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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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Vessel collided with platform

What happened A vessel was waiting on weather when it collided with an unmanned and unlit platform. The vessel had been holding on DP at a fairly constant distance from […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 11/24



BSEE: Welding and Burning Hazards

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement of the United States (BSEE) has released Safety Alert 482 entitled Risk Based Inspection Identifies  Welding and Burning Hazards. What happened Following inspections […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 10/24



A reminder on watertight doors

What happened Watertight doors that ought have been secured  shut, were observed open during a  safety walkaround. It’s worth reiterating the importance of watertight doors – the clue is in […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 08/24



UK HSE: Crane boom collapse

What happened The UK HSE has fined an offshore drilling company after the catastrophic collapse of a crane boom. See here for the press release. The HSE reported: “Nobody was […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 05/24





LTI: gangway collapsed

What happened A person was badly injured when a gangway collapsed as he was using it. The incident occurred when the injured person requested permission to leave Vessel 2, which […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 28/23



Uncertified bosun’s chairs

What happened A member conducting management visits to vessels discovered three separate cases where “Bosun’s Chairs” or similar support structures for working at height activities related to painting and repair […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 24/23


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