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Inadequate maintenance and securing arrangements of emergency exit hatches

What happened?

The port side emergency exit to deck from the steering gear room failed to open during an inspection by shore-side management. In addition, inappropriate locking arrangements (bolt with a nut) were found used for various emergency exit hatches located on both sides of the main deck.

What were the causes?

  • There were inappropriate locking arrangements for emergency exit hatches – these should not be used. This practice could have led to a potentially hazardous situation where the hatch could not be opened.

What lessons were learned?

  • As per company planned maintenance schedule, the correct and full operation of all watertight doors and escape hatches should be checked on a weekly basis;
  • Safety inspections and maintenance of critical equipment should be conducted in an effective manner.

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Safety Event

Published: 17 September 2018
Download: IMCA SF 21/18

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