Delta Injury: Kick In A Rib Became Pain In The Back

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Jan 312011

Reconstruction showing location of injured person and other passengers at the time of accident

MAIB’s report on back injuries sustained by a passenger in a RIB ferrying workers to a jack-up rig on the Thames is relevant to anyone riding or operating these boats. A safety flyer has been issued with the report.

Passengers in small high-speed craft are subject to potentially high shock and vibration impacts, and MAIB is aware of 12 other accidents that have occurred in the 2 years following the similar Celtic Pioneer accident in August 2008, which also
resulted in lower back compression fractures.
The risk of this type of injury can be reduced by ensuring that:
•     occupants are seated in appropriate seating
•     the boat’s helmsman has received suitable training
•     the boat is appropriately designed and outfitted
•     procedures are in place to exclude passengers who may be particularly at risk,
based on medical grounds.

Here is the MAIB summary:

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Villem Clausen Slamming – Speed ‘Unsafe’ – RTFM With Care

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Aug 022010

imageDenmark’s Maritime Authority says that the operations manual for the Bornholmstrafikken-owned, Austal-built ferry Villem Clausen did not provide the vessel’s master with sufficient information regarding safe speed in heavy weather. This contributed to the vessel slamming into ‘one or more waves’ at 33-35 knots on 11 January 2010, during a crossing from Ystad in Sweden to Rønne on the island of Bornholm.

Six passengers were thrown out of their seats and injured as was one crewmember when the vessel hit the waves. Upon arrival in Rønne, two of the six injured passengers had to be treated at the local hospital. The most severe injury was a broken hip.

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Safety Alert – Exploding Windlass – Your Experiences?

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Aug 182009

Results of a high pressure that couldn't take it

Britain’s Maritime Accident Investigation Branch has appealed to the industry for information on the catastrophic failure of high pressure hydraulic anchor windlasses in its latest Safety Bulletin following several incidents since 2007, some of which have caused serious injury.

Says MAIB: : “Since 2007, the MAIB has been made aware of the catastrophic failure of a number of high pressure hydraulic anchor windlasses. Of those that have occurred, the following are particularly noteworthy:

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Maritime Safety & Security News – 16 August 2009

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Aug 162009

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French fisherman injured by wire
BBC News
A Maritime and Coastguard spokesman said weather conditions were very poor, so an alternative landing site at Boscowan Field may have to be used.

4 Suffer Burn Injuries After Small Explosion Aboard Fishing Vessel
Pacific News Center
Memorial Hospital after suffering burns when residual fuel aboard the vessel reportedly exploded or flamed out. The accident occurred about 6:15 pm.

115 migrants rescued from sinking dinghy
As the migrants dinghy was already taking in water, and 5 of their party were already in the water, the Protector-class vessel P-51 was also dispatched to

Monarch fuel removal operations successfully completed in Cook Inlet
At the time of the sinking, an estimated 34603 gallons of diesel fuel and lube oil were on board the vessel. A light sheen was seen in the area on the day


Rising wave of piracy sends shipowners’ costs soaring
Separate figures from the International Maritime Bureau showed a doubling of piracy attacks in the first six months of this year, with virtually all the

Egyptians escape Somali pirates
The case highlights how illegal fishing off Somalia’s coast is one of the “core issues creating the continuation of piracy“, our correspondent said.

AP Top News at 5:01 pm EDT – August 15
KMPH Fox 26
MOSCOW (AP) – The workaday cargo ship the Arctic Sea, which for decades plowed the world’s waterways in obscurity, just had to disappear to be thrust into a

Under The Radar

Dredging damages old fort’s remains
Albany Times Union
Adam Kane, an expert in nautical archaeology from the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, is reviewing the damage using underwater video, King said.

Crane Bonks Bosun

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Aug 232008

From MAIB:

Overseas Camar was loading a cargo of gas oil at the Fawley Marine Terminal near Southampton. The vessel was expecting to load ship’s stores and in accordance with the Terminal’s regulations, a stores barge was alongside at the starboard (outboard) quarter.

The Bosun climbed up onto the operating platform attached to the side of the starboard provisions crane. The crane had a safe working load (SWL) of 0.8 tonne and had successfully passed the five yearly load test and annual inspection conducted by the vessel’s classification society. The first load of hydraulic oil drums was lifted safely, a second load of oil weighing 788kg was attached, and the Bosun began to hoist. The load was lifted approximately 1.8m and suddenly began to lower back to the deck of the stores barge. The crewman on the stores barge looked up and saw both the crane and the Bosun falling. He shouted to the Skipper of the stores barge, who had been steadying the load, and both men ran clear. The crane struck the side of the ship, crushed a skip on the stores barge and fell into the sea. It was initially thought that the Bosun had fallen into the sea, however, he landed on a lifeboat deck, some 5m below the crane pedestal. Although his injuries were severe, he was extremely fortunate not to have fallen further and been killed.

The nuts and bolts used to hold the crane pedestal to the mounting ring were recovered and examined. They were badly corroded, allowing the bolts to pull straight through the nuts. Both the ship’s planned maintenance and the classification society regulations stated that the holding down nuts and bolts should be examined at prerequisite intervals, however the extent of the corrosion indicates that these safeguards had systematically failed over a number of years.

Action taken:

Two other cranes on board were inspected and both found to be in poor condition. Prohibition notices were issued by Port State Control officers and Conditions of Class imposed by the classification society, regarding future use of these cranes.

In addition, the Deputy Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents has written to:

  • the vessel’s management company, detailing the shortcomings in maintenance and inspection that allowed the condition of the crane holding down nuts and bolts to go undetected, and
  • the vessel’s classification society, raising concerns over the effectiveness of the current survey and testing procedures for ship’s cranes.