Jul 102014

waterlightSinking lifebuoys have already appeared on MAC, now the US Coast Guard has issued an alert regarding replacement batteries on emergency equipment. In this case it was the floating water light attached to  lifebuoy that sank thanks to a replacement battery that was the wrong weight.

While conducting an annual inspection a Coast Guard inspector picked up a ring buoy’s water light and noticed that it felt heavier than usual. The master of the vessel was notified and he then agreed to perform a float test. When the ring buoy and its water light were tossed into the water, the water light instantly sank about 5’ to the end of its painter. Apparently, the last time the battery was replaced, a heavier battery than the manufacturer’s recommended battery was used. This occurred despite the water light’s labelled instructions regarding the correct battery type. Continue reading »

Fishing Fatalities: Time To Stop Shrugging Shoulders

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May 262010

image The MOB recovery system on Korenbloem was a Markus Net. The crew was unfamiliar with it and did not know how to use it.

Frustration at the inaction and lack of political will to address unacceptably high levels of accident, injuries and fatalities in Britain’s fishing industry  is evident in a recently released report from Britain’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch on the deaths of three seafarers in three incidents in November 2009.

The report covers Man Overboard accidents that occurred at weekly intervals that November which resulted in fatalities: On 6 November 2009, James Grindy, a deckhand on board the scallop dredger Korenbloem; 11 November 2009, the UK registered stern trawler Osprey III lost William Antonio, a Filipino deckhand; Raymond Davidson, a crewman on the creel fishing vessel Optik, was dragged overboard while shooting creels.

None of the seafarers wore lifejackets. In two cases the crew onboard the vessels did not have the skills or training to recover the MOBs quickly and effectively. Seafarers had not been adequately safety trained and job had not been evaluated to make them as safe a reasonably possible.

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Sinking Lifebuoys Again

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Jan 202010

"Personal flotation device" is not a term that comes immediately to mind

As MAC has observed before, sinking is an undesirable trait in a lifebuoy. This photograph, from a Marine Safety Forum safety alert, makes the point even better.

The problem identified with the Altura 2.5kg appears to be twofold: First, the foam filling of the hard shell has either shrunk or the shell was inadequately filled during manufacturer; Second, the plug is either missing from the hole through which the lifebuoy shell was filled or wasn’t there in the first place. The latter may not be immediately apparent because it is beneath reflective tape.


Core problem: inadequately filled or shrunken core leaves room for water

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Lifebuoys – Sinking is an Undesirable Trait

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Dec 082009

imageMAC cannot introduce this safety alert regarding the 2.5kg Altura lifebuoy any better than Senor Anton Francesco Albertoni, General Manager of Italian Nautical Safety firm Veleria San Giorgio:

“we would like to ask you with a certain urgency to check if you or your customers still have any piece of this model of lifebuoy with date of production January 2004.

“If you will find it, you will have to make a simple test consisting in the following steps:

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