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Wrong key for the CO2 room

What happened During a weekly inspection it was revealed that the key for the CO2 fixed firefighting system compartment, which was stored in a break glass box adjacent to the […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 24/21

Near Miss – Damaged Rig Hose

What happened A vessel was engaged in routine operations receiving contaminated oil-based mud from a rig. Upon disconnecting the rig hose and vessel side coupling it was discovered that the […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 24/21


Damaged Electrical Cable

What happened? During a washdown of a vessel’s cargo hold a crew member noticed arcing from around two electrical cables near the cargo hold light.  Upon closer investigation he noticed […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 24/21

Crane contact with pipelay tower resulting in dropped object

What happened A crane made contact with a pipelay tower handrail during a routine lifting operation, resulting in a serious dropped object event.  There were no injuries.  The incident occurred […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 23/21

NOPSEMA: person injured in chain hoist incident

The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) of Australia has published Safety Alert #73 relating to an incident on an offshore facility where members of the workforce […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 23/21

Dropped object – unexpected release of spool

What happened? During offshore installation activities there was an unexpected release of the load resulting in it falling to the seabed.  The incident occurred during the relocation of a spool […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 23/21



Wear a life-jacket!! (MAIB)

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has published an instructive and useful account of a recent man overboard exercise, which is summarised below for members. Lifejackets: hold an honest […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 22/21



Step Change in Safety – Major Accident Hazard (MAH) Awareness

Step Change in Safety have published a safety moment or “mini alerts pack” on Major Accident Hazard (MAH) Awareness. It can be downloaded here. The major accidents covered include: Chevron […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 22/21

US Coast Guard: Wire rope terminations

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has issued Marine Safety Alert 04-21 relating to wire rope terminations. The Safety Alert addresses the importance of verifying the condition and manufacturing of […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 22/21

Fault in high voltage equipment

What happened A serious fault was discovered in high voltage (-5600 V) equipment; the fault caused sparks to be observed across the high voltage terminals.  Portable seismic survey “sparker” equipment […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 21/21

MAIB: Grounding of general cargo vessel Kaami

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has published Accident Investigation Report 7/2021 into the running aground of a cargo vessel in March 2020. What went wrong? The MAIB investigation […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 21/21

Descending Stairs Safely

On one of our members’ vessels, an observation was raised relating to the hazards associated with steep stairs. The subject is worthy of a timely reminder for us all. There […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 21/21

Acetylene quad fire on quayside

What happened A member reports an acetylene gas quad fire which occurred on the quayside. No injuries occurred during the event.  The incident occurred during a project vessel demobilisation when […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 21/21

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