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Lessons learned: Uncontrolled movement of gangway

In the latest edition of its Safety Flashes, IMCA presents a near miss incident where a vessel gangway moved in an unplanned way and could have been lost overboard. The incident highlighted how a routine task can turn into a near miss. 

USCG: Use of wrong materials contributed to deadly boat fire

After investigating a deadly fire aboard a casino vessel, the US Coast Guard’s Inspections and Compliance Directorate issued Marine Safety Alert 08-19 to ensure owners and operators understand federal fuel system requirements, as well as that inspection personnel maintains an acute awareness to these issues.

Panama-flagged cargo vessel runs aground off Cebu

According to the Philippine Coast Guard, a Panama-flagged cargo vessel ran aground near Philippine Lauis Ledge Lighthouse, off Talisay coast, Cebu, on August 3. The incident took place when the vessel was entering the Traffic Separation Scheme, South Cebu-Mactan.

NTSB confirms poor oversight over USS John S McCain collision

Insufficient training, inadequate bridge operating procedures and a lack of operational oversight were the key causes of the fatal collision between the USS John S McCain and the tanker Alnic MC in August 2017, the official report by the US National Transportation Safety Board revealed. 

USCG updates Marine Casualty Reporting Forms

USCG updated its reporting forms for providing a written report of a marine casualty. Owners, operators, managers, and masters for US flag vessels, and for foreign vessels which make port calls should ensure that they have available the latest forms from the USCG.

Watch: USCG medevacs child from cruise ship off Virginia

On July 7, a USCG MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew evacuated a seven-year-old girl, as she was suffering from abdominal pain, from the cruise ship Celebrity Summit. The helicopter hoisted the girl, which was then transported at the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters in Norfolk.

Rotating winch drum traps AB’s feet

IMCA focused on an injury where an AB suffered a fractured foot and severe abrasions when he conducted a task to re-pool a wire onto an aft deck tugger winch. IMCA notes that the boots he was wearing prevented a much more serious injury.

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