>Lessons Learned from Not Following Stability Requirements

>The Office of Investigations and Analysis (CG-545) recently issued Lessons Learned 01-10 regarding the importance of operating vessels with full regard for the vessel’s stability letter. Investigation of the 2006 sinking of the tug Valour revealed that, contrary to its stability letter, it was operated with open cross-connections between port and starboard fuel tanks. When the tug rolled in heavy weather, the cross-connection allowed for excessive transfer of fuel to the lower tank, exacerbating the roll and resulting in the sinking of the tug. This and other Lessons Learned are available on CG Homeport under Missions > Investigations > Lessons Learned. [Summary from Bryant’s Maritime Blog].