Nov 202014
 

Sooner or later the chances were that someone was going to be killed aboard the 13.32 metre Irish registered FV Liberty. Given the long list of safety issues uncovered by Ireland’s Marine Casualty Investigation Board, MCIB, and the fact that an earlier incident involving an injury went unreported so the conditions that resulted in the death of a seafarer on 14 February 2013 went undetected, tragedy was inevitable and preventable.

In port at Dunmore East prior to the voyage, one of the trawl nets on the vessel, supplied by the owner, was swapped for a used net supplied by the skipper. The skipper’s net had been kept in storage and had not been used since October 2012. The net was apparently changed because
it was deemed to be more suitable for the intended fishing grounds  where the vessel was going to fish. Continue reading »

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MAIB Flyer Highlights Lifting Dangers

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Nov 242010
 
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Buckling to the Cormorant ‘A’ frame and its foundation

In the wake of its publication of investigations into incidents aboard the Sand Falcon and the floating sheerleg Cormorant Britain’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch, MAIB,  has issued a safety flyer on failure of non-cargo handling lifting appliances.

The dredger Sand Falcon was alongside at a jetty when the trolley from its gantry-type stores crane came off and fell 7.5m landing on the deck guardrails. The trolley weighed over 400kg and narrowly missed the 7 people who were working nearby on the main deck and ashore on the jetty. The crane was being prepared to load ship’s stores at the time and was not carrying any load.

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