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MSF: three potential near misses during cargo operations

Three recent safety alerts have been released by the MSF, all relating to high potential near misses during cargo operations. One of the incidents is a dropped object near miss and two relate to cargo moving on deck.

  • Safety alert 18-15: Potential Dropped Object

During deck cargo operations at an offshore installation, as a container was received on the installation landing platform the crane operator reported that a potential dropped object had been discovered on top of the container. The object was discovered to be from the supply vessel; the previous day, the supply vessel crew had conducted a fire training drill, which included rigging hoses on the main deck amongst the deck cargo. A lapse in attention by the individual using the tool and a failure in the post-work inspection meant that the tool was left on top of the container on completion of the fire exercise. The photographs show that this object was both conspicuous (red handle against blue coloured container) in appearance and left in a conspicuous position on the container. The object ought to have been discovered and removed post exercise.

  • Safety alert 18-13: Cargo Shifted on Deck – High Potential Near Miss

Unsecured cargo, including a 24′ basket and 20 mud skips, shifted across the deck when a wave, significantly larger than forecast, passed the vessel. The vessel had been alongside a platform working cargo earlier in the day, but owing to the deteriorating weather conditions, the vessel ceased work and departed the 500m zone. The cargo was unsecured to facilitate cargo operations, and was not re-secured on departing the 500m zone. As conditions improved (to Force 6, 2.5m seas) preparation was made for re-entry to the 500m zone, and at this point, the large wave struck.

  • Safety alert 18-14: Deck Cargo Shifted – High Potential Near Miss

A wave struck the stern of a platform supply vessel (PSV) and caused the cargo to move. The incident occurred whilst the PSV was working both stern to weather and stern towards the rig. Wind was 19 m/s and there was a significant wave height of 3.2m. As the cargo operation was about to start, a large wave hit the stern of the ship and water came over the deck. This resulted in shifting cargo; one crew member was located on the deck in an unsafe position, close to the containers. No personal injuries resulted.

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