Don’t Be A Dummy In MOB Drills

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Aug 292011

Rail gave way while retrieving MOB drill dummy

During a routine man overboard exercise, the boat crew of the daughter craft attempted to recover the dummy over the hand rail. As the boatman leaned against the hand rail to reach down, the rail gave way causing him to lose balance and fall into the water.

The boatman was quickly recovered and returned to the mother vessel for treatment.

The hand rail that gave way was a removable hand rail, designed to give better access for recovering casualties. If best practice had been followed, then this hand rail would have been removed on approach to casualty.


  • Follow company procedures and best practice
  • when recovering dummies out of the water. This includes removal of hand rails and use of Jason’s cradles where applicable.
  • All DC hand rails to be checked for damage to welds, security of fittings and any other defects. Any defects must be reported to the vessel Superintendent and FRC workshop. immediately.
  • The above checks to be included in the FRC / DC weekly checks.
  • Please discuss this Safety Alert immediately with your boat crews & at your next safety
  • meeting.

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Blue Angel: Luck and CPR

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Jul 222011

Ble Angel, victim's position posed in foreground

If ever an argument had to be made for effective CPR training the report on a man overboard incident from the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch is it. After 4.5 to six minutes at about 40 metres the victim was brought up with no signs of life, given CPR for several minutes then started to cough, was medevaced and has made a full recovery.

The victim suffered a burst lung and other injuries due to immersion at depth.

The incident also shows the enormous value of having a knife easily available in sch circumstances.

Here’s the MAIB synopsis:

At 1248 UTC on 6 January 2011, a fisherman on board the 8.24m potter Blue Angel was dragged overboard when his leg became caught in the back rope of a fleet of creels that was being shot over the stern. He was submerged for several minutes at a depth of up to 40 metres before the two remaining crewmen managed to recover him on board and administer first-aid. A coastguard helicopter arrived on scene swiftly and transferred the fisherman to hospital where he made a full recovery.
The MAIB investigation found that Blue Angel’s creels could become jammed in the stern opening if they were dragged through at certain angles. Working practices on board meant that when a fisherman went aft to free a jammed creel, he was likely to walk on or near the back rope and risk becoming caughtin a bight of rope and being draggedoverboard. Furthermore, there was no system of positive communication between the fishermen and the skipper to ensure that the boat was slowed and the weight taken off the back line when a crew member went aft. Although
personal flotation devices (PFD) were available on board, they were not worn routinely by the crew. The vessel’s owner has been recommended to
improve the safety of the self-shooting arrangement on board.

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Banana Boat Fatality – SMS “Flawed at every level”

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Jul 202011

Britain’s Marine Accident Investigation, MAIB, has released its report into an incident at Princes Club Water Sorts Park in Bedfont, Middlesex in which an 11 year old girl died. The report notes that there is no oversight of operators that provide towed inflatable rides on a commercial basis and no assurance that their operating standards control the risks
effectively and the licensing requirements for ski boat drivers and ski boats operating on a
commercial basis are unclear.

It it’s synopsis, MAIB says: “On 11 September 2010, an 11 year old girl was killed when she fell from a banana boat ride.

“The driver of the ski boat that was towing the banana boat was not aware that she had fallen in to the water, and did not see her as he continued on a tight circular route. The ski boat ran over the girl and its propeller caused severe injuries. She was pronounced dead soon after arriving at the hospital.

“The subsequent MAIB investigation identified a number of factors that contributed to the accident, including:

  • •     The ski boat was operating without an observer and the driver was dividing his
  • attention between looking ahead at where he was going, and behind to check on the
  • welfare of those riding the banana boat.


  • The helmet issued to the victim was a grey colour that was difficult to see in the lake water.
  • The tight circuit taken by the driver and the limited forward visibility from the boat at the slower speeds required for towing an inflatable, reduced the opportunity to see the victim in the water.
  • The implementation and execution of the safety management system used at Princes Club was flawed at every level and had not identified or controlled the risks to children taking part in banana boat rides effectively.
  • There is no oversight of operators that provide towed inflatable rides on a commercial basis and no assurance that their operating standards control the risks effectively.
  • The licensing requirements for ski boat drivers and ski boats operating on a commercial basis are unclear.

A recommendation has been made to the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF) and British Water Ski and Wakeboard (BWSW) to develop a code of practice that covers not only the activity of towed inflatable rides but also offers guidance on the health and safety management of centres that conduct them. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been recommended to include this activity in what ever arrangements replace the
Adventure Activity Licensing Authority.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has been recommended to clarify the licensing requirements for ski boats engaged in towing inflatables on a commercial basis and, if necessary, work with BWSW in the development of an appropriate driver qualification.

The Health and Safety (Commercial) team of the London Borough of Hounslow Council’s Environment Department visited the club following the accident and issued two prohibition and five improvement notices. At the time of publication of this report, its investigation into the accident was continuing. The Council has been recommended to introduce a licensing scheme for this activity in its area.

Princes Club has taken a significant number of actions to address the shortfalls of its safety management system that were present at the time of the accident. MAIB has further recommended that Princes Club review its staff induction programme and introduce a system of auditing drivers’ practices.

