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Lifeboat wire rope failure

During a five-yearly 110% load test of a lifeboat, taking place under third party supervision, the forward fall wire failed, resulting in the lifeboat falling and flipping upside down landing […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 03/21

Near miss: uncontrolled movement of mooring chain

What happened There was a sudden and uncontrolled movement of very heavy mooring chain during chain laying operations.  A vessel was laying a 170mm diameter bottom chain from a suction […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 03/21

Dutch Safety Board: fatality when mooring line snapped

What happened The Dutch Safety Board has issued the following report on a mooring line fatality onboard chemical tanker RN Privodino on 28 June 2018, while entering the Noordersluis lock […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 03/21



NTSB: Overturning of the Liftboat Kristin Faye

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) of the United States has published Marine Accident Brief MAB 20-36 relating to the overturning of liftboat (small jack-up) Kristin Faye. Liftboats are three- […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 02/21

Safety Flashes – a summary of 2020

This is a summary of the IMCA Safety Flashes of 2020. All the published safety events or incidents are available on the IMCA website as individual web pages at https://www.imca-int.com/safety-events. […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 01/21

MSF: Cargo Snagging

The Marine Safety Forum (MSF) have published Safety Alert 20-08 relating to the snagging of cargo during lifting operations. What happened A vessel was engaged in deck cargo operations at […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 02/21


How PPE works – a reminder

The Marine Safety Forum (MSF) has published two recent incidents in which failure to wear PPE was a factor. In the first, there was deliberate failure to wear PPE where […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 34/20

Broken finger during ROV maintenance

What happened A worker broke his finger whilst working on an ROV. The incident occurred during ROV maintenance when he was single-handedly removing a bumper bar located above head height. […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 34/20


LTI: Person injured by a battery explosion on vessel deck

What happened A battery blew up, causing the lid of the battery housing to shoot upwards and hit one of the persons working on it, causing significant facial injuries.  The […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 34/20






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