Brand new, highly automated French ship built at Gydnia.
As a result, BV allowed 18 man crew for a 165239 dwt ship.
Has a battery based, system for maintaining 24 V DC power
to generator control circuits.
The power from the automatically charging batteries
is passed thru a voltage stabilizer.
The stabilizer tripped on overload
for reasons the Australians could not ascertain.
System was not fail safe, so it shut off,
and all three generators shut down.
The emergency generator started automatically
and synced into the emergency swbd in 8 seconds.
However, due to a loose connection in a control box,
the rudder would not turn to starboard
which is what they needed.
Apparently, this circuit had never been tested.
The ship had discovered a number of other loose connections
in the first few months of service.
The Master let go the anchors;
the ship ran over the starboard anchor as it grounded,
holing No 4 water ballast tank.