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Lessons learned: Not securing hatch leads to water ingress

In the latest edition of its Safety Flashes, IMCA describes a case of vessel taking on a significant amount of rainwater on the upper tween deck during an intense tropical storm. The investigation found that the hatch was closed but not properly secured. 

Lessons learned: Failure of life raft securing strap

In the latest edition of its Safety Flashes, IMCA analyzes an unplanned deployment of a life raft from the starboard forward life raft station into the sea. Investigation revealed that the hold back strap, used to retain the life raft in place, was degraded to the point of failure. 

3 missing after tanker collides with fishing vessel

Three sailors are reported to be missing after a collision took place between the Russian-flagged tanker Glard 2 and the Turkish-flagged fishing vessel Dursun Ali Coskun during the early morning hours of Friday, January 10. It is said that the collision occurred at the north side of the Istanbul Strait at around 0600 hours local time, causing the fishing boat to capsize and sink. Three sailors from the six on board have been rescued while the search and rescue operations for the remaining crew members are underway.

Indian Navy saves 13 crewmembers stranded off Somalia

On 6 January 2020, the Indian Navy authorities officially announced that its Navy patrol vessel “INS Sumedha” found and save the life of a wooden dhow vessel’s personnel. Specifically, onboard the traditional vessel “Al-Hamid”, were 13 Indian crewmembers. 

Proper understanding of anchor equipment limitations crucial

The Swedish Club shares lessons learned from a loss of anchor incident, which took place in heavy weather. The anchor and chain were lost and the vessel was not allowed to continue its journey until the anchor and chain had been replaced.

1 dead, 1 rescued, 2 missing after fishing boat sinks in Pamlico Sound

The USCG rescued on January 7, Tuesday, two fishermen from the water when their vessel sank in Pamlico Sound, North Carolina, both suffering from hypothermia, with one of the rescuees losing their life despite the efforts at resuscitation. The USCG is still looking for two more fishermen from the vessel. 

NMA: 28 people lost their life using recreational boats

According to the Norwegian Maritime Authority, its latest report showed an unusual number of casualty accidents in the region. Specifically, in summer of 2019, serious accidents have been reported while 28 people lost their life using recreational boats, marking an increase of four people in comparison with 2018.

Artemis fatality Investigation report: Clear drug, alcohol policy defines acceptable limits, saves lives

In its latest investigation report UK MAIB focuses on a fatal incident concerning a skipper onboard a UK-registered fishing vessel ‘Artemis’ who fell head-first through an access hatch between the vessel’s wheelhouse and its mess deck 2.1m below, resulting to severe head injuries and died. The report notes that a significant factor of the accident was that the skipper was under the influence of alcohol.

Fire injures three on Pemex platform, Gulf of Mexico

According to reports, a fire broke out on the Pemex-operated offshore platform, located in the Southern Gulf of Mexico on January 7, Tuesday; The fire injured three workers who were transferred to a Mexican state to receive medical care.


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