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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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Failure of self-righting frame on Fast Rescue Craft (FRC)

What happened? During a routine rescue drill the self-righting frame assembly fell off the Fast Rescue Craft (FRC) into the water while the FRC was transiting at approximately 15 knots. […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 03/24

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

Flood light dropped to deck – corrosion

A floodlight weighing about 6kg was found on the deck, near to the scaffolding storage area, underneath the main crane boom rest.  The flood light affixed to the main crane […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 14/21

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

Vessel flooding incident

What happened? A vessel suffered flooding and loss of integrity, caused by sea water ingress into the engine room, due to a hole developing in the box cooler bulkhead. A […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 13/20

Failed shackle on vessel life raft

What happened? There was a failure of two stainless steel “D” shackles forming part of a life raft hydrostatic release assembly on a vessel.  This was discovered whilst the vessel […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 30/19

Corrosion: failure of bolts on a cargo barge bollard

What happened? During pipelay operations a cargo barge was moored port side to the pipelay vessel to enable pipe loading.  Mooring lines were secured to the cargo barge’s bow, stern […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 03/19

Use of spelter sockets

A member has reported an incident onboard one of its vessel’s that has highlighted a potential safety issue for other IMCA member’s regarding the use of a particular type of […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 02/08

Power management system dynamic positioning (DP) incident

We have received the following information from a member regarding a power management system (PMS) fault which led to a DP station keeping incident on one of its vessels. This […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 07/02

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