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SHIP NAME: Giant Step KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
source MAIA
type D
volume Y
material
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Official Japanese investigation report. Fully laden Capesize bulk carrier was anchored off Kashima, wating a berth. Despite weather forcasts for NE gale forces winds which put him on the lee shore in poor holding ground, Master waited until winds were up to Force 8/9 before attempting to raise anchor at 0840 on 20061006. Leak in hydraulic system delayed raising the anchor by more than four hours, during which time he had to use the engine to maintain position. When they got the windless operational, the master attempted to use the engine to bring the ship forward on to the anchor at 1310. Engine exhaust over-temperature forced him to slow down, and then at 1335 they had a fire in the scavenge space, and he had to stop the engine. The windless was overloaded and all 13 shackles paid out. At 1436, they restored power to the engine, but the windless was no longer operational. He went full ahead, but once again exhaust temperature forced him to slow dow. Throughtout this period, the ship was intermittantly dragging anchor. At 1605, the Master order the anchor chain cut, which was completed at 1650. The 14 men forward took shelter in the bosun's store under the focsle deck, since it was too dangerous to go aft. Even with the engine full ahead and the helm hard to starboard, the ship would not turn into the wind. At this point the winds were Force 11. At 1720 she went aground facing 336 NW with her port side toward the shore. She listed sharply to port, cracks developed between No 7 and 8 holds, and about 0300 the next day she broke in two. The 12 crewmen aft plus one of those forward who made it aft were rescued by helicopter, 3 were able to swim ashore. The other ten were killed.


source WOININ
type L
volume
material
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link http://users.skynet.be/p.woinin/sgstep.htm

Captain Woinin's insightful take on this casualty making several points including the fact that on many modern ships the old system for quick release of the anchor cable has been dispensed with in favor of saving maybe two hundred dollars. This may be the reason it took the crew 45 minutes to release the anchor cable.


source CTX
type C
volume 5T
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The MAIA report rightly faults the Master for waiting too long to attempt to raise anchore. But from that point on it clear that his ship failed him. Twin screw could have been a big help here.

MAIA report does not give engine make, only 15,224 kw.