Dec 072011

On 13 November 2010, Maersk Lancer was to depart from Esbjerg. While taking in the gangway, the lifting wire got stuck in one of the stanchions on the handrail on the gangway.

To get it loose two ship’s assistants entered the gangway and worked with the wire.
When it got loose, the handrail to the shore side fell in a sudden move into stowage position. One of the ship’s assistants lost his balance and fell off the gangway. He was not wearing a safety harness and fall arrest system. He fell approximately 5 metres to the pier.

Denmark’s Maritime Accident Investigation Board notes that the vessel departed earlier than planned and says that “Due to the earlier departure, the Injured Person and the watchkeeping ship’s assistant felt they were in a hurry and under stress… When working on the gangway, the IP normally used a safety harness and fall arrest, but he did not do so on this occasion due to stress and the problem with the lifting wire”.

That lapse under stress happened because a known problem with the gangway had not been fixed: “Due to a problem with the lifting wire getting caught on an eye of one of the stanchions
on the gangway, the IP and the ship’s assistant had to derogate from normal procedures.
The problem with the lifting wire getting stuck on an eye on a stanchion has occurred frequently on Maersk Lancer and is well known in other supply vessels in the company’s fleet using the same gangway system. The problem is usually solved without any problems”.
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MV Alpha, Uncontrolled ladder descent Killed 3O

Safety Alert – Avoiding Death On The Gangway

Ever Elite MOB Fatality – Lessons From A Systemic Death

EMS Trader: Hazardous Pilot Rig Led To Fatal MOB

Badly-Made Gangway Could Have Killed

Standard, Panama on Transfer Dangers

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Jul 082010

imageShip-ship and ship-shore transfers have cropped up fairly regularly over the past year so MAC is pleased to note a new safety publication from the Standard P&I Club and that next week is Safe Boarding Week in the Panama Canal.

The Standard eight-pager tells a grim story:

“The club has seen a number of recent incidents that have occurred during the transfer of personnel from a ship engaged in offshore loading or discharging operations. The consequences of these incidents have led to fatalities and severe injuries, which have resulted
in substantial compensation claims.

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Safety Alert – Avoiding Death On The Gangway

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Mar 152010

Not a place to be when over the limit or tired

A Filipino seafarer aboard the car carrier Yohjin died because he did not wear a fall-arrester while arranging stanchions on a gangway at Bremerhaven. He fell 5.5 metres to the quay wall, was still conscious when an ambulance arrived but died a few minutes later and resuscitation efforts failed.

It appears that he had been drinking ashore the evening before and had a high blood-alcohol level. He returned to the vessel at about, two and a half hours before going on duty.

The full report, currently only in German, is available from the Germany’s Bundesstelle für Seeunfalluntersuchung, Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation.

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Badly-Made Gangway Could Have Killed

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Feb 272010

Pin broke - not to spec

Poor quality control during fabrication of a gangway resulted the failure of a pin at a gimballed joint which resulted in the gangway falling 14 metres into water below. Had anyone been on the gangway there would, almost certainly have been multiple fatalities or serious injuries.

Although this was an offshore incident similar hazards may exist on other access structures.

A critical weld that would have strengthen a pin was omitted.

An incorrect grade of pin was used.

Slings and chain connecting the gangway to the landing platform were too long to prevent the structure being dislodged.

Slings and chain were of inadequate strength.

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Gangway for the Thriller In Manila

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Feb 232010


Anneley Pickles, managing director of Shiptalk Recruitment and arguably the Sandy Toksvig of the maritime industry, brings up an intriguing thought in her delightfully acidulous preview of the up-coming IMO Diplomatic Conference on STCW: Should folk who haven’t been onboard ship for five years still be allowed to go calling themselves ‘Captain’?

Under the heading Attracting new entrants and retaining seafarers for the maritime profession Ms Pickles comments: “Nice one! Good luck…One interesting idea we heard,
was to stop people calling themselves Captain if they haven’t served on a ship inside 5 years. That could keep ‘em at sea a while longer!”

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