New IMO Recommendations for Confined Space Entry Drafted

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Sep 302010

image During the 15th session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Dangerous Goods, Solid Cargoes and Containers, DSC, held from 13 to 17 September 2010 session, the work on revised draft IMO Recommendations for Entering Enclosed Spaces was finalised. The draft will now be submitted to the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) for adoption.

The revision was caused by a continued high frequency of accidents in connection with entry into enclosed spaces. What is new is that now enclosed spaces are to be identified in each individual ship, that clear guidelines and procedures for entry into these spaces are to be determined, and that training must be provided for their evacuation.

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Confined Space Dry Ice Hazard

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Aug 182010

imageConfined space hazards can crop up in the most unexpected places, as a recent report in the Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme’s Maritime Feedback shows. In this case it’s one your catering crew should be made aware of.

Says the CHIRP report: “The morning after taking three months’ provisions aboard the vessel, the chief cook proceeded to fetch some meat from the refrigerated meat room. Upon opening the door, he was affected by the atmosphere of the meat room. His eyes and nose were severely irritated by the atmosphere and he immediately closed the door.
The chief cook reported a ‘smell’ in the meat room to an officer who he encountered in the duty mess room. This officer subsequently entered the meat room to check for problems. After a period of 30 to 60 seconds he started to feel light headed and left the room.

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Space Entry – Doing it Right After A Fire

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Nov 252009

imageEntering a space correctly after a fire might take patient but can save lives.  Marine Safety Forum have issued a safety alert involving what was believed to be a fire, extinguished by a fixed fire fighting system, and subsequently entered safely. It is an offshore incident but is equally applicable in other circumstances.

Says the safety flash: Whilst travelling from overside cover a rescue boat engine suffered a bearing failure in the alternator; causing the belt to be shredded and thrown from the flywheel. The engineer stopped and isolated the engine before removing “all” of the remains of the belt from the engine space.

Two hours later, the fire detection system covering the engine spaces alarmed in the wheelhouse, a strong smell of burning permeated the craft, and smoke could be seen over the port and starboard engine space CCTV cameras. Continue reading »

Maritime Safety News – 29 May 2009

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May 302009

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Two dead, one rescued in gas poisoning accident on Chinese ship
Xinhua – China
The navy ship was alerted for help because local maritime rescue ships could not approach Zheyuyu 1616 on the rough sea. Six hours later the navy reached .

2 hospitalized in La. after explosion on vessel
The Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two crew members have been flown to a hospital after an explosion aboard a supply vessel off the Louisiana coast.

Fire breaks out on Italian ferry, all safe
The Associated Press
The cause of the fire was still being investigated. The ship, which belongs to the Italian ferry company Tirrenia di Navigazione SpA, was being towed

Ship runs aground in Bosporus strait
eTaiwan News – Taiwan
AP A maritime official says a St.-Vincent and Grenadines-flagged ship has run aground in Istanbul’s Bosporus. Salih Orakci, head of Turkey’s coast security,

Australian officials consider quarantine to keep cruise ship
USA Today – USA
The Brisbane Times reports only passengers who live in Brisbane or the surrounding state of Queensland will be allowed to leave the ship

Dead skipper’s family to sue trawler owners
New Ross Standard – Wexford,Ireland
However, a stability investigation to understand the stability profile of the vessel prior to the sinking was carried out by the MCIB

Harbour crash inquest witness admits to lie
ABC Online – Australia
In the statement she said she did not see or hear the HarbourCat, the Pam Burridge, prior to the collision.

Refrigerated cargo, indeed

A RUSSIAN ship captain has been charged with illegally transporting 56 passengers for four days, with a prosecutor alleging that they were essentially trapped in the refrigerated hold.

MCA publishes ‘Our Plans for 2009-10’

Maritime Journal – Fareham,UK
As part of its work towards tackling seafarer fatigue, MCA surveyors will be taking a critical look at the hours of work/rest records during surveys

Newcastle harbour chain secrets revealed
Newcastle Herald – Newcastle,Australia
Safety Bureau’s investigation into the Pasha Bulker grounding on Nobbys Beach for refit and another ship will take over the rest of the operation.

