During vessel operations, a porthole in a passenger’s cabin was left untightened and slightly ajar. This allowed for seawater to enter the cabin and seep into the electrical socket under the porthole causing a short circuit resulting in burnt wiring and smoke in the cabin. A passenger observed the smoke and raised the alarm; the response team attended the scene and immediately isolated the supply.
The Master subsequently held a time out for safety – involving all passengers and crew – to highlight the safety failings, potential outcomes and improvements required regarding this near miss.
What went wrong?
- Cabin occupants failed to ensure that portholes were closed during vessel transit.
What actions were taken?
- Ensure all are given full and appropriate vessel induction when boarding, and that all are aware of the need to maintain watertight integrity at all times;
- Ensure full and effective watertight integrity inspections are made and confirmed when leaving port.