Dec 102010

The port lifeboat fell after snap

Marshall Islands flagged Tanker Chem Faros lost its portside lifeboat while alongside in Hamburg, Germany during a class survey for newly installed limit switches. No-one was injured but the lifeboat was severely damaged.

At 0945 local time on 17 February 2010,  the Master ordered the Chief Mate and Safety officer to test vessel’s port side lifeboat due to the forthcoming class survey By DNV

They lowered the port lifeboat times and the results were satisfactory. However, during the DNV survey, on about at 1100 hrs local time, the lifeboat was launched but the brake failed and it fell into the sea.

image The problem was repeated twice more and during the second test the port side davit forward wire broke dropping the lifeboat upside down in the water.

Investigators used the Marine Systematic Cause Analysis Technique, MSCAT, from DNV for root cause analysis and concluded that the immediate or direct cause was the use of defective equipment or machinery.

Underlying causes were determined to be:

  • Inadequate maintenance
  • Assessment of needs
  • Lubrication and maintenance
  • Adjusting/assembly
  • Cleaning or resurfacing
  • Inadequate adjustment / repair / maintenance
  • Communication of need
  • Scheduling of work
  • Examination of units
  • Part substitution

With thanks to Nikos Aslanis

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