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Shortened lanyard on MOB beacon

What happened? The practice of shortening the lanyards on MOB beacons was discovered by someone visiting a vessel.  This was accordingly communicated to the Chief mate to be fixed.  If […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 28/21


Line of fire near miss – almost a head injury

During cable trans-spooling operations, someone almost suffered a very serious head injury. What happened? Whilst a messenger rope (a mooring line) was being pulled across from a cable vessel to […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 28/21



NTSB: collision leading to loss of life and damage

The National Transportation Safety Board of the United States (NTSB) has published Marine Accident Brief 21/16 relating to a collision on the Mississippi river in January 2020. The collision led […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 27/21






Stuck emergency hatch freed

What happened? It was discovered, during an inspection onboard, that the emergency escape hatch leading from the steering gear compartment to the main deck walkway on the starboard side, was […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 26/21

Failure of in-service saturation bailout bottle

What happened? During saturation diving operations, Diver 1 reported his bailout bottle pressure dropped. A leak was observed by diver 2 but the origin was uncertain.  Diver 1 returned to […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 26/21

Electrician suffered flash burn to hand

What happened A third-party electrician on a vessel in dry dock got burnt whilst verifying the integrity of insulation on a 690 Volt bus bar. A voltaic arc was created […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 26/21

MSF: Hand Injury Sustained During Routine Checks

The Marine Safety Forum (MSF) has published Safety Alert 21-13 relating to a hand injury sustained during routine activities. What happened? During routine weekly checks, someone was performing tests for […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 26/21

NTSB – Safer Seas Digest 2020

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) of the United States has published their SAFER SEAS Digest 2020, being lessons learned from marine accident investigations.  The NTSB determines the probable cause […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 26/21




What are audits for? Some eCMID findings

 eCMID is IMCA’s well-respected safety management system health-check for offshore vessels – an electronic version of the Common Marine Inspection Document.  The results here are from 769 eCMID inspections, conducted […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 25/21

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