MSF Safety Allert – Inspection of Cargo Transfer Hose Connections

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Jan 132008

Inspection of Cargo Transfer Hose Connections
A Lost Time Incident has occurred on a vessel where a hose reducer became detached from the ship’s manifold, striking a crew member and causing serious personal injury. The Weco fitting on the reducer was hit with a hammer to ‘cinch it up’ following a slight leakage, and the whole assembly fell off the manifold striking the seaman on his foot.
As a matter of urgency, all vessels are recommended to thoroughly inspect the general condition of all WECO and similar type hose adapters/reducers and manifold ends with particular attention to the condition of the threads on these fittings. Any equipment with badly worn threads or other damage which gives cause for concern should be withdrawn from service and replaced with new as soon as possible. Faulty equipment which has been condemned should be scrapped and off the vessel. If any leakage from such coupling types is observed whilst pumping product, the pumping process must be stopped and hose pressure completely released before re-tightening fittings.

A review of risk assessments for this type of task must be held and safety measures reiterated at toolbox talks.

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Dec 312007

1 dead, 5 missing after boat sinks off SKorea’s east coast
International Herald Tribune – France
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Norwegian cruise ship hits iceberg in Antarctic; no injuries reported
International Herald Tribune – France
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Cargo Vessel Sinks After Collision In Siak River
Bernama – Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia
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Salvage operations continue – Gibraltar
The operations were relaunched prior to Christmas after severe weather conditions led to the stern side of the vessel sinking, and the ship breaking up in .

News Minute: Here is the latest Virginia news from The Associated
WAVY-TV – Portsmouth,VA,USA
(AP) – The Coast Guard is searching off Virginia for a missing crewman from a merchant vessel. A Coast Guard C-130 crew from Elizabeth City, NC,

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Marine Log – New York,NY,USA
“Because the Agaman is presently in no danger of sinking, the Amver vessels‘ assistance allows us to keep our cutters focused on protecting the homeland,

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San Diego Union Tribune – United States
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San Jose Mercury News – CA, USA
State authorities suspended the license of the pilot of the vessel, Capt. John Cota of Petaluma, who may have it revoked completely

Chaebol Blamed for Silence in Oil Spill
Korea Times – South Korea
people when the engineers and sailors of the Samsung’s ship reportedly doctored the logbook to cover their mistakes that lead to the accident.

Oil spills highlight need for Alaska shipping safety
Tundra Drums – Anchorage,AK,USA
of another cargo ship, the Salica Frigo, in Dutch Harbor in March of this year. Although this accident in Norway occurred many miles from Alaska,

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International Maritime Organization (IMO) press briefing.

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Seaway Regulations and Rules: Periodic Update, Various Categories
Trading Markets (press release) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
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Times Online – UK
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A USCG Safety Alert and Report developed by the Investigations Office, United States Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads.