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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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LTI: person fell down hatch inside crane pedestal

What happened Two service engineers where performing an inspection inside a offshore crane pedestal.  Inside, there was a ladder running the full height of the crane pedestal, with a hatch […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 01/22

Vessel ran aground causing major hull damage

What happened A vessel left port and started a transit.  During the first part of the voyage, the vessel was overtaking another vessel and the decision was made to pass […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 32/21

MAIB: Grounding of general cargo vessel Kaami

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has published Accident Investigation Report 7/2021 into the running aground of a cargo vessel in March 2020. What went wrong? The MAIB investigation […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 21/21

COBRA bailout system – guidance note

What happened Users have reported blistering and flaking of the lacquer on the cylinder exterior, and premature, excessive corrosion on the exposed aluminium at the cylinder neck, as seen in […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 21/21






Poor condition of on-board equipment

What happened? During ‘safety walk arounds’ on one of our members’ vessels, certain equipment was seen to be in poor condition.  In the first case, a fire blanket in the […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 03/20


Uncontrolled release of walk to work gangway

What happened? A walk-to-work (W2W) gangway system broke loose from its connection point.  The incident occurred during transfer of four persons to an offshore wind installation.  The first person got […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 07/19

LTI: engineer injured following engine room slip/trip

What happened? An engineer was injured when he stepped on a loose deck plate.  The incident occurred during a dry dock, when an engineer was walking in the engine room […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 03/19

Two dropped object near misses

Incident 1 – Wooden block laying in top of main hoist block During a voyage in good weather conditions, the Captain decided that the vessel would sail with the cranes […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 13/18

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