The Case of the Forgotten Assassin – The Death of an Expert

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Jan 142010

imageConfined space hazards are not confined to confined spaces, they can reach out and touch you , especially if you forget they’re there, warns the latest MAC podcast, The Case of the Forgotten Assassin now available to Premium Subscribers in the Library.

Drawn from a confined space incident board an LNG carrier undergoing boiler cleaning, The Case of the Forgotten Assassin warns of the importance of understanding what confined space entry is and knowing when to invoke the necessary procedures. Experts sometime slip-up with fatal results and safety is everyone’s responsibility so watch for NQR.

Safety Alert – Exploding Windlass – Your Experiences?

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Aug 182009

Results of a high pressure that couldn't take it

Britain’s Maritime Accident Investigation Branch has appealed to the industry for information on the catastrophic failure of high pressure hydraulic anchor windlasses in its latest Safety Bulletin following several incidents since 2007, some of which have caused serious injury.

Says MAIB: : “Since 2007, the MAIB has been made aware of the catastrophic failure of a number of high pressure hydraulic anchor windlasses. Of those that have occurred, the following are particularly noteworthy:

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Dec 202007

Just released by the ATSB:

On the morning of 23 April, the Australian fishing vessel Peter Crombie was at anchor about 30 miles south of Robe, South Australia and the vessel’s three crew members were below decks sleeping. The Panamanian registered bulk carrier Silky Ocean had sailed from Port Kembla, New South Wales, on 21 April and was in ballast and en-route to Ardrossan, South Australia.

The weather was fine with good visibility. There was a swell of about one metre from the east-southeast and a sea of about 1.5 m. The wind was from the east-southeast at 12 to 18 knots.

At about 1150, Silky Ocean collided with Peter Crombie. Silky Ocean‘s bridge watchkeeper had not detected Peter Crombie either visually or by radar.

After the collision, Peter Crombie‘s skipper tried to contact the ship using his vessel’s very high frequency radio. However, Silky Ocean‘s bridge watchkeeper did not acknowledge the call and made no attempt to communicate with the fishing vessel.

While Silky Ocean had sustained no damage as a result of the collision, Peter Crombie‘s hull had been damaged and the vessel was taking on water. Fortunately, the fishing vessel’s bilge pumps were able to keep up with the ingress of water.

Peter Crombie‘s skipper notified the vessel’s owners of the collision and then set a course for Robe and, by 1700, the vessel was all fast alongside the wharf in Robe.

The report identifies a number of safety issues and issues recommendations and safety advisory notices with the aim of preventing similar events.Download complete report [2 MB PDF]

Case No. 3 – The Case Of The Wandering Monarch

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Jul 032007

A cruise liner with 1,500 souls aboard, the most dangerous waters around the US coast and a GPS that tell lies to the autopilot for 36 hours with nobody noticing. Guess what happens next…

The Case of the Wandering Monarch

Listen to the podcast and read the illustrated transcript here