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Feb 212016
 

Norway's Petroleum Safety Authority, PSA,  says an improperly adjusted winch brake, which it refers to as 'vulnerable', led to the unintentionally launch of a lifeboat from the mobile unit Mærsk Giant at about 05.10 on Wednesday 14 January 2015.

This incident occurred during testing of the lifeboat systems.

During testing, one of the lifeboats unintentionally descended to the sea. Efforts were made to activate the manual brake on the lifeboat winch, but it was not working. The lifeboat entered the water and drifted beneath the unit. The steel wires holding it were eventually torn off.

After the incident, the lifeboat drifted away from Mærsk Giant, accompanied by a standby vessel. The lifeboat eventually reached land at Obrestad south of Stavanger.

Nobody was in the lifeboat when the incident occurred, and no personnel were injured.

The PSA conducted an investigation which established that the direct cause of the incident was a reduction in the braking effect of the brake on the lifeboat winch owing to faulty adjustment. If the manual brake failed during maintenance with people in the lifeboat, or during an actual evacuation, serious personal injury or deaths could have resulted.

Should the lifeboat have descended during an actual evacuation, a partially filled lifeboat could have reached the sea without a lifeboat captain on board. The PSA also considers it likely that people would have been at risk of falling from the lifeboat or the muster area should a descent have started. The potential consequence could be fatalities.

Five nonconformities were identified by this investigation. These related to

  • maintenance routines for the lifeboat davit system
  • training
  • procedures relating to lifeboats and evacuation
  • periodic programme for competent control and ensuring the expertise of personnel carrying out maintenance work
  • qualification and follow-up of contractors.

Mærsk Giant is operated by Maersk Drilling Norge.

PSA Report (Norwegian)

Apr 012015
 

Given the enthusiasm displayed by lifeboats to fall off their hooks with depressing regularity one would hope that fitting a fall prevention device, FPD, to a lifeboat during drills is regarded as good seamanship these days. On the other hand one that is not properly arranged is not going to do its job, as a safety alert from Marine Safety Forum, MSF, explains.

An MSF member reports that during hoisting of a starboard lifeboat, it reached the upper deck, it was noticed that the FPD was not properly secured or attached to the lifeboat. Continue reading »

Jan 192015
 

Norway's Petroleum Safety Authority is investigation the fall of an umanned lifeboat from the rig Maersk Giant during a test in which a wire rope broke, dropping the lfeboat which then drifted underneath the facility.  Later the lifeboat drifted away from Mærsk Giant with an emergency vessel as escort. Continue reading »

Dec 182014
 

We are all familiar with, and rather tired of, lifeboat hazards but a safety alert from the US Coast Guard combines that with confined space risks, too. Yes, in certain circumstances a lifeboat can be a confined space.

A Port State Control inspector was on board a tanker to conduct a examination. In anticipation of the examination, the crew opened the hatch to the freefall lifeboat to let it air out. As the inspector entered the lifeboat his gas meter alarmed and he quickly exited. Upon investigation, it was confirmed with ship’s equipment that carbon monoxide had collected in the lifeboat.

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Nov 232014
 

One seafarer died and two were injured on Friday, 21 November in an incident involving what appears to have been  a fast rescue   craft. It is the fourth lifeboat/FRC fatality in the past two months.

Details of the incident remain sketchy. German-language newspaper Spiegel says that the boat fell 11 metres, 30 feet, into the water from the chemical tanker MTM Westport resulting in the death of a 57 year old seafarer and injuries to two others who were thrown out of the boat on impact. The Hong-Kong-flagged vessel with officers and crew from Myanmar, Ukraine and Russia,  was at anchor in the North Sea off the Elbe estuary.

In May 2014 MTM Westport was detained in Argentine due to nine deficiencies, none involving lifeboat or FRC equipment.

 

Nov 022014
 

coralprincessOne seafarer is dead and another injured following the fall of a lifeboat (Initial reports referred to a rescue craft) while being recovered aboard the Bermuda-flagged cruise ship Corel Princess in Colon, Panama. An investigation is underway and the full circumstances are not yet known but the incident will certainly bring attention to long-standing concerns regarding the safety of fast rescue craft/fast rescue boats in recent years.

In a statement quoted on the Cruiselaw website Princess cruises says: ""On October 24 two of our crew members were in one of the ship’s rescue boats doing some maintenance work on the hull of Coral Princess. When the boat was being raised back onboard the ship, one of the cables that raises and lowers the boat parted, and the boat dropped back into the water with our two crew members inside.' Continue reading »

Oct 092014
 

PSAlifeboatSparked by a freefall lifeboat incident nine years ago Norway's Petroleum Safety Authority will chew on comments regarding proposed new lifeboat safety rules over the next few months. The aim, says the PSA is "returning us to the level of safety we thought prevailed in 2005”.

Some 480 lifeboats may be affected and the offshor industry has alleged that the regulations could cost $10bn to implement. While the changes will apply to operations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, NCS, it is likely that PSA's opposite number, the UK's Health and Safety Authority, may review its own regulations on lifeboats. Continue reading »

Oct 092014
 

lsablurMAC has been contacted by the Head of Marine and HSSEQ of a major shipowner with concerns regarding the non-compliance with the LSA Code of freefall lifeboats being installed in a newbuild. The non-compliance presents a potential hazard which may result in death or injury under certain conditions and possible problems with PSC inspections and others.

Efforts are underway to resolve the situation with the lifeboat manufacturer however the same issue may arise with other lifeboat designs.

Despite type-approval and acceptance by by a major classification society the design does not comply with LSA Code Chapter IV 4.7.2.2 which calls for at least 650mm free clearance in front of the backrest but in this design the distance is only about 150mm which under certain circumstances can be fatal to any person sitting in that seat.

In addition to the personal injury hazard the non-compliance may put the vessel at risk of detention in event of port state control inspection.

It is recommended that shipowners should ensure that lifeboats aboard their vessels are appropriately compliant and that Masters ensure that freefall lifeboats aboard their vessel are compliant and take necessary action in event of non-compliance.

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