USS John S McCain’s Sudden Turn Caused Collision with Alnic MC

The fatal collision between the Liberian-registered Alnic MC and the US warship USS John S McCain in August last year was caused by a sudden turn of the naval vessel into the path of the tanker, a final report into the incident by Singapore’s Transport Safety Investigation Bureau finds.

The two ships collided on August 21, 2017 in the westbound lane of the Singapore Strait, about 4.6 nautical miles from Horsburgh Lighthouse. Ten U.S. Navy sailors lost their lives in the collision.

“The safety investigation determined that the USS John S McCain made a sudden turn to port (left) into the path of Alnic MC because of a series of missteps that took place after propulsion controls were transferred,” the report reads.

As explained, the warship’s crew did not recognize the processes involved in the transfer of propulsion and steering control due to their lack of requisite knowledge of the steering control system as a result of inadequate training.

“When the bridge team of Alnic MC saw the USS John S McCain turning, it presumed that the USS John S McCain would be able to safely pass ahead. The collision happened within three minutes of the USS John S McCain turning to port, and the actions taken by Alnic MC were insufficient to avoid the collision.”

The report added that the tanker’s bridge team was not manned in accordance with the company’s safety management system and the Master did not have full support on the bridge.

Share this article

Follow World Maritime News

In Depth>

Events>

<< Nov 2019 >>
MTWTFSS
28 29 30 31 1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 1

CWC World LNG Summit & Awards Evening

The CWC World LNG Summit & Awards Evening will be returning to Rome in 2019 to celebrate it’s 20th year.

read more >

Offshore Wind Europe 2019

#OWEU19 is a meeting place for governments, developers and suppliers to grow the confidence in wind power. Perfect to grow your business by securing new customers, meeting officials and industry heads.

read more >

6th Mozambique Gas Summit & Exhibit

This year’s edition will have a revamped programme for attendees.

read more >

CrewConnect Global 2019

CrewConnect Global is the leading forum for collaboration to advance new industry approaches to seafarer recruitment and training.

read more >