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Overcoming Language Barriers

Safety4Sea https://safety4sea.com has published an excellent article on issues with language barriers at sea. The article can be found here. Language barriers are a common challenge in the shipping environment […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 07/22



MSF: Foreign object in eye

What happened The Marine Safety Forum reports in Safety Alert 21-20 that a worker got debris in his eye whilst paint chipping. A few hours after the job was completed, […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 06/22






Fractured finger while handling metal plates

What happened While working on deck, a crew member suffered a pinch injury to his right hand baby finger, resulting in a distal fracture to the tip of the finger […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 05/22





NTSB: Engine Failure leads to fire aboard offshore supply vessel

The National Transportation Safety Board of the United States (NTSB) has published a report into a diesel generator engine failure and subsequent fire aboard an offshore supply vessel (OSV) in […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 04/22

Cargo shifted during heavy weather

What happened Cargo broke loose in heavy seas on a vessel in transit. Moderate to heavy rolling caused strapping holding stacks of cargo (metal beams) to break, causing the stacks […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 04/22

UK HSE: Offshore crane boom hoist failures

The UK HSE (Health and Safety Executive) have published an alert relating to two incidents that occurred offshore, involving the failure of crane boom hoist ropes, resulting in the crane […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 04/22


Life raft lashing parted in rough weather

What happened During rough weather on a vessel at sea, the lashing on a life raft gave way due to wear on stitching on the strap eye. The life raft […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 03/22

Radio interference from damaged equipment affects other vessels

What happened On a pipelay barge, radio frequency interference to the vessel’s GNSS systems was reported by a surveyor. There was only one other vessel alongside. This vessel was contacted […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 03/22

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