Jan 262013
 
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Are you communicating or just talking? Image courtesy of imagerymajestic at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Talking is not communication of the other person thinks you mean something other than what you do mean. Take this safety alert from Marine Safety Forum:

A PSV was carrying out a routine operation of loading fresh water at the quayside. During the bunkering process the duty AB reported that the water hose was showing signs of damage and was leaking heavily. The Officer on duty then stopped the water delivery, shut down the system and called the quayside requesting that the water men come and change out the hose.

After the hose was changed out and the duty AB tied up the hose in an effort to ensure that it would not get damaged against the ship’s hull. He then asked the waterman if ‘this is ok?’ meaning was the water man satisfied with how the hose was secured. The water man assumed that the AB meant that it was ‘ok’ to turn the water on again, which they did.

At the same time as the water men turned the water back on the AB called the bridge to inform the duty officer that the hose was connected and the water valves could be opened up again. Before the duty Officer had time to open the ships valves back pressure had built up in the hose on the quayside and caused the hose to part at the ’wire seizing’ collar connecting the hose to the camlock coupling between the hose joints on the quayside.

The hose parted with force causing the ‘ships end’ of the hose to whip on board and strike the AB on the chest area. Continue reading »

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Jan 192011
 

Gas bottles should be transported on gas racks when being transferred. If a gas rack is not available then consider moving the gas bottles one by one, says a safety flash from Marine Safety Forum.

Says an MSF safety alert: “The ship’s crew were loading stores using the ships crane, a pallet holding 6 gas bottles snagged on a deck fitting as it was being lowered onto the deck. The pallet tilted causing the bottles to slip from the securing bands and fall onto the deck from a height of approximately 1 metre.
•    The crew had not carried out a risk assessment for the operation.
•    The securing arrangements of the bottles on the pallet were not checked prior to lifting, as
the banding straps had worked loose during transportation.
•    There were 6 bottles on the wooden pallet, 4 Acetylene and 2 Oxygen.

This incident has highlighted a need for ship’s crew to be vigilant when performing common tasks, such as loading stores using the ships crane.

All lifting operations should be risk assessed.

All pallets should be checked to ensure goods on them are secure and cannot fall off.

If crews are in doubt then the lift should not be undertaken and the pallet rejected for loading.

Oxygen and Acetylene Gas bottles should where possible be transported in gas racks.

Best practice and the safest method for transportation and lifting onboard is by gas racks but if the bottles are delivered on pallets then consideration should be given to the lifting of the bottles
individually from the pallet onto the vessel.

When lifting gas bottles individually and no rack is available, the lifting strop should be attached so that the bottle cannot slip. Never lift a bottle using the transportation cap.

It is recommended that Gas Racks would be the preferred transportation method for gas bottles.

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Nov 122010
 

Winter weather could increase hazard during deck operations warns the Marine Safety Forum in its latest Safety Flash.

Says MSF: “Following two recent incidents during routine deck operations, one of which has been risked ranked as significant, this notice has been issued as a reminder to all involved in these operations.
Specifically with the onset of worse weather during the winter everyone should take time to  evaluate all the risks involved in these operations.

The following are items raised from the recent incidents. Continue reading »

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Aug 092010
 
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Tugger wasn't tough enough

Homemade tools don’t belong onboard says Marine Safety Forum in its lastest Safety Flash concerning an incident that could have resulted in serious injury.

A supply vessel was instructed to return to port due to poor weather conditions at the field. The Captain instructed the deck crew to ensure the containers on deck were adequately secured using chain lashings. The chain lashings were put in place and the decision taken by the deck crew to use the tugger winch to tighten the lashings. When the tugger was tensioned up the chain lashing parted and a piece of flying debris struck and broke the bridge centre aft window.

The investigation found that a home chain connection (a piece of chain welded to a stainless steel shackle) had at some stage been introduced into the cargo lashing system. This was probably done so the tugger wire hook could be quickly connected.

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Jun 032010
 
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Damage from the Far-Grimshader incident

Marine Safety Forum’s All Members Meeting held on the 27 May 2010 cover a wide swathe of safety issues, including an examination of the Far-Grimshader contact incident which ‘could have been another Bourbon Dolphin tragedy’, to hose handling, concerns over GPS hacking and behavioural safety.

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Jan 072009
 

Marine Safety Forum has a new Chairman, Mr Karl Fear. Brian Turnbull has handed over the reigns to Karl which became effective on the 1st January 2009. Brian will now be the Vice Chairman.

2009 will also see the MSF website being updated and cleared of previous years Guidelines/Safety Alerts/Notices/Workgroup topics etc. All the past information will still be available on request from the secretary.

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