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.
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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.
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.
In its latest ‘Lessons learned’ article, the UK P&I Club analyzes an enclosed space fatality onboard a bulk carrier. The investigation found that the void space, where the fatality occurred, had not been opened for about 6 months and was not fitted with any natural ventilation.
The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime Administrator informed of another two recent enclosed space entry deaths onboard an RMI-registered bulk carrier. This comes in addition to four associated deaths of seafarers on two RMI-flagged ships in 2018.
InterManager conducted a survey focusing on the danger of enclosed spaces aboard vessels. InterManager published the results and the feedback of the survey to highlight the risks hiding in that sector of the shipping industry, while also alert the industry eradicate these risks.
The Hong Kong Marine Department (MARDEP) informed of a fatal fall of a bosun onto the cargo hold bottom while onboard a general cargo ship. MARDEP noted a lack of compliance with safety procedures and unfamiliarity with entry into enclosed spaces.
It has been almost 12 years since the enclosed space fatality incident onboard the ERRV vessel Viking Islay off UK that shocked shipping community as three men died successively trying to rescue one another. Enclosed space entry has been over the years the hidden enemy for crews.
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