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IMCA urges to facilitate offshore workers movement

Amid COVID-19 situation, the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) urges IMO to support its recommendation for Governments concerning the movement of offshore personnel during the pandemic. 

Lessons learned: Crew faints after work in water ballast tank

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.

Lessons learned: Not securing hatch leads to water ingress

In the latest edition of its Safety Flashes, IMCA describes a case of vessel taking on a significant amount of rainwater on the upper tween deck during an intense tropical storm. The investigation found that the hatch was closed but not properly secured. 

Lessons learned: Failure of life raft securing strap

In the latest edition of its Safety Flashes, IMCA analyzes an unplanned deployment of a life raft from the starboard forward life raft station into the sea. Investigation revealed that the hold back strap, used to retain the life raft in place, was degraded to the point of failure. 

IMCA: 134 incidents reported in 2019

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) issued its yearly report analyzing the accidents that were published during 2019, informing of 134 accidents in 30 safety flashes between 10/10/18 and 12/12/19.

Lessons learned: Rescue boat davit failure

The Marine Safety Forum published safety alert describing a rescue boat davit failure during the boat’s periodic launch and testing. There were no injuries as a result of the incident, which was attributed to the good practice of lowering the rescue boat unmanned. 

Lessons learned: Injury after fall from height

IMCA shared lessons learned from a serious injury onboard, after a service engineer fell off a radar antenna. The incident highlighted issues related to poor communication, weak safety culture and insufficient job preparation. 

Lessons learned: Mooring line slips off, causes collision

In its latest Safety Flashes, IMCA analyzed a mooring line incident which caused collision between a barge and a tugboat. Although, there was no damage as a result, IMCA stressed incorrect mooring technique and pulling angle as a key safety issue. 

Lessons learned: Crew boat listing due to water ingress

In its latest Safety Flashes, IMCA presented a case of water ingress which caused a crew boat to list, while in its first voyage after drydocking. IMCA noted there was no post-drydock maintenance inspection or dedicated testing to ensure that everything done in drydock was done properly.

IMCA in favour of hybrid battery systems on board DP vessels

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) announced that it is promoting ways of reducing carbon emissions in the marine environment as part of its strategic theme of environmental sustainability. As IMCA said, the contribution of battery technologies in cutting carbon emissions is now having a positive effect in the offshore marine construction market.


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