Safety Alert: Make Timber Tighter

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Jun 182014

MNZ says loop lashing is the safest practice for securing timber deck cargoes in order to prevent damage or hazard to the ship and persons on board, and to prevent cargo loss.

Maritime New Zealand, MNZ, has issued a safety alert recommending loop lashing as the safest practice for securing timber deck cargoes to prevent damage or hazard to the ship and persons on board, and to prevent cargo loss.

A number of incidents have occurred around the world when best practice methods have not been used to secure cargoes resulting in injuries and loss of cargo overboard.

Says MNZ: “Any lashing practice must be able to overcome the transverse forces generated by the ship’s rolling movement. If the cargo is poorly lashed and the cargo moves during the voyage, it can cause a ship to lose stability. At present, the most common practice for securing timber deck cargoes to a ship is top-over lashing.”

Top-over lashing is a frictional lashing practice that applies vertical pressure that increases the friction force between the outer stows of deck cargo and the ship’s deck or hatch-cover. Top-over lashing as the sole securing practice for timber deck cargoes is sufficient only when the friction is very large or the expected transverse acceleration is very small. This practice is not recommended other than for vessels trading in restricted sea areas, inland or sheltered waterways. Continue reading »

AB Gives Two Fingers To The Grind

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Aug 092010

Defective grinder

An AB seriously injured two fingers because of a defective angle grinder, bad planning and safety documents in a language he could not understand says Denmark’s Maritime Authority in its report on the incident aboard the general cargo vessel Uno.

The cargo of six cable containers was secured to the tanktops using stoppers of H-section steel beams. The stoppers were to be removed by the crew of the Eno.

It was difficult to work in the space and the angle grinder used by the AB involved had a defective on-off switch and did not turn-off when the tools was let go. While grinding-off a stopper, the grinder slipped and injured the user.

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Steel Yourself for Steel Cargo

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Feb 162010

imageShifting steel cargo has been implicated in several maritime incidents, some in which the vessel has disappeared without trace. Improperly handled and stowed steel in various forms can lead to cargo claims so the first of Standard P&I Club’s series of cargo guide is welcome.

In 28 pages it gives a very useful overview of cargo handling and safe stowage, duties and responsibilities of ships’ officers, and a case study of bills of lading. Here, to give a flavour, is a list of ‘nevers’:

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Feb 092010

Hanging loose is noit an option

“securing methods used by the packers on and offshore was futile” says the latest safety alert from Marine Safety Forum following several incidents in which equipment was insufficiently secured in cargo carrying units.

Equipment damage was only prevented because of the awareness of vessel crews at the loading and backloading stages.

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Jan 112010

image Both Australia’s Maritime Safety Authority, AMSA, and the United States Coast Guard, USCG, are turning their attention to safe cargo stowage in coming months. AMSA is to launch a ‘focussed inspection campaign’ fro February through April while the USCG is appealing for public comments on cargo securing methods for packages in transport vehicles or freight containers.

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Nov 242008

MAC has previously drawn attention to the hazards of wood pellets, only added to the IMO’s Code of Safe Practice for Solid Bulk Cargoes , the BC Code, in 2005, BIMCO is also expressing concern about these hazards.

Says a BIMCO alert: “Although two investigations were carried out on the carriage of wood pellets, no intensive literature has been produced. Therefore, the information below is based on comments obtained generally regarding this commodity.

Wood pellets, produced from sawdust and wood shavings containing no additives or binders are not the same as wood pulp pellets, which are made of compacted wood chips. The shipment of wood pellets carries with it two main hazards: combustion hazards and carbon monoxide emissions. Continue reading »

PSV Cargo Ops Reports "Alarming"

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Aug 212008

Marine Safety Forum has received  alarming reports from one of the major offshore crane operators in the North Sea.  They are witnessing a rapid rise in incidents with regards to Cargo Ops with PSVs.  We therefore  would like to remind all members of the following  safety alerts and a Safety Notice which were issued back in 2006 and 2007.

Flotation Collars on Bulk Hoses:

Cherry Picking

Good Practice – Bulk Hose Handling

BBC Islander On Fire – Fitter Couldn't Read English

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May 282008

Australia’s Transportation Safety Board has released its report on the fire aboard the BBC Islander last August. It isn’t a pretty sight. A fitter who couldn’t understand the ship’s SMS hot work requirements because it was in English, inadequate SMS procedures for risk assessment, lack of documentation on the whereabouts of damgerous cargo, and a firefighting team untrained in dealing with fire aboard ship.

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