In 2019, two seafarers died and two were seriously injured in an enclosed space entry incident on an RMI-registered bulk carrier. With this respect, the RMI reiterated once again the need to maintain vigilance with regards to enclosed space entry and rescue training.
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A Deck Cadet lost his life in an enclosed space onboard the RMI-registered bulk carrier LA DONNA I, in August 2018. The Republic of the Marshall Islands issued its investigation report on the accident, identifying lack of familiarity with procedures as contributing factor to the fatality.
A crew member lost his life after entering an enclosed space onboard the oil/chemical tanker LINUS P in an attempt to rescue another crew who had lost consciousness, in November 2018. The Republic of the Marshall Islands issued an investigation report on an enclosed space fatality onboard follow enclosed space entry procedures
Confined-space entry accidents have been the centre of attention for several years, leading to injuries and fatalities. Now, the industry is taking a closer look at the issue by launching a first-of-its-kind project. The challenging issue is mostly seen in emerging countries where personnel is employed by private enterprises or where applying health and safety policies in practice are challenging.
In its latest Safety Flashes, IMCA presents an incident of a crew member fainting after working in an enclosed space. The crew member reported he had smelled a strong odour after dislodging a large caked piece of sediment from the bell mouth.
If we had to choose one – or maybe two – words to describe 2019 for the shipping industry, these would be: human-focused. Despite the fact that 2020 sulphur cap was on everyone’s mind this year, we saw many significant developments in key human areas. From mental health issues, to women in shipping and safety culture, the industry seems to be putting its people first, trying to boost equality and – most importantly – safety.
Transport Malta’s MSIU issued an investigation report on a fatality and another serious injury of two crew members onboard the Maltese registered bulk carrier MV Balgarka, while involved in repairs in dry-docking at the Bulyard Shipyard, Bulgaria, in October 2018.
Confined space work remains one of the most frequent, yet dangerous work-related activities undertaken. Thus, Lloyd’s Register James Pomeroy, the expert on Health and Safety asks if we have tunnel vision regarding confined spaces.
As the shipping industry is striving to improve safety, major representatives from the sector agreed to the industry’s Golden Safety Rules, along with other ideas as well regarding how these measures can be applied. This is part of the ‘Together in Safety’ initiative, which aims to achieve a zero-incident industry, and the agreement took place during the Global Maritime Forum 2019 in Singapore.
On the occasion of Global Maritime Forum 2019 underway in Singapore, maritime leaders reiterated their common ambition to make the maritime industry safer, agreeing the industry Golden Safety Rules and ideas on how they could be implemented and used, as part of the ‘Together in Safety’ initiative.
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