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Bunkering operations result to oil spill

IMCA issued a safety flash that focused on a pollution accident that occurred during bunkering operations. Specifically, the incident took place as the vessel took bunkers supplied by five tanker trucks, one after the other. Because of difficulties during the bunkering operations, the hose was loosened resulting to the oil spill. As a result, the local Coast Guard was informed and arrived at the area of the incident.

Vessel’s main propellers caught in fishing net

IMCA published a safety flash according to which a vessel had both of its main propellers caught in fishing nets. The incident took place a nautical mile off shore, after a three-day waiting on weather. If hazards are observed and considered by the Officer of the Watch (OoW) to pose a significant risk to the vessel, consider suspending operations.

Uneven surfaces in machinery spaces lead to injuries

IMCA published a safety flash concerning the accidents that take place in vessel machinery spaces. In the specific safety flash, two crew members were slightly injured. The injury was caused due to uneven surfaces that caused one crew member twisting their foot, and the other one having a medical treatment to the shoulder.

Chief engineer injured after provisions lift falls on his head

IMCA published a safety flash informing on an injury onboard a vessel. Specifically, the injury has to do with the chief engineer of the vessel that was asked to repair a provisions lift that was stuck. Therefore, the lift dropped on his head, resulting to a serious head injury.

Lessons learned: Winch wire snagged and released suddenly

IMCA informed of a near-miss incident during drilling operations on a land-based drilling rig, when the thimble within the hard eye of the winch wire momentarily caught (snagged) on the edge of the drill rig chassis. It then released in an uncontrolled manner very close to the driller.  

Inadequate safety analysis leads to fall into water

IMCA informs of an injury of a worker, who fell into the water from a ladder. Namely, the worker was replacing a control valve on the platform crane, when he realised that he would need to descend the ladder to retrieve tools for the job. Trying to do so, he lost his grip and fell 24m into the water. He suffered fractures of cervical and lumbar vertebrae.

Proper maintenance routine key to safe operations

A small fire took place on the well deck area of a diving support vessel, as IMCA informs. This happened during diving operations while the vessel was in DP3 mode. The fire was extinguished by the Bosun, using two foam extinguishers. The fire started due to sparks which fell from the starboard funnel into the well deck area and ignited a 1 tonne gabion sack containing cardboard.

Familiarity with equipment crucial to avoid accidents

IMCA informs of a near miss incident regarding a potential fire, including the overheating of oil in a frying pan. The fire was noticed as one of the engine room crew members came into the galley and noticed smoke coming from the oil which was in the pan. The galley crew were not aware of the function of the temperature sensor elements inside the deep-fryer, nor of the potential consequences if those sensor elements were in the wrong place.

Ineffective enforcement of safety standards leads to injury

As IMCA informs an engineer was injured as he was walking in the engine room searching for a tool and he stepped on a loose floor plate. The floor plate was not bolted down and slipped sideways. The engineer suffered a large laceration to his abdomen, which made him go to the local hospital. Standards, policies and administrative controls were not used effectively and enforcement was not adequate.

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