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Pilot and crew ran ship aground because they ignored navigation equipment

POOR navigation and poor 'bridge resource management' were the cause of the 4,500-TEU Leda Maersk, running aground last June in a New Zealand's South Island Port of Otago near Dunedin, an official inquiry has concluded

Pilot and crew ran ship aground because they ignored navigation equipment

POOR navigation and poor 'bridge resource management' were the cause of the 4,500-TEU Leda Maersk, running aground last June in a New Zealand's South Island Port of Otago near Dunedin, an official inquiry has concluded

30 October 2019 - 19:00

POOR navigation and poor 'bridge resource management' were the cause of the 4,500-TEU Leda Maersk, running aground last June in a New Zealand's South Island Port of Otago near Dunedin, an official inquiry has concluded.

New Zealand's Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC), the official state transport accident investigator said the pilot and crew did not look at the navigation instrumentation on the bridge of the ship, which is the immediate cause of why it ran aground.



They were looking out of the window rather than using the ship?s navigation equipment. Those navigation aids 'clearly showed the ship deviating from the centre of the channel,' the inquiry said.



Thus, the standard of bridge resource management aboard the Leda Maersk 'fell short of industry good practice' and that the bridge crew were not fully following the policies and procedures of the company, reported American Shipper.



Port Otago's policies, procedures and compliance monitoring during pilot operations also 'fell short of meeting good industry standards,' said the inquiry.


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