Cormorant: Overloaded A Frame Collapse

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Nov 242010

Britain’s Marine Accident Investigating Branch, MAIB, has identified a deck fitting overloaded due to unco-ordinated use of winches, a lift operation interrupted and the master’s concentration broken by the arrival of the vessel’s commercial agent and a lifting operation not identified as a key shipboard operation in the collapse of an A Frame on the floating sheerleg Cormorant. Consequently, no risk assessment had been carried out and there were no written procedures provided.

Says the MAIB report: “At 1001 on 7 March 2010, the 85 tonne ‘A’ frame on board the Netherlands registered floating sheerleg Cormorant collapsed on to the deck while being lifted into position. Substantial damage was caused to the wheelhouse, the ‘A’ frame and its supporting frames, and to deck fittings. Although there were three people in the wheelhouse and two on deck, there were no injuries. Continue reading »

MAIB Flyer Highlights Lifting Dangers

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Nov 242010

Buckling to the Cormorant ‘A’ frame and its foundation

In the wake of its publication of investigations into incidents aboard the Sand Falcon and the floating sheerleg Cormorant Britain’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch, MAIB,  has issued a safety flyer on failure of non-cargo handling lifting appliances.

The dredger Sand Falcon was alongside at a jetty when the trolley from its gantry-type stores crane came off and fell 7.5m landing on the deck guardrails. The trolley weighed over 400kg and narrowly missed the 7 people who were working nearby on the main deck and ashore on the jetty. The crane was being prepared to load ship’s stores at the time and was not carrying any load.

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