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MSF: CO2 system left non-operational after servicing

What Happened The Marine Safety Forum has published Safety Alert 22-10 relating to an important safety system being left non-operational after it was serviced. The incident happened when a vessel […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 19/22

Equipment found live: drawings incorrect for Lock-out/Tag-out

What happened? An electrical working foreman was “checking for dead” on control oil pump motor space heaters. It was discovered that the heaters were still live and energized. The heaters […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 19/22

Machinery breakdown leads to a collision

CHIRP Maritime, an industry charity facilitating confidential incident reporting from seafarers, has published its Annual Digest 2021, which includes a number of events and incidents of interest to IMCA members. […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 19/22

Third-party truck not in appropriate or safe condition

What happened? During preparation for transporting pipe sections from port to a coating supplier’s facility, trucks to be used for the pipes were inspected and several defects identified. Trucks found […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 19/22

Mixing of cleaning chemicals

What happened? A worker mixed bleach and toilet cleaner whilst working in the confines of a toilet area onboard a tug. The two chemicals mixed and there was a chemical […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 18/22

A focus on journey management

A member reports two serious vehicle incidents, in Brazil and in the Netherlands, which resulted in only minor injuries but could have had much worse outcomes. What happened? Incident 1: […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 18/22

USCG: Unexpected Dangers: Lifeboat Remote Control Wires

The United States Coastguard (USCG) has published Safety Alert 07-22 which addresses the importance of visually inspecting lifeboat and davit installations before testing with crewmembers on board, and ensuring crew […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 18/22

Damage to flexible riser

What happened? During deployment of a water injection riser from a vessel, damage to the outer coating occurred when it came into contact with the sharp edge of the flare […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 18/22

Flash fire on Oxygen gas quad hose

What happened There was a flash fire on an Oxygen hose line onboard a DSV.  The incident occurred during routine checks, when an LST (Life Support Technician) reported that the […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 18/22

Don’t ASSUME – verify and check

A member reports a number of serious control of work related accidents and near misses, in which a common cause across them all was seen to be ASSUMPTIONS being made […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 17/22

Man overboard from anchor handler tug

What happened A sub-contracted anchor handling tug was performing grapnel run activities using a long chain as a grapnel. Whilst overboarding the chain, a crew member lost balance and fell […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 17/22

Incorrect operations result in failure of hoist

What happened A chain hoist failure resulted in a chain link breaking which caused an 800kg load to fall to deck from a height of 1 metre. Personnel were working […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 17/22

Broken Chinese Finger

What happened During a reeving operation of the forward crane auxiliary hoist, there was a failure of a “Chinese Finger” between the messenger wire and auxiliary hoist wire. About 6m […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 17/22

Damage to bulwarks during overboarding of mattresses

What happened During the overboarding of a mattress stack (3x 150mm mattresses) using a mattress frame, the mattresses made contact with the port side bulwarks causing damage.  Before and during […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 16/22

Lost Time Injuries due to a failed mooring line

What happened? A vessel was mobilising and was moored stern to the quayside. It was moored with one aft mooring rope at each side and thruster control from the vessel, […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 16/22

American P&I Club: Extreme bollard pull

The American P&I Club, as part of it’s “Good Catch” safety series, has published learnings from an incident where bollards were pulled right out of the ground of the dock […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 16/22

BSEE/USCG: Dealing with extreme weather events

The United States Coastguard (USCG) and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) have each published a joint Safety Alert relating to the reasons for a drillship’s unsuccessful attempts to […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 16/22

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