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Lessons from two incidents of potential dropped objects

MSF has published two safety alerts relating to potential dropped objects from cargo operations. In the first incident, the crew found a twist lock pocket cover missing from the aft main deck and in the second, the crew on a platform noticed an object on top of a container onboard the supply vessel. 

Offshore liftboat capsizes in South China Sea

Ezion Holdings informed that its offshore liftboat “Teras Lyza”, capsized in the South China Sea on Tuesday, June 5. Teras Lyza was being dead towed from Vung Tau, Vietnam to Taichung, Taiwan when a sudden list to the stern took place, causing the liftboat to capsize. The vessel was unmanned at the time of the incident.

Man medevaced from cruise ship in Tampa Bay

The US Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg Command Center watchstanders received a cell phone call at 4:39 p.m. from a crewmember aboard the ‘Majesty of the Sea’ reporting a passenger was suffering from chest pains and was in need of advanced medical attention.

Lessons learned from vehicle deck fatality

In its latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB describes a case of a fatal injury of a banksman who was acting as a banksman for the loading of an unaccompanied piece of freight that was being loaded by a tug-master. The crew member became trapped between the rear of the trailer and a vent housing. 

USCG rescues crewman overboard off Everglades

On Wednesday, the US Coast Guard rescued a 25-year-old seafarer from the water, 5 miles east of Port Everglades, after he went missing from the Liberian-flagged container ship ‘Vega Sagittarius’, which was moored in the port at the time. Rescued was Lorejei Moscoso, a Philippines national.

Lack of awareness leads worker to accidentally be lifted by crane

The Marine Safety Forum informed about a near miss when during routine operations using a platform crane to transfer a bulk hose between a platform and a platform supply vessel, a worker got caught in the rigging and was lifted off of the deck by the crane. The AB did not sustain any injuries from this incident.

Leaking fuel causes fire to Ro-Ro passenger vessel

The US National Transportation Safety Board announced on Tuesday, June 6 the probable cause of the fire onboard the Ro-Ro passenger vessel Caribbean Fantasy. Namely, on August 17, 2016, fire broke out onboard the auto and passenger vessel Caribbean Fantasy, because of leaking fuel that contacted a hot surface in the ship’s engine room.

Watch: The fire that two IMO-awarded pilots faced in Houston

A new video released online depicts the magnitude of the danger that two Houston Pilots encountered after their ship broke down and burst into flames, following collision with mooring dolphins. The two pilots, Captain McGee and Captain Phillips, were the receivers of the IMO’s Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea 2017, in July.


’Unmanned and autonomous vessels are quickly becoming a reality. Do you think that seafarers will be able to trust an autonomous system?

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