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SHIP NAME: Berge Banker KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
source LMIU
type C
volume 890B
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In collision with tanker Skaubay in Galveston lightering area 05 Feb 1995 Holed 2 m by 1 m in starboard bow 890 barrels of bunker fuel discharged Oil sheen in water Lightering carried out Sailed 16 Feb for Dubai for repairs Ar 02 Apr. Left Dubai dry dock prev 13 Jun after repairs.


source NRC, Oil Spill Risks from tank Vessel Lightering
type D
volume 850B
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On February 5,1995 at 0940 local time, the service vessle Skaubay collided with the Berge Banker during the approach phase of a lightering operation. The weather was clear, winds were from the west at 10 to 15 knots, and seas were one to three feet. Mooring master on Skaubay order Banker to maintain 270 degrees and come up to a speed of 5.5 knots. Banker was not going as fast as mooring master thought and ships collided.


source CTX
type C
volume 900B
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This casualty occured wile the Skaubay was attempting to come alongside Banker, always a dicey operation. The NRC blames lack of communication, but it is not clear what communication could have done in this case. Visibility was good.

Assuming the somewhat confused and confusing NRC summary is correct, the screw up was early in the approach process. The Skaubay must have been going more or less south (NRC says at 10 kts) and turned toward the west to come parallel to the Banker. But them why would the Skaubay reduce rudder at the last minute (maybe an attempt to pass astern). Anyway looks like a simple misjudgement on the part of the mooring master. The amazing thing is that it does not happen more oftem

If ships were equipped with cylinder cut-out, the mooring could be done at lower speeds. If ships were twin screw, they would have far more manueverabilty at these speeds.

Some reports say Banker was hit in "forward cargo tank" but this makes no sense at all.

USCG says 900 barrels BFO spilled,

There is a stark contrast between the quality of US reporting and the UK/Australian Investigation reports.

This spill is double counted in the MSIS database.