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Alcohol and drug consumption onboard: Taking prevention measures

Any level of alcohol consumption or illegal drugs by crew members onboard has implications for the safety of the vessel, the crew and any passengers. Even small quantities of alcohol have been shown to sufficiently impair seafarer’s fitness for duty and increase the risk of accidents.

Crew overboard fatality linked to alcohol

The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a merchant shipping information note to share lessons learned of a man overboard fatality involving a Hong Kong-registered bulk carrier. The deceased was under the influence of alcohol when he went overboard. 

Lessons learned: Alcohol contributes to fatal fall onboard

The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a merchant shipping information note to urge for caution and share lessons learned from a recent fatal fall of a bosun from stairway onboard a Hong Kong-registered bulk carrier. The autopsy showed the bosun was drunk when he fell. 

Fatal fall onboard pleasure yacht attributed to alcohol

Transport Malta MSIU issued an investigation report on a fatal fall onboard the pleasure yacht ‘La Polonia’, while moored at Porto Maurizio, Italy. On the morning of 4 July 2018, the chief stewardess was found lying on the floor of her cabin, unresponsive, with her legs on the stairs.

Lessons learned: Alcohol associated to man overboard fatality

As part of its investigation report on the man overboard fatality from the fishing vessel ‘Fram of Shieldaig’ off Scotland, UK MAIB issued a safety flyer for the fishing industry, sharing valuable lessons learned to prevent similar serious casualties in the future. 

Man overboard fatality linked to alcohol

The UK MAIB issued an investigation report on a man overboard fatality from the fishing vessel ‘Fram of Shieldaig’ off Scotland, in August 2018. Alcohol was likely a contributing factor in the man’s fall in the water. This was the fifth fatal person overboard accident investigated by the MAIB since October 2015.

Danube fatal collision: Captain of cruise vessel was sober

Hungarian authorities announced they had found no evidence of alcohol or drug abuse by the Captain of the cruise ship ‘Viking Sigyn’ that hit and sank a small tourist vessel last month, causing one of the most fatal maritime incidents on Danube River in the last century.

Harvest Caroline: A case study on improper safety management

Several maritime casualties have been attributed to ISM-associated issues. SAFETY4SEA chose to focus today on the grounding of the general cargo ship ‘Harvest Caroline’ which constitutes an interesting case study of how inconsistent implementation of ISM can lead to unpleasant situations. 

US Court sentences man to four years for Seaman’s Manslaughter

US Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that a 30-year-old man from Cushing, Maine was sentenced in US District Court by Judge D. Brock Hornby to four years in prison and three years of supervised release for Seaman’s Manslaughter for causing the death of two crewmen who were then 26 and 15 years old. The man pleaded guilty on September 25, 2018.

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