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NZ Company of Master Mariners

New Zealand Company of Master Mariners Incorporated

Company Bulletin - AUGUST 2022
This Bulletin is published bi-monthly in even-numbered months to keep members updated with items of general company information. A copy is emailed directly from the Company to each member for whom the Company holds an email address. Hard-copies are not distributed by the Company but may be available through Branch Secretaries. 

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We welcome your contribution - Deadline is 5th of even numbered months. Please forward news to the General Secretary
With great regret we record the death in August of Captain Angus Campbell .

We congratulate Captain Ted Ewbank who has been accorded the accolade of Life membership
We are pleased to welcome Captain Simon Griffiths RNZN (Wellington Branch) and Alexander Newman (Auckland Branch) as members.

Please ensure that any changes of contact details (address, email etc) are advised to your Branch Secretary - preferably by email with CC to the General Secretary. 
The General Secretary visited Captain Ted Ewbank at home
to present his certificate as Life Member

The Company AGM was held in Christchurch on Wednesday 10 August hosted by the Christchurch Branch at the Canterbury Club. 14 members attended.

A Rule Change remit, in respect of membership criteria, from the Wellington Branch was agreed, as was a rule change resulting from a decision at last year's AGM that levies on Life Members should be discontinued. An updated copy of the Rules Book will be posted to the website once registration with Companies Office is completed. 

As noted above, Life Membership has been accorded to former Master Ted Ewbank in recognition of six years as Master and service as Warden of the Auckland Branch. 

The Draft Minutes of the meeting are here

Members are welcome at all Branch and Company meetings.
Please contact the Branch Secretary for details and to RSVP.

Meets at the Remuera Club, Ohinerau St, Remuera Auckland, Lunch meetings 1200, Evenings 1830. 
Planned meeting:13 October 2022 Lunch.
Advance Notice (!) 9 August 2023 - Company AGM
For details of all Auckland meetings and events please
contact the Branch Secretary.

For details of planned activities in Christchurch please
contact the Branch Secretary.      
Meets at the Mt Maunganui RSA. For details etc please
contact the Branch Secretary 

Meets at the Bolton Hotel, just off The Terrace in the CBD at Noon on the second Wednesday of each month. 
The September meeting is on September 14th at the usual time. The Company's Patron, His Excellency Dr Richard Davies, will be the speaker. 
For details of other Wellington meetings and to RSVP please
contact the Branch Secretary

Wellington Branch, Report of July Meeting
Captain Ken Watt opened the 13th of July meeting by welcoming guest speaker Naveen Mathew, Acting Chief Investigator of Accidents for the TAIC

Naveen holds a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering and a master’s degree in naval architecture from the University of Southampton. He is leading a multidisciplinary team of  Investigators and other subject matter experts to investigate very serious aviation, marine and rail accidents in New Zealand.

Naveen held the attention of the meeting for nearly an hour. Naveen’s talk revolved around the Commission’s objectives, which is to determine the circumstances and causes of accidents and incidents with a view to avoiding similar occurrences in the future. This resonates with a phrase that is etched in the NTSB training centre glass window that says, “From tragedy, we draw knowledge to protect the safety of us all.”

To set the scene, Naveen articulated the introduction of a simple “checklist” as a tool in 1935 which could have avoided prototype Boeing Model 299, 'X13372', the future B-17 prototype, that crashed on take-off, due to locked control surfaces, killing early military aviator and test pilot Major Ployer Peter Hill. Some people cite the inadvertent take-off configuration which caused this accident (forgetting to unlock the control surfaces before takeoff) as the origin of today’s ubiquitous aviation “checklist”. After the introduction of the checklist, to mitigate risk and avoid something similar in the future, 12,000 B299 Flying fortresses were ordered which became the daylight strategic bombing campaign of World War II.

Naveen added that checklists and risk assessments are only effective if realistic control measures are put in place to mitigate the hazards that have been identified. Presenting the example of the container Vessel, Rio De La Plata, a life-threatening injury occurred to a crew member during unmooring operations, at Timaru Port, on 14 November 2020. In summary, the person in a supervisory role remains an observer and does not take part in the actual work or handling of the operation, which was one of the factors of this incident. Although there was a comprehensive Safety Management system onboard there was a lack of adherence.

It was a great mix of the Commission’s objective, history, organisation structure and a few case studies. Naveen walked us through the investigation process and the various levers involved. TAIC is a group of Subject Matter Experts to investigate specific types of accidents and are knowledgeable in the area of expertise.

Something that caught everyone’s attention was when Naveen narrated the sequence of the bulk log carrier Funing, an accident investigation due to loss of manoeuvrability while leaving Port of Tauranga, on 6 July 2020.

As a Safety investigation body, TAIC, has a Systems based approach, the assumption here is that the statistical probability of humans making an error is 100%.  In findings, it surfaced that there was a complete breakdown of the communication between the Master and Chief Engineer meaning that the bridge team were not fully aware of the problem with the main engine, nor its implications in respect of vessel manoeuvrability.

It was interesting to know that TAIC goes beyond just root-cause analysis to understand various underlying reasons leading to an accident. In this case, it was the company’s culture, the culture of empowerment, communication breakdown and information exchange between the departments
In closing,

Master of the Company, Captain Eric Good, thanked Naveen for such an informative presentation.

- Captain Raminder Anand

Officers of the Company:
MASTER              - Captain Eric Good RNZN (Rtd)
Warden Auckland        - Captain Chris Barradale    
Warden Christchurch  - Captain Phillip Sweetman   
Warden Tauranga        - Captain Ken Camp             
Warden Wellington      - Captain John Mansell        
Hon General Secretary - Cdr Larry Robbins RNZN (Rtd)

Branch Secretaries:
Auckland                       - Cdr Mark Longstaff RNZN (Rtd)
Christchurch                 - Captain Geoff Swallow         
                      - Captain Gordon Rutherford  
Wellington                     - Captain Raminder Anand   

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