The perfect Storm
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‘The perfect Storm’ is a book based on the true story of men who were caught in a storm in October 1991. The story majors on the six crew members abode the Andrea Gail, a swordfish boat. On the 28th of October 1991, a storm which happens every hundred years hit the Atlantic. The storm had waves that went up to 100 feet high. By this time, the Andrea Gail was about 500 miles from the show. The last words radioed in by the captain of the boat were “she is coming in boys, she’s coming in strong” the boat and all the crew disappeared without a trace.
Work breakdown structure (WBS)
A fishing expedition is a project like any other. There are tasks that have to be done before and during the expedition and just like any project, these tasks have to be put into a work breakdown structure to make them easier to undertake. The tasks are arranged in relation to each other so that time spent doing a task is considerably reduced as one task leads to another.
Responsibility assignment Matrix (RAM)
There were six crew members abode the Andrea Gail. Billy Tyne was the captain of the boat while the rest were mostly fishermen and other workers needed on such an expedition.
Crew Members Billy Tyne Robert “Bobby” Shatford Dale “Murph” Murphy David “Sully” Sullivan Michael “Bugsy” Moran Alfred Pierre
Arrange for free time R R R R R R
Arrange supplies and equipment I R R R R R
Prepare menus I R R R R R
Identify sources R I I I I I
Purchase supplies A R R R R R
Make site preparations A R R R R R
Select site R I I I I I
Select route R I I I I I
Catch fish C R R R R R
Load vessel A R R R R R
Prepare living space I R R R R R
Pack personal effects R R R R R R
R: Responsible for task
A: Accountable for task
5 most important risks
1. Critical stability
In order not to sink, every fishing vessel should be stable enough. Stability is affected by such things as cargo, condition of vessel and environment.
2. Forces of the sea
Most sea fishing is done in deep seas. The sea has a life of its own. The ship should be able to brave the forces of the sea including storms. However on this last trip, the Andrea Gail was not able to survive ‘the perfect storm’. She was never found and the whole crew disappeared thanks to bad weather.
3. Entanglement in nets
Fishing vessels have lots of fishing nets that are used to catch fish. The nets are usually very big and it is possible for a fisherman to get tangled in a net.
4. Falling overboard and drowning
Most fishing vessels have low rails so as to enable the fishermen to haul the fishing nets in and out of the vessel. It is possible to fall over the rail and drown especially when hauling a catch in. this risk had very high chances of happening since the crew members would take all day fishing and they would be tired which could ultimately increase their chances of falling over the boat.
5. Wet and cold conditions
Those going for a fishing venture in the deep sea should expect wet and cold conditions. The crew should have waterproof clothing.
Risk matrix on 5 most important risks
Negligible Significant Critical Catastrophic
Certain Wet and cold conditions
Probable Entanglement in nets
Occasional Falling overboard and drowning
Unlikely Forces of the sea
Rare Critical stability
6 least important risks
Cargo shift can lead to loss of stability of any sea vessel. However, the Andrea Gail had little chance of experiencing such a problem.
Icing can be dangerous especially for small vessels such as the Andrea Gail. On this particular trip however, it was an unlikely risk.
Human factor- management
Most of the crew members abode the Andrea Gail were experienced sea men. They had gone for numerous trips in the deep sea and were therefore unlikely to mismanage the boat or make any mistakes in judgment.
External heeling moments
It was unlikely that this could pose a major threat as chances of it happening were very low.
Cargo and ballast operations
The Andrea Gail was carrying fish as most of its cargo. The probability of this posing a risk is next to none.
Fire and explosion
Since the Andrea Gail was not carrying any explosives as cargo, this risk had very low chances of happening.
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