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IMCA safety flashes disseminate important information on incidents and potential hazards and the lessons learnt from them that can help prevent incidents occurring elsewhere in the industry.

Individual safety events are available individually online, tagged and searchable, while the traditional PDF collections are also available for download.

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Implosion of chemical tank

What happened? A chemical tank, partly filled with Monoethylene Glycol (MEG), imploded on the back deck of a vessel, resulting in a spillage of around two cubic metres of MEG […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 07/24

USCG: hazard from discarded munitions

The United States Coastguard (USCG) had published Safety Alert 02-24 relating to hazards presented by discarded ammunition. The alert was issued to raise awareness of lurking hazards caused by discarded […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 07/24


LTI: person slipped climbing out of tank

What happened A crew person was injured getting out of a fresh water tank on a vessel. The incident occurred during cleaning of the tank. The injured person was in […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 07/24



High potential: sea water inlet pipe leakage in engine room

What happened Vessel crew noticed seawater ingress on a pipe very close to the inside of the hull. The leak was noticed whilst the vessel was offshore when engine crew […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 06/24


MSF: Chemical Handling – Eye Burn

What happened The Marine Safety Forum published Safety Alert 23-20 relating to someone getting an eye injury as a result of getting chemicals in their eye. The incident occurred when […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 06/24




Heavy equipment fell over during manual handling

What happened? During manual handling of a heavy control cabinet, the centre of gravity was compromised, and the cabinet fell over onto a crew member’s leg, resulting in a bruise […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 05/24

UK HSE: Crane boom collapse

What happened The UK HSE has fined an offshore drilling company after the catastrophic collapse of a crane boom. See here for the press release. The HSE reported: “Nobody was […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 05/24



BSEE: Confined space entry – tank cleaning

The United States’ Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has published Safety Alert 477 relating to working in Confined Spaces. In recent months, BSEE has observed a trend of […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 04/24


Vessel damaged in contact with platform

What happened A CTV (crew transfer vessel) collided with a fixed platform when one of the engines failed. The CTV was approaching a platform to transfer crew onto it, when […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 04/24

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