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CHIRP: Lessons learned from unsafe lifting operations

CHIRP published its Maritime Feedback 54, which is its first bulletin of 2019. The bulletin includes reports on lifting operations, proactive port authority, AIS and ECDIS offsets, heat and fatigue, and safety briefings. Regarding lifting operations a report describes an operation in which several areas presented a high potential for an accident to occur.

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.

Water in fuel pipe system caused blackout on ‘Regal Star’

The Estonian Safety Investigation Bureau (ESIB) issued an investigation report on the blackout and losing control of the Ro-Ro ship ‘Regal Star’, in Swedish waters, near the Remmargrund lighthouse, on 30 October 2018. The investigation identified seawater ingress in the diesel fuel pipe system as key cause of the accident. 

Case study: Inadequate valve opening

A bulk carrier was anchored prior delivery to a shipowner. Before delivery, the shipowner requested bunker supply to the ship, so a bunker barge got alongside on port side of vessel and started bunker supply at late afternoon hours.

Main Engine Damage due to bunkered fuel quality

A General cargo ship “M” was involved in cargo operations in an Indonesian port. Charterers had arranged the vessel to receive bunkers by a local bunker barge. The barge moored alongside of the vessel for supplying the agreed amount of 155M/T of fuel oil (180cst) into No.1 & 2 F.O. tanks respectively.

Investigation on West Phoenix rig fire finds breaches of regulations

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) completed its investigation on the fire in the mud laboratory on West Phoenix of 5 November 2018. The report identified several breaches of the regulations. This rig is operated by Seadrill Management (Seadrill), and was drilling well 6406/2-9 S in Norwegian Sea with Equinor as the operator, when the incident took place.


The sulphur cap is less than a year away and with most vessels choosing compliant fuel, do you expect to see a spike in incidents and accidents related to the switch over?

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