life-saving equipment

AMSA urges crew to wear a lifejacket onboard

Following a fatality incident of a 48-year-old seafarer onboard a fishing trawler off the Sunshine Coast, AMSA is currently investigating the matter at hand by inspecting the vessel and conducting interviews with its crewmembers.

Lessons learned: Auto-inflating lifejackets save crew after vessel sinks

In its latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB analyzes a vessel flooding and sinking caused likely by the catastrophic failure of the engine cooling water system hose or a hull fitting. MAIB stressed that the crew were saved thanks to wearing their auto-inflating lifejackets that kept them afloat.

Tokyo MoU: Risks of lifting slings with plastic sheathing on freefall lifeboats

Tokyo MoU issued a Safety Bulletin to raise awareness of the potential risks associated with lifting slings encased in plastic sheathing on freefall lifeboats. Such arrangements have been found to restrict visual inspection of the wire ropes enclosed within and prevent routine maintenance and survey being effectively carried out.

Do you know how many types of lifeboats exist?

Chances are that you have never boarded a lifeboat to date, except you are a seafarer who has performed lifeboat drills or someone who has found himself in the very unwelcome experience of a sinking ship. Except from the fact that they save lives, what do we really know about lifeboats?

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. 

2020 Regulatory Agenda: What you should know

The year 2020 has been eagerly anticipated by the maritime industry for the switch to a low-sulphur fuel environment. However, from January 1st of 2020, there are other regulations that take effect as well apart from the IMO Sulphur cap.  

RMI: Complying with SOLAS amendments on life-saving appliances

RMI issued updated IMDG Code requirements, reflecting its decision to allow 200 bar oxygen cylinders to be replaced with those of an equivalent capacity. This is due to an increasing number of countries that limit the filling pressure of medical oxygen to below the 200 bar recommended in the MFAG.