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Feb 252016
 

Blizzard Forces Aurora Australis Icebreaker Aground in Antarctica

Australia’s flagship icebreaker Aurora Australis has run aground in Antarctica after it breaking free from its moorings at the Mawson station during a blizzard.

Coast Guard initially didn’t think the El Faro was sinking

An officer testifies that a representative for the ship’s owner, Tote Inc., led the Coast Guard to believe the ship was disabled but the crew could fix its …

15 months jail for ex-ship inspector after giving false testimony during Lamma disaster hearing

On October 1, 2012, a Lamma passenger ferry and a Hongkong Electric Company-owned vessel collided off Yung Shue Wan, killing 39 people, in one …

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Feb 252016
 

Sailing history is rife with tales of monster-sized rogue waves — huge, towering walls of water that seemingly rise up from nothing to dwarf, then deluge, vessel and crew. Rogue waves can measure eight times higher than the surrounding seas and can strike in otherwise calm waters, with virtually no warning.

Now a prediction tool developed by MIT engineers may give sailors a 2-3 minute warning of an incoming rogue wave, providing them with enough time to shut down essential operations on a ship or offshore platform.

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Feb 242016
 

Barbecues are  great way to encourage crew bonding, boost morale, and improve shipboard atmosphere but it’s a good idea to make sure that it’s only the burgers that get burned and not you fellow crew, suggests Singapore’s Maritime & Port Authority, MPSA. The warning was triggered by several recent incidents.

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Feb 242016
 

When do deficiencies on ships cross the threshold from being a civil wrong to a criminal offence asks Apostleship of the Sea, AoS, port chaplain Reverend Roger Stone. He was speaking at a conference on Modern Slavery in Portsmouth on 10 February.

Stone, AoS port chaplain for the south coast ports in England, says he had seen deficiencies on board ships that clearly contravene health and safety regulations as well as the human and statutory rights of the crew. “This question is one that the shipping industry, port state authorities and law enforcement agencies must seriously consider when it comes to the welfare of seafarers,” he says.
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Feb 242016
 

Seafarer falls to his death carrying out ship maintenance

A 44-year-old Filipino man plunged to his death while carrying out maintenance work on a ship near Lumut in Malaysia today. Magtahas Anecito Bahian died instantly…

Crew rescued from flooded ship

The ship’s captain called for help as the ship was sinking amidst strong … The rescue ship, SAR 412, was sent to take all crew members to Da Nang …

Hit and run boxship detained in Malaysia

A German containership, , bound for scrapping in South Asia, has been detained by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), the crew accused of a hit and run…

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Feb 242016
 

After a joint concentrated inspection campaign, CIC, in September to November last year the Paris and Tokyo MoUs say that confined/enclosed space entry is generally taken seriously by the industry but there is still a way to go.

The Crew Familiarization for Enclosed Space Entry CIC did not lead to an increase in the rate of detentions however the actual compliance, shown in drills, could be better. 7.9% of drills were found to be unsatisfactory.

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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)

Feb 212016
 

Denmark’s Maritime Authority, DMA, has introduced a requirement for written safety instructions  about good safety procedures when setting and hauling nets.

In general, the safety level on board fishing vessels has improved over the last many years. However, serious accidents still occur. DMA has found that the majority of serious accidents occur in the fishing industry, especially when setting and hauling fishing gear. For example, a fisherman died in 2013 when he got stuck in the trawl while the net drum was operating.

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Feb 212016
 

In this week’s SafeSpace Replay: A ship filled with wheat, a seafarer dead in his cabin, fumigants in the holds but the holds were sealed. Weren’t they?

You might not smell trouble but you might see it coming, even if it wears a mask

 

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