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MFV Janireh Another No-lifejacket Fatality

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Jun 162011

Nadi Sehsaah, an Egyptian fisherman, will no longer go home to his family. At night, in benign weather conditions, he fell 1.8 metres into the sea from the fishing vessel Janireh 20 nautical miles south west of Mizen Head, County Cork, Ireland. His body was not recovered. He was not wearing a lifejacket.

It is a lesson that is taking a long time learning.

A report by the Marine Casualty Investigation Board of Ireland describes in chilling detail the failed attempts to save a man who, had he been wearing a lifejacket, may well have lived.

He fell while trying to fix a problem with the trawl gear. At the time he was wearing atwo-piece bib & brace type yellow fisherman’s oilskins and hood, fitted with fluorescent strips. He was bare headed, and wearing white wellington-type rubber boots, but no flotation device.

Still towing gear, the vessel swung hard-a-starboard and Sehsaah was sighted some 4 – 5 boat lengths off, slightly aft of midships starboard, with the deck lights picking up the reflective strips on his oil skin hood. His only reaction was to raise his hand. Continue reading »


Booze, Lack of PPE Led To Fatal MOB

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Jun 062011

Not a place to be when under the influence

Stanislaw Bania, was Polish, 58 years old and an experienced AB. His career, and his life ended when he fell from a ladder on the the St Vincent and the Grenadines registered cargo vessel  Joanna while alongside in Glasgow, Scotland, 13 December 2010. Analysis of postmortem blood revealed that Stanislaw had a blood alcohol concentration of 193mg/100ml.

The Marine Acidient Investigation Brranch investigation identified that the AB almost certainly fell while climbing up  to the port side platform of the straddle lift used to move the vessel’s cargo  hatch covers. It also found that: the AB was working while under the influence  of alcohol; the means of access to the straddle lift platforms used by the ship’s crew were unsafe; the opening and closing of the cargo hatch covers had not been identified as a key element within the onboard procedures, and therefore the risks of accessing and operating the straddle lift had not been assessed; and important personal protective equipment (PPE) was either not available on board, or was not fit for purpose.

The vessel’s manager has implemented a drug and alcohol policy, renewed its shipboard operations and risk assessments, provided new procedures for the operation of the straddle lift, and provided replacement PPE on board Joanna. Continue reading »


EMS Trader: Hazardous Pilot Rig Led To Fatal MOB

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Jan 252011

Did the pilot ladder platform drag a seafarer to death?

Working in the dark with poor lighting and a partially slippery deck near an opening in the railing harbours particular risks, especially when you’re on your own rigging what Germany’s Federal Bueau of Maritime Casualty Investigation, the BSU, refers to as “an indeed permissible but potentially hazardous pilot ladder construction” aboard the containership EMS Trader in its just-published report.

Nobody saw the victim fall, or knows the moment it happened, so the exact sequence of events that led to yet another grieving family cannot be determined with precision. It seems likely that the pilot ladder platform had not been properly hooked into place, that the victim had wrapped the cord used to lowr the platform around his hand and that the platform fell dragging him overboard.

What is quite apparent is that safety culture was inadequate.

Says the BSU summary: “At approximately 06151 on 4 November 2009, the EMS Trader, a container vessel flying the flag of Antigua and Barbuda, cast off from the Port of Hamburg and sailed downstream on the Elbe under pilotage. Continue reading »


Flying Cloud MOB Fatality, Separation, Knives and Lifejacket Might Have Saved Life

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Dec 032010

image An MOB fatality might have been avoided by separating crew from the back rope of a fishing vessel while carrying multiple sets of creels; providing knives that can be used quickly in an emergency; and, the wearing of lifejackets or personal flotation devices while working on the open deck says the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch.

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MOB Saved – But Wasn’t Wearing Lifejacket

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Oct 102010

image An MOB is lucky to be alive after he fell overboard from a containership while rigging a pilot boarding ladder. MOBs while rigging pilot ladders and accommodation ladders are unfortunately common with sadly frequent results.

Thames Coastguard coordinated the successful rescue of a 27-year-old man this morning after he had fallen overboard from a container vessel 16 miles off Felixstowe.
At 6.15 am Thames Coastguard received a report that a man had fallen overboard from the 57000 ton container vessel MSC Gina. The crew member, a male from Montenegro, had been preparing a boarding ladder in readiness for a pilot to board to take the vessel into Felixstowe when the platform collapsed and he fell overboard. He was not wearing a lifejacket or safety harness.

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Fishermen Prefer Death To Lifejackets

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Oct 062010

Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch. Seafarers prefer death to lifejackets.

Not so coincidental, perhaps, with the US National Transportation Safety Board’s upcoming forum on fishing vessel safety is a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, Commercial Fishing Deaths—United States, 2000-2009, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It may, at first sight, seem odd that a disease prevention agency should be involved in fishing accidents but, then, the refusal to wear a lifejacket is a disease, and an apparently incurable one, in the US as it is in the UK.

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