FRC Righting Bag Cylindre Had Slow Blow

 close call, Fast Rescue Boat/Craft, maritime safety news  Comments Off on FRC Righting Bag Cylindre Had Slow Blow
Dec 282012
 
A very slight hissing noise was heard after unplugging the battery power cable indicating that the air bottle had been activated.

A very slight hissing noise was heard after unplugging the battery power cable indicating that the air bottle had been activated.

Flotation righting bags are an essential safety component of Fast Rescue Craft, FRC. The experience of a Marine Safety Forum, MSF, member described in a recent safety alert suggests that it might be a good idea to check the air cylindre and its connections.

Says MSF: “The fast rescue craft on an anchor handler was being prepared for an MOB drill with the rig. A crew member was attempting to gain safe access to the FRC to unplug the battery power charge by holding onto the A frame. In doing so, he had inadvertently disturbed an exposed section of the activation cable for the
floatation righting bag.

The exposed cable for the righting bag exited the protective tubing on the A frame and connects to the trigger mechanism of the air bottle.

A very slight hissing noise was heard after unplugging the battery power cable indicating that the air bottle had been activated. Closer inspection revealed that the activation cable could be wriggled to stop the flow of air.

Since air had been partly discharged, it was decided to pull the cable and activate the righting bag fully.

FRC Make and Model: MARE GTC 700 Rigid Fast Rescue Craft.

The exposed section of activation cable exiting the protective tubing and leading to trigger mechanism was accidently disturbed when crew member was gaining safe access by holding onto the A-frame resulting in
partial activation of the trigger mechanism
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Air Bottles In Your Bottom Can Hurt

 lifeboat, Safety Alerts  Comments Off on Air Bottles In Your Bottom Can Hurt
Jun 152009
 

Ear, earOf course you regularly check fire extinguishers for corrosion and environmental conditions that might encourage corrosion (You do, don’t you?) but what about the air bottles in your totally enclosed lifeboat?

It shouldn’t be necessary to point out that sea water will corrode gas cylindres but as the photos below show, it’s worth a reminder.

These are not new and come from a 2006 Schatt-Harding presentation to the Nautical Institute.

So check out those air cylindres to avoid a hurt bottom

Bottomed Out

 

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