Fatal fall accident during a wire change operation

The Swedish Club have described a fatal fall where an AB lost his balance during a wire change
The Swedish Club have described a fatal fall where an AB lost his balance during a wire change

The Swedish Club has described a fatal fall incident in its latest monthly safety bulletin about how an AB lost his balance during a wire change operation, resulting in him falling onto the hatch cover from a height of about 8 metres and losing his life.

It was an early spring morning with clear skies and calm seas and the vessel was sailing in the open seas. The Chief Officer had assembled the deck crew in the deck office and instructed them about the planned job for the day which was to change the wire of one of the deck cranes. All members were designated a job and the risk assessment Continue reading “Fatal fall accident during a wire change operation”

Lack of stability book knowledge led to landing barge capsize

Landing barge capsized due to lack of stability book knowledge
Landing barge capsized due to lack of stability book knowledge

On 21 August 2019, a landing barge (operated as a Class 1E and 2D) capsized while transiting from Great Mackerel Beach to Pittwater north of Sydney. AMSA has provided the lessons learnt from this event.

Leading up to the incident the landing barge loaded a vacuum suction truck and secured it to the starboard side of the deck so that the master could maintain forward visibility from the wheelhouse while navigating the vessel. Following, the vessel listed to starboard and subsequently capsized shortly after leaving Great Mackerel Beach. The investigation found at the time of the incident no wind or wave action was present. Continue reading “Lack of stability book knowledge led to landing barge capsize”

Time to take charge of lithium battery moves

The market is exponentially increasing through consumer demand for a wide variety of rechargeable products from handheld devices to power tools and electric vehicles. Recently recorded incidents of container fires caused by, or suspected to involve lithium batteries, as well as conflagrations of significant proportions on car carriers and ro-pax ships mean that safety concerns rightly continue to grow amongst the maritime community. In addition to which revised regulatory restrictions regarding the carriage by air of lithium batteries, which took effect from 1st April, may result in greater volumes being transported by surface modes. Continue reading “Time to take charge of lithium battery moves”

Unsecured openings led to sinking of towing vessel Proassist III determines NTSB report

 NTSB report determines that unsecured openings led to sinking of towing vessel Proassist III
NTSB report determines that unsecured openings led to sinking of towing vessel Proassist III

Unsecured openings in the deck of a towing vessel led to its eventual flooding and sinking off the coast of Puerto Rico are the findings from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

The towing vessel, Proassist III, suffered flooding in its stern compartments and sank near Puerto Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, on December 24, 2020, while transiting northbound off the coast. The three crewmembers on board were unable to pump out the water and eventually abandoned the vessel. No injuries were reported. The vessel was declared a total loss at $968,000. Continue reading “Unsecured openings led to sinking of towing vessel Proassist III determines NTSB report”

Seafarer lives are being risked unnecessarily during lifeboat drills

Lifeboat drills are risking seafarers lives unnecessarily
Lifeboat drills are risking seafarers lives unnecessarily

Seafarers are dying needlessly in lifeboat accidents when maritime legislation doesn’t actually require vessels to be manned during drills.

InterManager, the international trade association for ship and crew managers, is raising awareness of this fact by highlighting a legislative change which means that it is not necessary for crew to be onboard when lifeboats are tested.

SOLAS regulation III/19.3.3.3 requires each lifeboat to be launched at least once every three months Continue reading “Seafarer lives are being risked unnecessarily during lifeboat drills”

Broken fuel valve caused an engine room fire

Photo credit: Swedish Club
Photo credit: Swedish Club

In its latest monthly safety scenario, the Swedish Club has explained an incident where a broken fuel valve above the auxiliary engines started spraying fuel oil over an exhaust pipe, causing a huge explosion and a fire in the engine room.

A vessel was lying alongside loading cargo. The Chief Officer called the engine control room (ECR) to ask the duty engineer to start an extra auxiliary engine so he could begin to ballast the vessel. Continue reading “Broken fuel valve caused an engine room fire”

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