Jan 302013
 
Grounded, thanks to bugs

Grounded, thanks to bugs

For the first time since it was put aboard a vessel a fast rescue craft, or daughter craft was launched to carry personnel ashore in Aberdeen. Its engine stopped, due to fuel contamination, and a second craft was sent to tow it. The second craft ran into trouble when its propeller hit a rock and both craft ended up grounding without injury to personnel but significant damage to the craft.

The following investigation showed that the daughter craft had been put onboard over a year earlier in preparation for expanding the role of the vessel to include Safety Standby activities but had not been commissioned or used. During this time water and contamination built up in the DC fuel tanks. The Management of Change process was not utilised during the planning for commissioning the DC and safety standby equipment. Continue reading »

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Jan 252013
 
Position of the FRC

Position of the FRC

It seems to MAC that two questions to be asked before a risk assessment could save lives: Is it really necessary to carry out this task right now? Is this equipment being used for its designed purpose? Consider the crushing of a bosun causing fatal internal injuries whilst painting the hull of the  the Liberian registered platform supply ship ER Athina, subject of a new investigation report from the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch.

A small patch of damaged paintwork on the hull needed touching-up. despite the cosmetic nature of the intended work and the safer option of completing the paintwork repair in the sheltered waters of an alongside berth, the master’s decision to proceed with the painting was never challenged.

Since there was to be a fast rescue craft drill it was decided to carry out both tasks at the same time, the two tasks were not separately assessed.

The chief officer led a toolbox talk on the deck adjacent to the port FRC. The talk was attended by the deck cadet, Pjero, and the
OS. The points covered in the talk followed the ship manager’s risk assessment for the launch and recovery of the FRC, and it included the possible hazards and the associated control methods during the various phases of the drill. The risks of painting the port quarter were not formally assessed and, although the task was mentioned in the toolbox talk, it was not covered in any detail. Continue reading »

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Mar 072011
 

Tombarra

Contrary to some reports the tragedy aboard the Wihelmsen-operated ro-ro car carrier Tombarra in which one mariner died and three were injured on 7 February involved a fast rescue craft, FRC, rather than a lifeboat.

Lifeboats are designed for evacuation, not recovery, a concept that has proved to be dangerously limited over the past two decades, but FRCs are, or should be designed for both launch and recovery, so the tragedies that occur when they fall are especially worrying.

An investigation is underway. Local news reports refer to the breaking of a strap. Continue reading »

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Sep 132010
 
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Six rescued seafarers. Photo: MCGA

At 1145 on September 13, the crew of the BP-operated tanker, British Cormorant was carrying out a drill with the rescue boat when one of the lines snapped injuring three crewmen on the ship and causing the rescue boat to capsize which deposited the six crewmen into the water.

The Coastguard rescue helicopter from Lee on Solent was scrambled and recovered six crewmen from the water and landed them at Bembridge on the Isle of Wight.  The helicopter then recovered a crewman to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth with suspected spinal injuries from the ship.

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Apr 232010
 

imageIf you have Hydralift davits for your fast rescue boat, FRC, you should check them, in particular the hydraulic ram eye at the cylinder end warns Marine Safety Forum. The safety following an incident during a man overboard, MOB, exercise. Fortunately no-one was hurt but the potential is evident.

An offshore installation called for a MOB Exercise. Crew boarded the starboard FRC and the launching operation commenced. Suddenly, for no apparent reason, the davit swung out violently damaging the sponson of the FRC. Hydraulic pipes and the stowing frame were also damaged. The FRC crew managed to disembark safely.

The type of failed davit is “Hydralift”, Model: HL6D-3200-MOB & SWL: 3200 Kg. Vessel was relieved and returned immediately to port for repairs and FRC  replacement.

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Watch That FRC Winch

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Aug 252008
 

From Marine Safety Forum

As part of an abandon ship exercise there was an emergency launch of the FRC. When recovering the FRC the davit winch did not seem to have full power. Just as the FRC was a deck level it started to fall. The davit driver was unable to hold the FRC, and it suddenly fell approximately 3 metres and landed in the water. The FRC crew member injured his leg.

Following x-ray it is confirmed that both bones in leg are broken and will require surgery.

Injured Person likely to be off work for 6/8 weeks.

Immediate Cause

Mechanical failure in the winch motor caused the FRC to fall. In this situation there is no brake that may stop the winch wire from running out.

Mechanical Failure

The motor is being investigated by the supplier to look for causes of failure. The maintenance of the motor was up to date and the maintenance and certification of the FRC/Davit system is up to date.

Conclusion

It was agreed between the investigation parties that his incident occurred due to a technical failure in the winch motor. The winch motor has been removed and sent to the davit supplier for further investigation.

Vessel Actions

The Master has decided that no Crew members will be on board the FRC when conducting emergency launching exercises

Improvement to the davit system is required to avoid misunderstandings during operations

Training in the use of the davit – at present only one Officer is trained for the davit operation – more persons to undergo training.

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