Scandies Rose sinking investigation reveals ice buildup
The National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation into the Shipwreck Rose Scandies found that neither the captain nor the crew were at fault, indicating instead incorrect vessel stability instructions this could have resulted in a dangerous build-up of ice.
The council voted on and accepted a series of other conclusions which were included in the report. Among them, there was no problem with the conduct of the captain or the crew or with the ship itself. The hearing took a close look at a series of welds made on the Scandies Rose, but the NTSB found that they also did not contribute to the sinking.
The NTSB also found that the ice buildup on the F / V Scandies Rose would likely have been between 6 and 15 inches on the windward side. This would have raised the boat’s center of gravity and lowered its stability, contributing to its capsizing.
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The report says that although the crew followed the stability instructions when loading the vessel, the instructions were inaccurate and left the Scandies Rose outside regulatory stability requirements.
The board also requested a monitoring program to verify stability instructions for uninspected commercial fishing vessels that are not required to carry a load line certificate. For now, this is only a recommendation to the Coast Guard.
The report also states that “the National Weather Service cannot accurately forecast the most extreme localized wind and sea conditions for the region, which may lead to vessels encountering worse than expected conditions.”
The NTSB also recommended that NOAA increase surface observation resources for the Sutwik Island and Chignik Bay area.