Beware Legionaires In The Head

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Mar 012012

Showerhead - where legions lurk. Photo: Dreamstime

Marine Safety Forum has issued a warning regarding legionella in showerheads are two of its member’s vessels tested positive for the bacteria. Symptoms of legionella infection include fever, chills, and dry cough. Advanced stages of the disease cause problems with the gastrointestinal tract and the nervous system and lead to diarrhea and nausea. Other advanced symptoms of pneumonia may also present.

Says MSF: “Recent fresh water samples taken from shower heads on two of a members vessels tested positive for active Legionella bacteria. All of the company vessels were reminded of the maintenance requirements for Fresh Water Tanks and Distribution Systems as per MGN 397 (M+F) Guidelines for the Provision of Food and Fresh Water on Merchant Ships and Fishing Vessels, and the following instructions were issued by
the company;-
“All shower heads must be cleaned in a 50 ppm chlorine solution at intervals not exceeding 3 months as per the company’s planned maintenance system, especially those in unused cabins.

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Video: Karin Schepers Aground In Cornwall – Deja Vu All Over Again?

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Aug 042011

RNLI video

At 04.30am, Falmouth Coastguard noted on its Automatic Identification system that the containership Karin Schepers was not using the traffic separation scheme correctly. All attempts were made to call the vessel by all means but the vessel went aground in the area of Cape Cornwall

The ship had run aground on a beach at Cape Cornwall.

It is the second grounding for the Antigua and Barbuda-flagged Karin Schepers. In a previous incident the officer of the watch had fallen asleep. Concern had been raised by VTS personnel and attempts to communicate with her failed.

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