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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



Wrong key for the CO2 room

What happened During a weekly inspection it was revealed that the key for the CO2 fixed firefighting system compartment, which was stored in a break glass box adjacent to the […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 24/21

Near Miss – Damaged Rig Hose

What happened A vessel was engaged in routine operations receiving contaminated oil-based mud from a rig. Upon disconnecting the rig hose and vessel side coupling it was discovered that the […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 24/21


Damaged Electrical Cable

What happened? During a washdown of a vessel’s cargo hold a crew member noticed arcing from around two electrical cables near the cargo hold light.  Upon closer investigation he noticed […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 24/21

Crane contact with pipelay tower resulting in dropped object

What happened A crane made contact with a pipelay tower handrail during a routine lifting operation, resulting in a serious dropped object event.  There were no injuries.  The incident occurred […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 23/21

NOPSEMA: person injured in chain hoist incident

The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) of Australia has published Safety Alert #73 relating to an incident on an offshore facility where members of the workforce […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 23/21

Dropped object – unexpected release of spool

What happened? During offshore installation activities there was an unexpected release of the load resulting in it falling to the seabed.  The incident occurred during the relocation of a spool […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 23/21



Wear a life-jacket!! (MAIB)

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has published an instructive and useful account of a recent man overboard exercise, which is summarised below for members. Lifejackets: hold an honest […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 22/21



Step Change in Safety – Major Accident Hazard (MAH) Awareness

Step Change in Safety have published a safety moment or “mini alerts pack” on Major Accident Hazard (MAH) Awareness. It can be downloaded here. The major accidents covered include: Chevron […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 22/21

US Coast Guard: Wire rope terminations

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has issued Marine Safety Alert 04-21 relating to wire rope terminations. The Safety Alert addresses the importance of verifying the condition and manufacturing of […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 22/21

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