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Damage to flexible riser

What happened? During deployment of a water injection riser from a vessel, damage to the outer coating occurred when it came into contact with the sharp edge of the flare […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 18/22

Flash fire on Oxygen gas quad hose

What happened There was a flash fire on an Oxygen hose line onboard a DSV.  The incident occurred during routine checks, when an LST (Life Support Technician) reported that the […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 18/22


Don’t ASSUME – verify and check

A member reports a number of serious control of work related accidents and near misses, in which a common cause across them all was seen to be ASSUMPTIONS being made […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 17/22

Man overboard from anchor handler tug

What happened A sub-contracted anchor handling tug was performing grapnel run activities using a long chain as a grapnel. Whilst overboarding the chain, a crew member lost balance and fell […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 17/22

Incorrect operations result in failure of hoist

What happened A chain hoist failure resulted in a chain link breaking which caused an 800kg load to fall to deck from a height of 1 metre. Personnel were working […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 17/22

Broken Chinese Finger

What happened During a reeving operation of the forward crane auxiliary hoist, there was a failure of a “Chinese Finger” between the messenger wire and auxiliary hoist wire. About 6m […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 17/22

Damage to bulwarks during overboarding of mattresses

What happened During the overboarding of a mattress stack (3x 150mm mattresses) using a mattress frame, the mattresses made contact with the port side bulwarks causing damage.  Before and during […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 16/22


Lost Time Injuries due to a failed mooring line

What happened? A vessel was mobilising and was moored stern to the quayside. It was moored with one aft mooring rope at each side and thruster control from the vessel, […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 16/22

American P&I Club: Extreme bollard pull

The American P&I Club, as part of it’s “Good Catch” safety series, has published learnings from an incident where bollards were pulled right out of the ground of the dock […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 16/22

BSEE/USCG: Dealing with extreme weather events

The United States Coastguard (USCG) and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) have each published a joint Safety Alert relating to the reasons for a drillship’s unsuccessful attempts to […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 16/22

Infection: a scratched elbow turns into an LTI

What happened A technician banged an elbow whilst climbing out from under the slipring on a wind turbine generator. The technician notified the site manager that it was just a […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 15/22

NTSB: watertight doors – vessel sank after flooding

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) of the United States has published findings from an investigation into the flooding and sinking of a towing vessel. What happened A towing vessel […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 15/22

Fire at sea – some timely reminders (Safety4Sea)

The online safety magazine https://safety4sea.com, which amongst other organisations, re-publishes IMCA safety flashes, has published an article entitled “Tackling fire onboard: Where we stand”. It is based on findings from […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 15/22

High potential: electric shock near miss

What happened? An engineer suffered a minor electrical shock while troubleshooting a faulty 690V electric motor. The engineer checked the drive belt and then proceeded to measure the phases. Measuring […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 15/22



MSF: Corrosion in fire-fighting equipment

What happened The Marine Safety Forum (MSF) has published Safety Alert 22-09 relating to observations involving the CO2 firefighting system onboard a  vessel. Significant corrosion was found during routine monthly […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 13/22


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