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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

Engine room fire on a ferry

The Bahamas Maritime Authority has published a report into an engine room fire on board the ferry Pride of Hull in October 2020. What happened A fire was detected onboard […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 03/22

Incorrect as-built drawing configuration

What happened During leak investigations at a subsea manifold, divers carried out intervention on the system in accordance with approved procedures based on information provided by the client. It subsequently […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 03/22

Near miss: divers umbilical drawn beneath a load

What happened Suction from a large GRP (glass-reinforced plastic) cover during lifting resulted in a diver’s umbilical being drawn beneath the load.  The incident occurred during hook-up of the GRP […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 03/22

Chemical reaction: person injured during grouting operations

What happened After completion of the grouting operation for an offshore wind farm transition piece, the sub-contract grouting team began cleaning their equipment using high pressure water jets. During this […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 02/22

Hose management and chemicals: crew person felt ill

What happened Whilst filling a bucket from a hose, someone was adversely affected by the contents of the hose. The incident happened whilst two engineers were in the process of […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 02/22

Three bolts sheared on a lifting trunnion

What happened After successful installation of a offshore renewables Transition Piece (TP), crew accessed the TP and discovered that the cover plate of the lifting trunnion had fallen off and […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 02/22


Bailout manifold failure

What happened A diving bell bailout manifold failed under pressure. No divers were in the bell at the time. The bell was being prepared for diving operations whilst the DSV […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 02/22

LTI: person fell down hatch inside crane pedestal

What happened Two service engineers where performing an inspection inside a offshore crane pedestal.  Inside, there was a ladder running the full height of the crane pedestal, with a hatch […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 01/22


Fire door left wedged open

What happened During a routine visit to a vessel in port, it was noticed that the Class A fire door for the laundry was intentionally wedged open with a wooden […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 01/22

Lifejacket battery caught fire

During an inspection on a vessel in cold lay-up, the lifejackets stored underneath a sitting bench in the wheelhouse were found burned and melted. No-one was harmed; apart from the […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 01/22


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