A small general cargo vessel loaded steel cargo at several different ports. At the first port the vessel loaded steel plates and at the second port the vessel loaded drums of submarine cables using its own crane.
The charterer had a port captain present during the loading operation. Stevedores secured the cargo. At the third port the vessel loaded drums of another type of cable. During the loading the chief officer inspected the stowage and cargo lashings. He did not find any deficiencies and was happy with the stowage. In the afternoon the vessel sailed to another port to load some more cargo.
The vessel had to anchor to wait for its berth. The port anchor was dropped with 6 shackles. In the evening the weather deteriorated with gusting winds at Beaufort 7. This caused the vessel to roll and pitch heavily as the swell and waves were at least 4 meters high. The anchor started to drag so the master ordered the anchor to be raised. The vessel then proceeded back to its original position and dropped anchor once again. However as the weather had not improved the vessel started to pitch and roll heavily again and the anchor started to drag.
The master decided that the vessel should leave the anchorage to find shelter in the outer harbor. Once at the outer harbor the vessel drifted and kept its position by using engine commands.
The following morning the master received a message from the agent which informed him that the pilot would board the vessel after lunch. The master proceeded to the inner anchorage once again and dropped the port anchor with 7 shackles. However at lunch time the weather worsened again and the vessel started to roll and pitch heavily.
The chief officer decided that he should inspect the cargo. While walking on deck he heard a loud noise from cargo hold number 1. He found that some of the lashings and chains had become loose and the wooden wedges and dunnage were broken.
Some of the cargo drums had hit the cargo bulkhead and dented it. About an hour later the pilot embarked, the anchor was raised and the vessel was finally berthed. While alongside a surveyor boarded and inspected the cargo.
He found it to be stowed according to the cargo manual but that the wooden dunnages and wedges were too soft and weak for this type of cargo. All portable lashing materials were provided by the charterer. Most of the lashings were in good condition but some of the lashings were defective and had not been able to withstand the pitching and rolling. Otherwise, the lashings had been maintained as per the PMS (Planned Maintenance System). However there were no certificates of the lashings onboard. The master issued a sea protest because of the heavy weather.
Source: The Swedish Club