Drunk Chief Engineer Refused Lifejacket, Died

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Aug 062010

Top: Martin N Bottom: OW Copenhagen

Three times a chief engineered refused a lifejacket as he attempted to transfer from a snow and ice-covered launch to the oil and chemical tanker OW Copenhagen using the pilot ladder. He boasted that he had never worn a lifejacket. He fell from the pilot ladder and drowned.

Seawater temperature was at freezing point and air temperature was about -5 °C.

His body was taken from the sea 50 minutes later.

Says the Danish Maritime Authority report: “On 1 February 2010 at approximately 1700 hours, the launch MARTIN N was engaged to transfer a chief engineer who had been on leave from shore to the oil and chemical tanker OW COPENHAGEN that was at anchor on Copenhagen roads.

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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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Think Safety When Transferring At Sea

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Feb 052010

A transfer uysing the pilot ladder could be heading for a fall. Image: IMPA

Transferring from a smaller vessel to a bigger one is an inherently hazardous act even under the best conditions. Climbing a pilot ladder without appropriate precautions has led to the deaths and injuries of crew as well as pilots. At the same time, even rigging or adjusting a pilot ladder has resulted in loss of lives.

Denmark’s Maritime Authority, DMA, is currently investigating an incident during a transfer in the roads of Copenhagen on 1 February 2010. The crewman fell into the water and was lost. The crewmember was boarding the ship from a small transport vessel by means of the pilot ladder. The details of the accident are still unknown, but they are being examined by the Division for Investigation of Maritime Accidents.

The DMA has issued a safety advisory to clarify “some important measures to be taken when persons are being transferred at sea.

“If you observe these measures, you help ensure that the transfer is carried out in a safe and secure way. At the same time, it is important to stress that the necessary safety equipment must be in proper order and be used during the transfer.

The Danish Maritime Authority has drawn up the following list of conditions that should, as a minimum, be considered every time a person is to be transferred at sea.

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Watch That Chopper – Don't lose your head

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Aug 302008

Australia’s Maritime Safety Authority has issued Maritime Notice 13/2008 following worrying reports regarding helicopter/ship transfers, mainly for embarkation/disembarkation of maritime pilots, so it’s probably a good time to give a run-down on safety precautions. While helicopter transfers are usually covered as part of emergency procedures training it may not be apparent that safety procedures may be required in other cirumstances.

Masters should ensure that an intended helicopter landing place can take the weight of the rotorcraft and liaise with the helicopter pilot on suitability. Having a helicopter fall through the deck can be a touch problematic.

Appropriate firefighting equipment and a fire team in appropriate PPE should be on standby.

Only immediately necessary crew should be on deck.

As far as possible all personnel should be situated in such a way as they can be visually seen by the helicopter pilot. All personnel wishing to embark or disembark must be within visual range of the helicopter pilot.

Under no circumstances should a helicopter be approached without the specific approval of the helicopter pilot and follow his advice.

If at all possible, a helicopter should not be approached from the rear. Tail rotors are a significantly hazard, as are main rotors, both of which may be difficult to see, especially at night. If such an approach is required an appropriate strategy for the approach should be agreed between the pilkot and the person in charge on deck, (the helicopter landing officer) and followed to the letter.

Management should ensure that the ship/company SMS procedures cover safe helicopter transfers.

Remember, a helicopter is flying meatgrinder. If you want to keeps bits of you attached to the rest of you, treat them with care.