Nov 052014

Investigations are underway to establish the cause of the sinking of the Fraserburgh-based trawler Ocean Way some 100 miles east of the Farne Islands in the North Sea on Sunday, 2 November, but already a sadly familiar issue has already surfaced: lifejackets were not worn.

Search and rescue efforts to locate two missing crewmembers have been suspended. Two survivors and the body of the deceased skipper were pulled from the water. Neither survivor, nor the body of the skipper wore lifejackets.

A vessel can come to grief with extraordinary swiftness. There may be little time to launch a liferaft or to find and don lifejackets. Without a flotation device the extra effort needed to keep afloat encourages the onset of hypothermia and prevents seafarers helping each other. Continue reading »

Jul 102014

waterlightSinking lifebuoys have already appeared on MAC, now the US Coast Guard has issued an alert regarding replacement batteries on emergency equipment. In this case it was the floating water light attached to  lifebuoy that sank thanks to a replacement battery that was the wrong weight.

While conducting an annual inspection a Coast Guard inspector picked up a ring buoy’s water light and noticed that it felt heavier than usual. The master of the vessel was notified and he then agreed to perform a float test. When the ring buoy and its water light were tossed into the water, the water light instantly sank about 5’ to the end of its painter. Apparently, the last time the battery was replaced, a heavier battery than the manufacturer’s recommended battery was used. This occurred despite the water light’s labelled instructions regarding the correct battery type. Continue reading »

Apr 182014

greaseGreasing palms is not unknown in the maritime industry but greasing a little finger is somewhat rarer. Although this warning from Marine Safety Forum, MSF concerns a non-maritime incident there may still be the potential for it.

The operator was using a handheld grease gun to lubricate various grease points on earth-moving plant when he felt a sharp prick to his right little finger and on inspection noticed a small hole. On squeezing the finger about a teaspoon of grease was ejected.

He had not been wearing gloves.

Medical attention was sought resulting in a lengthy operation and removal of a vein in the forearm. This was replaced with an artificial vein.

MSF says: “At this time the operation appears successful however constant medical monitoring and surgery care is paramount to a successful rehabilitation.” Continue reading »

Mustang Inflatables Might Not

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Oct 162012

View of lot number through fabric.

US Coast Guard says it has become aware of certain Mustang Survival Inflatable PFDs with Hammar MA1 hydrostatic (HIT) inflation systems which may not inflate and require a new re-arm kit to properly inflate by manual or automatic activation. It has issued a safety alert which identifies which products are affected.

Certain inflatable PDFs may be subject to delayed or non-inflations. To determine if you are affected please follow these instructions:

The affected products are –

Mustang Product                                                                                   USCG Approval
MA7214 HIT inflatable re-arm kit                                                     N/A
MA7218 HIT inflatable re-arm kit for LIFT                                    N/A
MD0450 Inflatable Vest PFD with LIFT                                         160.076/8611/0
MD0451 Inflatable Vest PFD with LIFT (no harness)                160.076/5204/0
MD3183 Deluxe Inflatable PFD with HIT                                       160.076/5201/0
MD3184 Deluxe Inflatable PFD with HIT (with harness)          160.076/8608/0
MD3188 Inflatable Work Vest/PFD with HIT                                160.076/5300/0
MD3188 Inflatable Work Vest/PFD with HIT                                160.053/116/0

Continue reading »

Dec 072011

Check for the model number on the back of the PFD above the UL logo

Some models of personal flotation devices produced by Mustang Survival have been found to have an inflator installation inconsistency that may prevent some units from fully inflating with CO2 and are being recalled. The affected models are MD2010 and MD2012 model 22LB sold in the US in 2011. Alerts have been issued by the US Coast Guard and by Mustang Survival which had issued a voluntary recall notice.

Mustang products with white labels are not affected by the recall. Similarly, MD2010 or MD2012 PFDs with an “MIT” stamp are useable and do not need to be returned.

AnyMD2010/MD2012 missing the “MIT” stamp should be returned to Mustang

Mustang Survival has developed a solution that corrects any affected product and prevents re-occurrence of this issue. The inspection and repair can only be performed at a Mustang Survival factory.

See Mustang Alert here.