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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.

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Lift bag near miss

What happened During the over-boarding of a spool, a lift bag while being inflated, ascended through the engineered rigging arrangement and was caught by the contingency rigging. The diver had […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 07/23

Compressor fire

What happened? There was a fire in a 25bar high flow diesel driven screw compressor installed on the back deck. The incident occurred on a diving support vessel operating within […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 06/23

Battery explosion during routine maintenance

What happened A chief engineer suffered minor injuries in a battery explosion when disconnecting a cable from the battery. The incident occurred onboard a harbour tug. The chief engineer was […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 06/23

Electrolytic corrosion: failure of fire hose couplings

What happened During routine pressure/leak testing, a fire hose fitting failed at the neck of the stub inserted into the hose. As part of annual testing of the fire hydrant […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 04/23

Air hose connection failure

What happened An air supply hose on an air-driven tugger winch snapped out under pressure from the cam lock adapter. A main deck air-driven tugger winch supplied through a 5cm […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 04/23

Dropped objects in dry dock

A member reports two dropped object incidents during a vessel dry-dock, both with serious injury potential. Incident 1: What happened? During a thruster overhaul, the hold-back rigging for the steering […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 04/23

Uncertified lifting gear found in use

What happened A number of shackles and other lifting equipment were observed in use onboard a vessel with no certification or inspection reports available. Some equipment was colour coded by […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 04/23

Single point failure resulting in a dropped object

What happened A small part weighing 0.3kg fell 20 meters from an OMC-160 wind speed and direction sensor installed on a vessel’s main mast. Two wind speed and direction sensors […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 03/23

Small fire following hot work

What happened On a member’s vessel alongside, a small fire started following hot work conducted by the client’s welding sub-contractors. The incident occurred during the welding of jumper stands on […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 03/23

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