Denmark’s Maritime Authority, DMA, has issued guidelines for abandon ship and fire drills following a fatality aboard the containership Anna Maersk on 27 March. One Filipino seafarer was killed and a Danish officer seriously injured in the incident in Kobe, Japan when boat falls allegedly failed.
Fatalities and injuries during lifeboat drills are disturbingly common but in recent years there have been a number of reports involving fast rescue craft. DMA says: “In recent years, the shipping industry has experienced an unacceptable number of serious accidents during abandon ship drills and fire drills”.
Incidents include the fall of an FRB from the containership Tombarra in February 2011, the injury of three seafarers due to an FRB falling from British Cormorant in 2010, three injuries when an FRB fell from the Viking Discovery in 2007, and similar incidents involving FRB falls aboard British Sapphire in 2011 due to failure of an interlock.
Similar incidents have been note in the offshore industry.