Alerts iconUSCG: Automatic identification system (AIS) inaccuracies led to fatalities

The United States Coastguard (USCG) has published Safety Alert 04-20 relating to an incident where a causal factor in a number of fatalities was incorrect information entered into vessel AIS (Automatic Identification Systems). Accurate AIS data entry and display is essential to safe navigation. What happened? During the hours of darkness, two towing vessels were … Continue reading “USCG: Automatic identification system (AIS) inaccuracies led to fatalities”

Alerts iconCrewman fatally injured while stood on the stern ramp of Seatruck Progress

What happened? The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has published Accident Investigation Report 10/2020 into the death of the Third Officer of Seatruck Progress, when he was struck and fatally injured by a freight vehicle semi-trailer while standing on the vessel’s stern ramp. What went wrong? The semi-trailer was being pushed ashore by one … Continue reading “Crewman fatally injured while stood on the stern ramp of Seatruck Progress”

Alerts iconTrip and fall down hotel stairs causing serious wrist injury

What happened? Whilst engaged in business travel, an employee of one of our members slipped and fell when descending a hotel staircase.  He sustained multiple fractures and dislocation of the left wrist. He used his left hand to try to ‘break’ the fall which incurred serious impact injuries.  The injured person reported to the company … Continue reading “Trip and fall down hotel stairs causing serious wrist injury”

Alerts iconNear miss/positive: crew exercised stop work on new gangway

What happened? A newly installed gangway was found inadequate and unsafe. After the first transfer test on the gangway, the Captain observed several unsafe conditions – a trip hazard and a minor hydraulic leak – and he immediately exercised the Stop Work Authority. On further inspection of the gangway some cracks were found on the … Continue reading “Near miss/positive: crew exercised stop work on new gangway”