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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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Explosion of hose-ball valve assembly

A member has reported the following incident, which occurred during an onshore drilling operation. During the operation (run in hole) with a 4½” liner, the crew was instructed to fill […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 03/02

Caution advised on cellphone use due to ignition fears

A member has passed on a report of an incident where a contracted specialist was working on an open panel supplying instrumentation gas. He was carrying a cellphone that was […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 03/02

Guidewire anchor failure

A member has reported that during subsea operation, the upper part of a guidewire anchor disengaged from the main body of the anchor, resulting in the unintended release of the […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 03/02

Near-miss incident involving insecure load

A member has reported the following incident which occurred on one of its vessels. A deck crew had picked up a pallet of rollers from the aft deck and was […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 02/02

Incorrectly supplied diving equipment

IMCA has received a report of equipment being provided which proved to be not the equipment indicated on the package documentation. If such equipment had not gone through safety checks, […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 02/02

Helideck operations

The attention of members who carry out or are involved in helideck operations is drawn to the attached letter and enclosure received from CHC Scotia Ltd. IMCA awaits the AAIB […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 02/02

Ikaros MOB MkII smoke/light units (model 345105)

Safety Notice 13/01 (Exploding light and smoke marker) brought attention to the need for safety pins being correctly fitted and manufacturer’s instructions being exactly followed before transport or inspection of […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 01/02

Drugs tampering

A member has reported that drugs kept on board were found to have been tampered with. The drug was either morphine or pethidine and was kept in a plastic ampoule. […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 01/02

Dangers of battery charging

A member has reported the following incident which occurred on one of its vessels during normal operations. One cell of a battery used on the engine popped out, causing a […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 01/02

Aluminium fresh water tanks: Near collapse due to serious corrosion

During an owner’s annual inspection, serious corrosion attacks were found in integrated aluminium fresh water tanks, which required extensive repair. Brackets and stiffeners were found partly corroded through, as shown […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 01/02

Lacerated wound and fracture of the knee

We have been notified of the following incident in the drilling sector. An assistant driller and others were trying to lift the balancing frame to ‘guide line’ with the aid […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 01/02

MSA Surety Sure-Stop™ shock absorbers

Members should be aware of the following ‘Stop Use & Recall Notice’ issued by Mine Safety Appliances Company (MSA). The full list of products involved is available on request from […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 13/01

Winch incident

A member has reported that one of its vessels was trenching, during which time the ship was told to hold present speed with the tow wire payed in at the […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 13/01

Fatality involving offshore drilling pipe rack flingers

We have been passed the following safety alert issued by the US Minerals Management Service. Recently, while two roustabouts were positioning a stand of pipe into a pipe rack finger […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 13/01

Exploding light and smoke marker

A member has reported that two Ikaros man-overboard light and smoke markers, manufactured by Hansson Pyrotech, were returned from one of its ships to its shore-based workshops. The units had […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 13/01

Improper slinging of cargo

We have been passed the following, regarding an incident which resulted in cargo loss. While making a lift from a boat to the platform, the operator picked up a cargo […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 13/01

Grit hose parting: Near-miss incident

A member reports that while a diver was working on a grit-blasting operation, the grit hose parted from the coupling connection on deck. No one was injured and nothing was […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 13/01


Fatality during maintenance of elevator lift

The following fatality, which occurred during a routine maintenance task on an elevator lift installed on a rig, has been reported to IMCA. The task being undertaken was to change […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 13/01

Electrical fire in engine room

A member has reported the following incident which occurred onboard one of its vessels. Due to a sudden power fluctuation, evidenced by flickering lights, the chief engineer went to the […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 13/01

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