Jul 292015
 

If you can read the label on your liferaft hydrostatic release unit without standing on your head then it may be incorrectly installed, suggests a warning from Marine Safety Forum. Worth noting that the problem was identified onboard a vessel during an internal inspection only two days after a flag state safety equipment survey.

The discovery concerned Thanner 4 Year Hydrostatic Release Units which comprise a hydrostatic bolt within a frame. When the release operates, the bracket comes free of the bolt, allowing the raft to float free. At this point the painter should remain attached to the ship via a small wire weak link; the same would apply if the raft had been released manually. If the release unit has been fitted upside down, as has been found recently as shown below left, the weak link is not connected to the ship. Therefore, upon release, the raft would be allowed to float free without inflating, which could result in an evacuating crew having a very bad day.

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Feb 082013
 
Hard to find painter knife

Hard to find painter knife

Know your liferaft – when the beam trawler Betty G capsized on 23 July 2012 the three crew took to the vessel’s liferaft and looked for a knife to cut the painter. They couldn’t find it and one crew member had to go back aboard the trawler to find one. Due to their unfamiliarity with the liferaft they did not know that a knife was secured in a black pocket on the roof of the raft.

A newly-released report from the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch, MAIB, says the vessel capsized as a result of the  load in the starboard trawl net releasing  suddenly. Betty G then progressively  flooded and sank. The crew acted  swiftly and deployed the liferaft, which  ultimately saved their lives. No distress message was transmitted and no alarm was raised, even though the vessel was fitted with an emergency position indicating radio beacon, EPIRB, and an MOB Guardian.

As in other cases, the EPIRB was kept in the wheelhouse and could not float free. To maximise effectiveness, an EPIRB should be registered, regularly checked and serviced, and fitted in a float-free canister with a hydrostatic release. Continue reading »

Aug 042010
 

imageCheck the senhouse slips on your liferafts once a month says Marine Safety Forum following an incident in which a liferaft accidentally launched from a North Sea PSV while the vessel was under way.

The life-raft was subsequently inflated by the painter as it streamed down the side of the vessel and had to be recovered.

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Mar 122009
 

Canada-based marine evacuation technologies firm Mad Rock has teamed up withlifeboat service organisation Oceanwide Safety at Sea of the Netherlands, which is moving into building hyperbaric lifeboats and sells rescue crafts, custom designed workboats and second hand lifeboats.Hyperbaric lifeboat

Hyperbaric lifeboats, HLBs, enable divers to evacuate from pressurized environments on board ships in an emergency. The HLB includes all ancillary equipment, including life?support systems giving independent survival for up to 72 hours.

Mad Rock has partnered with Oceanwide to install the RocLocMad Rock technician works on as lifeboat release hook 12 tonne on its hyperbaric new builds. Oceanwide SaS is also a trained service centre for Mad Rock hooks.

Dean Pelley, CEO and President of Mad Rock says “We are Our work together started with Oceanwide providing us with installation and service assistance. Now they have become a valued customer. It is a great way to build a strong partnership.”

For More Information:
www.madrock.ca
http://www.oceanwidesafety.nl/

Oct 132007
 

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The Northern Echo – Darlington,UK
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