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Offshore Lifeboats “Fail to meet levels of safety assumed to exist”

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Apr 112012

Lifeboats not as safe as assumed: PSA photo: Statoilhydro

Changes to the regulations regarding offshore lifeboats could now be on the way says the latest issue of Safety Status and Signals from Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority .

Amended Norwegian rules for freefall and davit-launched lifeboats, their launch systems, and other rescue and evacuation equipment on offshore installations are under consideration. This work is being pursued by the PSA in dialogue with the companies and the unions through the tripartite Regulatory Forum.

Today’s offshore lifeboats with associated launch systems have significant weaknesses, and thereby fail to meet the level of safety which was earlier assumed to exist. That has made it necessary to initiate extensive compensatory measures, observes Sigurd Robert Jacobsen, a principal engineer with the PSA:“Safety must be the same for all who work in the Norway’s petroleum industry. At present, however, it depends on the type of lifeboat on an installation and on which compensatory measures have been adopted.” Continue reading »


Lifeboat Providers In Dock After Typhoon Nate Fatalities

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Apr 092012

Lifeboat from Trinity II

Last September, a liftboat accident set 10 men adrift on a lifeboat in the Gulf of Mexico after abandoning the Trinity II rig during the height of Tropical Storm Nate. Three men died during the ordeal, and another passed away shortly after the group was rescued.

In wake of the accident, two survivors filed a Louisiana maritime accident lawsuit, claiming negligence on the part of Australia-based liftboat operator Mermaid Marine and its American business partners, Trinity Liftboat Services and Geokinetics, Inc.

Three other survivors have filed a similar lawsuit in Texas.

Defendants Seeking to Limit Liability

Trinity Liftboat Services, the Louisiana Company that owned the liftboat on which the men were working, recently filed a petition in Louisiana federal court to limit their legal liability. According to the filing, the company is requesting “exoneration from or limitation of liability for all claims of damage, injury, loss, death or destruction” resulting from the maritime accident. Continue reading »

Aug 082011

The hull could not hold it's own weight.

France’s accident investigation agency, BEAmer, has called for lifeboats and sub-assemblies to be subject to the same sort of quality and risk controls as in the car industry to protect lives. The call comes in BEAmer’s investigation report into the fall of a lifeboat from the containership Christophe Colomb in Shenzhen earlier this year which found that a safety-critical part had not been installed during assembly and the lifeboat hull fittings could support its own weight on a single hook.

Three men were aboard the Christophe Colomb’s starboard lifeboat during a drill. While the lifeboat was being recovered the forward pulley block contacted the davit, the swivel broke away from the linking devices to the quick release hook. As the lifeboat tipped down the the part of the hull on which the base plate of the aft hook was bolted had been torn off. After a 24 metre fall into the water he lifeboat ended upside down.

An officer and a cadet died and an AB severely injured.

BEAmer concludes that a spring pin had not been installed on the forward release hook assembly when it was manufactured. The swivel nut holding the assembly unscrewed , leading the failure of the assembly. Continue reading »


MSC 89 Moves On Lifeboats, Confined Spaces, Piracy

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May 282011
IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), which met at the Organization’s London Headquarters for its 89th session from 11 to 20 May 2011, completed a packed agenda, including the development of interim guidance on the employment of privately contracted armed security personnel on board ships transiting the high-risk piracy area, the adoption of amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) concerning lifeboat release hooks, an agreement on the way forward with regard to the implementation of the Torremolinos Protocol on fishing vessel safety and the approval of a number of draft resolutions for submission to the IMO Assembly, to be held in November 2011. Continue reading »

Nopsa: Inspections Lead To Offshore Lifeboat Concerns

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May 282011

Emergency evacuation of Montara Wellhead Platform and West Atlas mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) using lifeboats on 21 August 2010 Image courtesy of Skytruth

Recent inspections conducted by Australia’s National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority, NOPSA, and information provided to NOPSA have raised concerns regarding the general condition of some Totally Enclosed Motor Propelled Survival Craft (TEMPSC) currently in use in the offshore regime.


Inspection findings have resulted in nine enforcement actions on facility operators in the past four months.

