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Report shows failings in Melbourne cruise ship accident

A report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) found that a recent accident in a port that involved a cruise ship could have been prevented. The accident occurred in January, when a cruise ship with 120 passengers on board broke free of its moorings and crashed into the pier. The ship was then stranded in the pier for several days as crew members and dock workers attempted to fix the situation. The passengers were stranded in the city of Melbourne during this time. It doesn't appear that anyone was injured in the incident.

The report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau found that the people manning the bridge of the ship were unaware of the thunderstorm that was about to blow through the pier, thus freeing the ship from its moorings. The bridge members should have been on the ship prior to passengers boarding (which they weren't) as a matter of protocol, but also to hear weather updates from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Even though this cruise ship accident happened in a different country, you can see the obvious negligence that happened here, as laid out in the ATSB report. This could happen anywhere -- all it takes is a negligent bridge crew for it to happen.

Another bit of information from this story that is important to note is the length of the investigation into the crash. It took the ATSB four months to summarize and reach a conclusion on this crash. Any injured passenger in a cruise ship will have to wait a long time after the crash to hear an official decision about the causes of the crash and the problems that occurred prior to it. These reports could then be used in any civil litigation that the injured victims would file.

Source: Xinhua, "Australian cruise ship's crash into pier preventable: report," May 12, 2017

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