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Improper maintenance causes failure to UPS

A fire alarm was sounded after smoke was discovered coming from a UPS (uninterruptable power supply) room supplying power to remote valves. As IMCA informed, the planned maintenance procedures for UPS had not been followed, which is a key fact to the incident.

Hand flares accidentally activated due to neglected safety procedures

During a ship dry dock smoke was noted. After investigation, it was noted that the smoke was coming from a forepeak store. The smoke came after yard personnel accidentally activated hand flares, IMCA informed. The appropriate procedures were not followed, something that contributed greatly to the incident.

Lack of proper procedures lead to severe engine failure

IMCA informed about a severe engine failure during a major vessel overhaul. Namely, the connection rod on a cylinder parted from the connecting rod cap and created a hole in the engine block. The engine had been operating for 17 hours, carrying approximately a 20% load.

Poor air circulation causes fire to deep freezer on board vessel

In the latest report by IMCA, fire was detected on board a ship. The vessel was carrying two deep freezers, which were about to go to a platform, when fire broke out in one of them. The deep freezers should have been placed in such a way in order to allow adequate air circulation during transit.

Towboat sinks as pilot fails to identify navigation hazard

NTSB released its report on the ground of the towing vessel Eric Haney, on the Mississippi River, on July 8, 2017. When the vessel ran aground all crewmembers climbed aboard one of the empty barges without any reported injuries. The barges broke free, and the Eric Haney partially sank. Minimal oil sheening was noted after the sinking.

Electrical fault caused the fire on ‘Best Revenge 5’

NTSB issued a report on the fire incident onboard the uninspected sailing vessel ‘Best Revenge 5’, while docked at a marina pier in Falmouth Inner Harbor in Falmouth, Massachusetts, in July 2017. The investigation indicated an electrical fault in an accommodation space on the vessel as the key cause.

Icing leads to fatal fishing vessel sinking in Bering Sea

NTSB released a report on the sinking of the vessel ‘Destination’, which caused the death of six crewmembers. The 110-foot vessel sank while it was sailing in the Bering Strait, with NTSB determining that the most probable cause of the sinking was the accumulation of ice on the vessel and its fishing gear after experiencing forecasted heavy freezing spray conditions.

Fire fighting equipment fails, injures crewmember

According to an IMCA report, a crewmember was medevaced after being hit by release of pressurized water from a hose expansion joint. The crewman was knocked unconscious and CPR had to be administered. This incident could have been a potential fatality, as the injured person was in hospital for some weeks.

BSEE provides recommendations to prevent personnel transfer accidents

As BSEE informed, in January 2018, during a swing rope transfer in the Gulf of Mexico, a contract operator fell into the water. He was quickly recovered, but he had already injured his elbow, which needed to undergo surgery. Under this, BSSE provided recommendations to prevent similar cases in the future.

Check of loose equipment vital to prevent accidents from dropped objects

During the second day of a ship’s trip, the Captain of the vessel was looking at the main hoist block of the forward crane, which was secured at the same height and behind the bridge. The ship was sailing with the cranes secured on deck, when he saw a 30cm long piece of 10×10 timber on the side of the hook.

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