The enforcement actions focused primarily on the lack of effective routine maintenance and inspections being conducted on facility TEMPSC.

TEMPSC were identified with damaged or broken safety harnesses, unsecured and loose items, and illegible safety and operating instructions. A shortfall in the competencies of personnel assigned to essential lifeboat duties was also noted. Continue reading »


Two Die In Christophe Colomb Lifeboat Fall

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Apr 252011

The fallen lifeboat photo: BY Seaclean

French authorities are conducting an enquiry into the deaths of two seafarers and injury of a third after a lifeboat fell from the French-flagged CMA CGM Christophe Colomb into the water during a drill at Yantian International Terminal Berth No. 13. Media reports cite company statements that part of the davit arrangement failed during recovery of the boat and that fall prevention devices had been fitted.

Christophe Colomb is a fairly new vessel. CGA CMA took delivery from the Korean shipyard in November 2009. At 13,300TEU it is one of the world’s largest containerships with a length of 365 metres, a beam of 51.2 metres and a draught of 15.5 metres.




Apr 062011

Last week’s IMO sub-committee on ship design and equipment, DE 55, held at the International Maritime Organization’s Headquarters in London appears to have seen so uncharateristic forward motion on the issue of lifboat hooks, according o a report from BIMCO.

DE deals with life saving appliances, Polar Code, noise onboard ships, coating and corrosion protection, steel structures and pollution prevention. DE will be reporting to the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) and the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC).

Says the BIMCO report regarding efforts to make lifeboats safer for seafarers: “At MSC 88 held in November 2010, BIMCO, amongst all other relevant shipping industry organisations, expressed severe concern about limiting the design review assessment of lifeboat release mechanisms only to focus on wear rates, as other factors contributing to release mechanism failures might not be sufficiently considered. The concern expressed by industry led IMO to reconvene an inter-sessional working group that met prior to DE 55. Continue reading »


Lifeboat Safety Survey – Help Make Lifeboats Safer

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Apr 042011

Lifeboat accidents kill more seafarers than Somali pirates

UPDATE: Prelim report, accident investigators now available to premium and registered subscribers.

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Among those we would like to acknowledge assistance and encouragement from:

Cruise Lines International Association
International Association for Safety & Survival Training
Peter Hinchcliffe ICS/ISF

Capt. Kuba Szymanski, Secretary General, InterManager

Abdul Khalique, Principal Lecturer, Maritime & Offshore Safety, Warsash Maritime Academy

George Edenfield Head, Department of Marine Transportation at US Merchant Marine Academy
The good folks at gCaptain

(If you or your organisation/company are helping get the word and encouraging participation let us know)

MAC is carrying out a series of surveys among various industry stakeholders with regard to lifeboat safety. It is the first industry-wide survey of its kind. It will make a positive contribution to lifeboat safety and we hope you want to be a part of it. Continue reading »

Mar 282011

The fallen lifeboat: did design make it happen?

Investigations into the failure of lifeboat falls during maintenance, which led to the death of a seafarer have identified the design of the vessel’s lifeboat davits as a possible contributor to the incident.

Two seafarers in a team greasing the vessel’s number seven lifeboat falls fell when the forward fall parted. One crewmember died, the other survived. Both had been wearing a safety harness attached to a safety line stretched between the forward and aft lifeboat lifting hook arrangements.

The hydraulic telescopic davits were manufactured by Italy’s Navalimpianti Tecnimpianti Group. The lifeboats were designed and manufactured by Schat Harding and were of the MPC 36 SV partially enclosed lifeboat design.

New Zealand’s Transport Accident Investigation Commission interim report into the accident aboard the Holland-America Lines Volendam in January 2010 says: “The Commission believes it is a safety issue that the design of the SPTDL-150P lifeboat davit does not facilitate a thorough examination or effective lubrication of the standing part of the wire falls where they pass around the fixed guides before terminating. Lack of effective lubrication in this area will promote rapid corrosion and possible premature failure of the wire rope fall. Difficulty in conducting a thorough examination of the wire rope in this area could result in the risk of possible premature failure of the wire rope going undetected.
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