Eyes on the ocean
Times-Standard – Eureka,CA,USA
The system can be used to track oil spills — it helped during the massive spill from the Cosco Busan in San Francisco Bay — and to determine the direction

NOAA Says Changes in Vessel Operations May Reduce Risk of Endangered Whale Shipstrikes

Years of study and effort by NOAA and the U.S. Coast Guard will pay off this summer when two changes to shipping lanes into Boston

NTSB: Expanded Release of Accident Investigations to Begin Next Week

Washington, DC (May 28th 2009): The National Transportation Safety Board today announced that it will begin to release all accident investigation public .


Kadhafi wants Somali exclusion zone to fight piracy
such as Frontex — the EU agency specialised in border security — to protect “our maritime wealth” and warned against the spread of piracy.

G8 discuss cooperation on organised crime and piracy
Reuters UK – UK
closer cooperation in fighting organised crime and greater aid to African states to tackle drug trafficking cartels and rising maritime piracy.

May 052009

The Case Of The Silent Assassin

In September 2007, after broadcasting several audio podcasts and blog posts on the subject we realised that confined space/enclose space casualties were disturbingly common and seemed to be a major issue that wasn’t going away. We wanted to do something, however modest, to help address the situation. We discussed the issue with IDESS Interactive Technologies, which shared our concerns, and we agreed to collaborate in the production of three animated versions of MAC podcasts of which the first was to The Case Of The Silent Assassin, based on the Sapphire incident investigated by Ron Strathdee of the Isle Of Man registry.

If you would like a copy please contact IDESS Interactive Technologies

More "confined space that wasn’t" incidents

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Aug 262008

MAC has already mentioned one example of a ‘confined space entry incident that wasn’t’ , now another example has been highlighted by the International Marine Contractors Association on an offshore installation.

In both cases, crew were enveloped in an oxygen deficient atmosphere, even though they were in the “open air”, while standing over an open hatch/manhole cover to test the confined space below. In both cases a crewmember was rendered unconscious. Although the were no serious injuries, there is still potential for them.

Here’s the IMCA alert:

“A member has reported a serious confined space incident in which a crew member was injured. The incident occurred during quarterly planned maintenance of the leakage detection system in the base of one of the legs of a semi-submersible accommodation unit alongside fixed production platform.

“A crew member lifted the manhole cover to gain access to the tank to undertake planned maintenance.

The crew member was working next to his supervisor who began to lower gas sampling equipment into the tank as part of normal pre-entry checks. Within a minute of the manhole cover being lifted, the gas sampling equipment (which was 3m down into the 6m height of the tank) gave an alarm, and the crew member lost consciousness.

“Subsequent gas sampling during the investigation was undertaken and recorded unexpectedly high levels of hydrogen. The presence of hydrogen can be explained by the electrolytic reaction between the sacrificial anodes and the steel within the ballast tank below the tank being worked upon.

“The crew member who lost consciousness recovered fully with no residual ill health effects.

The company involved made the following recommendations:

  •  Vent ballast tanks regularly in order to prevent hydrogen build-up;
  •  Ensure appropriate steps are taken to purge gases from ballast tanks prior to tank opening;
  •  Using appropriate equipment, conduct tests for the presence of hydrogen before tank entry;
  •  Remain mindful of the potential for build-up of hydrogen in ballast tanks where sacrificial anodes are used;
  •  Review gas sampling procedure.”

New Podcast: The Case Of The Rusty Assassin – The Viking Islay Tragedy

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Jul 152008

New Podcast: The Case Of The Rusty Assassin

The Viking Islay Tragedy

Three men lay dead in the anchor locker.
What they’d need to stay alive was everywhere around them
except in the one place it could have saved them:
The air they breathed