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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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Lead-acid battery explosion

What happened A lead-acid battery blew up when an engine was started. The incident occurred when, after conducting pre-start checks on a generator, the 2nd Engineer attempted to start the […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 06/21

Issues relating to Coronavirus management

A member has shared a number of issues relating to the Coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 confirmed case on the vessel A vessel assigned employee approached the vessel clinic with a high […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 06/21





Rigging failure during riser recovery – soft slings parted

During recovery of a 10m riser section with buoyancy modules attached, the riser section dropped 2.5m to deck when the soft slings parted after rubbing on the sharp edge of […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 05/21

Failure of remote control/emergency stop on rescue boat winch

What happened There was a failure of the winch remote control and emergency stop during recovery of the rescue boat to the davit.  The incident occurred on completion of rescue […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 05/21


Crane whip line parted during hook stop testing

What happened The crane was positioned in the rest while the Crane Operator carried out hook stop testing of the auxiliary winch. An uncontrolled hoisting movement resulted in the headache […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 05/21

COVID-19 Improper Risk Management

Two days after departure, a positive PCR test result was received, resulting in the person having to remain isolated on board the vessel for 14 days. The isolation was well […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 04/21

Two incidents relating to the condition of personal protective equipment

Here are two incidents reported by two different contractors, relating to the condition of personal protective equipment. Incident 1: Defective Safety Harness What happened Recommendations Crew on board reminded of […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 04/21



Hand injury when caught in machinery

What happened A crew member sustained injuries to his hand and arm when his hand got trapped by a moving belt.  The incident occurred during routine maintenance of an Air […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 04/21



Lifeboat wire rope failure

During a five-yearly 110% load test of a lifeboat, taking place under third party supervision, the forward fall wire failed, resulting in the lifeboat falling and flipping upside down landing […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 03/21

Near miss: uncontrolled movement of mooring chain

What happened There was a sudden and uncontrolled movement of very heavy mooring chain during chain laying operations.  A vessel was laying a 170mm diameter bottom chain from a suction […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 03/21

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