Lookout! Issue 27, December 2012
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I began my role as Chief Executive of Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) at the beginning of December 2011 – two months after Rena became a household name in New Zealand.
A relaxing fishing trip in idyllic surroundings ended in the death of a friend and a criminal conviction for the owner of a dinghy who ignored basic safety precautions.
Two men had a lucky escape from harm after a large wave capsized their vessel as they motored into an inlet in darkness, but the outcome could have been very different.
The trouble with trouble is that it can happen anywhere, at any time, to anyone. It doesn’t matter how experienced you are or how many years you’ve had on the water – if you can’t call for help, no one can rescue you.
The 60-year-old worker was working alone, unsupervised at night, and was not wearing any safety restraint. The vessel was tied up at a dock, and he hit the wharf face as he fell to the weatherdeck.
A tourist fell through a cabin hatch left open and unguarded by the skipper, and had to be hospitalised with a serious injury. The passenger sustained a fractured lower leg, requiring surgery in hospital.
A breakdown in communication led to two jet boats speeding towards each other in a narrow stream and colliding on a blind corner. The collision occurred while enjoying a day out exploring local waterways.
A woman was thrown into the air and landed hard, injuring her back, when a boat crossed the wake of a larger vessel heading in the opposite direction.
A bulk carrier heading into a busy commercial port suddenly lost power and steerage in the main shipping lane, when a crewman adjusted the wrong valve.
Children were among a group of passengers who got an unexpected dousing when the bow of the catamaran they were on dropped into a wave.
Five men were affected by toxic fumes after pitch/bitumen vapour was released from a cargo vessel alongside the wharf where they were working. The ship was preparing to unload pitch.
Commercial and recreational safety clips are now available in bite-sized chunks on YouTube.