris MOU, which is a sign of the high level of maritime safety on Estonian-flagged ships, the dedication of shipowners to enhancing maritime safety, and the success of the efforts of the MA in ensuring that Estonian-flagged vessels comply with all international and national requirements.

Foreign-flagged ships visiting Estonian ports were inspected in 200 instances, in compliance with Directive 2009/16/EC on port state control. Two ships were detained and 129 precepts were issued. 144 inspections ended without issuing any precepts. The majority of deficiencies were identified in the area of navigational and safety equipment.

More detailed information about the inspections can be found in the Paris MOU database.