Lack Of Basic Safety Killed Rigger

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Jan 202010

The 4 tonne bell cursor fell when a winch failed

Basic safety principles for working under a suspended load were not used during work on the diving bell recovery system of the diving support vessel Wellservicer. As as result a crewman was fatally injured when a 4 tonne cradle known as a cursor trapped him against a diving bell.

Britain’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch has issued a safety flyer regarding the incident and the safety issues identified in the subsequent investigation.

Says MAIB “The installation team failed to apply the most basic of safety principles while working under the suspended load. Regardless of whether the winch had been commissioned and declared fully functional, the cursor should have been supported by additional means, before anyone went underneath it”.

There was also confusion regarding responsibilities and MAIB emphasises: “Responsibilities should be clearly defined, and understood; it is better to ask too many questions than to carry on with a potentially hazardous task in blind faith that other people are doing what is expected of them.”

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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.

Darwin Fatality: Confined Space Fall

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Jan 112010

imageWork in confined spaces is 150 times more dangerous than the same jobs carried out elsewhere. An example is work-at-height, where what is important is how far you can fall regardless of where it is, as an unfortunate seafarer discovered to his cost on the 498 tonne trawler Darwin on 19 August 2009.

A report on the incident released by the Danish Maritime Authority concludes that the seafarer lost his grip on the ladder while climbing out of a RSW-tank, was fatally injured in the fall and did not recover consciousness.

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Oct 282009


Gibraltar’s Maritime Administration has criticised the lack of safety culture aboard a general cargo ship, BBC Atlantic following the death of a chief officer in October 2008. The officer had been standing atop a hatch cover being lifted by equipment not made for the job when t-hooks released, dropping the officer into the hold followed by the hatch itself. The officer did not survive his injuries.

The unsafe practices continued after an earlier, similar, incident. A variety of such incidents continue to occur through the industry as officers and crew continue to ignore safety warnings and good practice.

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Safety Alert – Deadly Spring Kills Linesman

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Sep 152009

Devprayag's killer spring

Allowing poor maintenance of mooring lines may be a way for cheapskates to save money but it kills seafarers and, as in this case, linemen ashore. Maritime New Zealand makes the point in its latest issue of Lookout!. It also highlights a murderous level of negligence and poor seamanship aboard the Indian-flagged bulker Devprayag.

A synthetic aft spring, worn, damaged, contaminated with grease and paint – which degrade synthetic materials, and unrecorded in the ship’s documentation and certificates, was apparently felt appropriate by the shipowner and the vessel’s officers to handle the enormous forces it was subject to. It was not. It snapped, seriously injuring a crewmember, who was so badly hurt he was unable to give information to investigators, and hitting a lineman ashore who was flung over a steel railing and killed.

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Maritime Safety & Security News – 28 June 2009

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Jun 282009

Seven die in late-night helicopter crash ‘Tragic end to routine
By Webmaster
were instantaneously killed late on Sunday night when a Westland-Sikorsky S55 helicopter, in which they were making a regular nine-minute flight from land to an offshore oil-drilling rig, crashed into the sea about one mile from the

Fire razes a ship in West Lombok
Jakarta Post – Jakarta,Indonesia
Fire razed a passenger ship berthed at Lembar Harbor, West Lombok on Saturday. No fatalities were reported. The Nusa Sejahtera ship was under maintenance

Freighter crashes into pier at Port of Hueneme
Ventura County Star – Camarillo,CA,USA
Coast Guard officials from Santa Barbara were investigating the accident this afternoon. It is not known whether the ship will have to stay in port for

Coast Guard rescues sinking vessel in strait – KNDO/KNDU Tri
SEATTLE (AP) – A Coast Guard cutter from Port Angeles prevented a fishing vessel from sinking Wednesday night in the Strait of Juan de Fuca (FEW’-kuh) where

Coast Guard approves cruise ship movement to dry dock for repairs
By cgnews
Further investigation by the Coast Guard team identified 16 discrepancies including lifesaving, fire fighting, safety, and other maintenance deficiencies. Underwater divers hired by the cruise ship company have located the crack in the

Lady Mary owner’s theory says ship’s wave sank boat
Smith noted that lone Lady Mary survivor Jose Luis Arias was asleep and did not wake to the sound of a collision. Tim Smith woke up Arias, who said he immediately noticed water in the boat. "The bulbous bow pushes water ahead of it,

Facing the music

A Hapag-Lloyd containership that ploughed into a more than four mile long seismic streamer array being towed by an offshore survey vessel in the Gulf of Mexico has been judged to be two thirds responsible for the $25m of damage caused.

Loud music was playing on the bridge of the 3,200-teu St Louis Express (built 2002) judged by a London admiralty court to be mainly culpable for the costly incident.

Gibraltar is responsible for the New Flame sinking
Ecologistas en Acción – Spain
Gibraltarian government’s negligence led to the vessel’s sinking New Flame. This ship was loaded with 42000 tons of scrap metal and characteristics of the

California coastal herring fishery to close
Sacramento Bee – CA, USA
Early evidence also suggests pollution from the Cosco Busan oil spill in November 2007 may have harmed spawning that year, depressing the population that

Maritime Global Net – Warren,RI,USA
BP Marine has agreed to supply the Mission to Seafarers Dubai-run seafarer support vessel Flying Angel with her lube oil requirements for the following



Background Briefing on US Assistance to the Somalia Transitional …
US Department of State – Washington,DC,USA
The governments of Uganda and Burundi have troops on the ground in Mogadishu in support of the TFG, and we have provided material assistance to the TFG


Off The Radar

Ossining – Vessel in Distress – 06-26-09 –
Fire Apparatus Collision Repair 1811hrs-WCPD HQ advising Marine-4 that the vessel in distress is a 28′ sailboat, white in color, no other markings. Its sails are down, there are (4) females & (1) canine aboard, all wearing life vests.

(Good to know even the dog had a life-vest)

Maersk Kithira Death – Staff Didn't Appreciate Risk

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May 012009

A chief officer and chief engineer did not understand the hazards of going forward to fix a leading stores hatch in heavy weather, says the UK’s MAIB. Both men were badly injured, the chief engineer fatally.

Maersk Kithira

Says MAIB:

“On 23 September 2008, the chief officer and the chief engineer of the container vessel Maersk Kithira were seriously injured when they were struck by a wave as the vessel proceeded in heavy weather conditions in the South China Sea. The chief engineer subsequently died of his injuries.
The two officers went onto the forecastle deck to secure a leaking stores hatch and loose anchor securing chain following activation of a bilge alarm.

Although some measures were taken to reduce the risk to the men before they went onto the exposed forecastle deck, ship’s staff did not fully appreciate the risk of large waves breaking over the decks in the prevailing conditions, and insufficient information was available on board the vessel to enable them to make a full risk assessment before embarking on the operation.

Subsequent to the accident, the ship’s manager has provided its crews with enhanced training on risk assessment, improved its internal auditing procedures, and has amended its risk assessment relating to the movement of personnel on exposed decks in heavy weather.

A recommendation has been made to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) which seeks to establish more comprehensive advice, including practical guidance on the likely incidence of large waves, that should be considered whenever seafarers need to access open decks in conditions of heavy weather.

The manager of Maersk Kithira has been recommended to make improvements to its safety management system relating to its procedures for maintaining watertight integrity.”

The full report is available here