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LTI during deck cargo operations

What happened A crewman was seriously injured during lifting operations. The incident occurred while lifting pipe bundles from the vessel onto a fixed structure.  Two crewmen were ready to hook […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 10/21


Shipyard worker receives electrical shock

What happened A shipyard worker received a serious electrical shock onboard a vessel in dry dock.  The incident occurred when a shipyard welding team were setting up equipment outside on  […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 10/21


Near miss: vessel approach to wind turbine tower

A member reports two near miss incidents within two weeks of one another, in which during the approach of a vessel to a wind turbine tower, the nacelle started moving, […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 10/21

Engineer suffered burn injuries in engine room incident

The Belgian Federal Bureau for the Investigation of Maritime Accidents (FEBIMA) has published its detailed and informative Report 2020/003688 “Report on the investigation into a serious injury on board” the […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 09/21

Case study: Lone watchkeeping grounding at night

The Britannia P&I Club has created a handy case study on the incident, including a summary, presentation commentary and lessons learned: here. What went wrong? The ship ran aground because […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 09/21

Incorrect measurement and markings on divers umbilical

What happened During a diving operation it was seen that the colour distance markings on the divers umbilical were not the same as stated in the diving contractor’s Diving Operations […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 09/21


Dropped object during crane operations

What happened A  piece of timber fell from a crane jib and landed on deck.  The main crane on the vessel was being prepared for lifting operations by four deck […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 09/21

MSF: Air cylinder failure in lifeboat

What happened There was a structural failure of an air cylinder fitted in a lifeboat.  It occurred without warning. No work had or was being conducted on or around the […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 08/21


Tumble dryer fire: lint ignition

What happened? Accumulated lint trapped inside an industrial tumble dryer onboard a member’s vessel, overheated and ignited. Whilst working in the vessel laundry a steward smelt burning coming from one […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 08/21



Vessel hull damage due to quayside contact

What happened In two separate incidents at Great Yarmouth in the UK, two vessels have sustained damage to hull plating and hull fenders through contact with damaged, missing or misaligned […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 07/21

Failure of natural fibre rope in embarkation ladder

What happened Planned inspection/replacement of a lifeboat embarkation ladder identified the total failure of the natural fibre rope at the securing thimble.  The fibre rope at the anchor point securing […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 07/21

Line of fire: deck tugger wire failure

What happened? Personnel were standing in line of fire during recovery of a Back-Fill Plough when a chain sling failed, and the rigging recoiled across the deck.  A tugger wire […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 07/21


Three man overboard fatalities

The Marine Safety Investigation Unit of Transport Malta has published two reports outlining three man overboard fatalities. Incident 1 – two men washed overboard whilst working on deck in high […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 07/21

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