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USCG begins investigation on Auger fatalities

The US Coast Guard announced it has initiated a formal investigation on the fatal incident that occurred onboard Shell’s offshore production platform ‘Auger’, on 30 June 2019. A Shell employee and a contractor with oilfield services provider Danos Inc, were killed during a routine test of a lifeboat launch.

Quality and proper maintenance vital for safety equipment onboard

In an exclusive interview with SAFETY4SEA at Nor-Shipping, Oslo, Mr. Baba Devani, Managing Director of Marine Operations at SURVITEC, discussed the need for owners and operators to emphasize on quality of safety equipment to ensure true compliance and safety performance. Safety, Mr. Devani argued, is way more than just obtaining a certificate.

Lessons learned: Man overboard fatality when transferring from boat to boat

In its latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB analyzed a man overboard fatality, involving the transfer of an individual from a moored RHIB to a small inflatable dinghy. MAIB stressed that the two people onboard routinely wore lifejackets when they took the RHIB to sea, but did not wear them when rowing to the mooring to bail the boat.

UK launches grant for new life-saving fund

Lifeboat charities across the UK can now bid for government cash for life-saving equipment. Namely, Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani visited Oxfordshire Lowland Search and Rescue Service (OxSAR) on 4 July 2019, under the Maritime Safety Week, in order to launch this year’s £1 million rescue boat grant fund.

UK: 11 died due to not wearing a lifejacket in 2018

A total of 11 people drowned in 2018 in UK because they did not wear a lifejacket or a buoyancy aid. This is one of the main findings of this year’s Casualty Review Panel, who met earlier this year to discuss last year’s maritime fatalities. 

Two killed during lifeboat test on Shell’s Auger platform

A Shell employee and a contractor with oilfield services provider Danos Inc, were killed during a routine test of a lifeboat launch and retrieval capabilities at Auger Tension Leg Platform in the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico on Sunday morning.

How to get authorization for service providers for lifeboats, launching appliances and on-load release gear

Panama informs of the requirements to apply for permanent authorization for Service Providers for Lifeboats, Launching Appliances and on-load Release Gear. It also provides the list of authorized services providers. Service providers conducting the thorough examination, operational testing, repair and overhaul of lifeboats, launching appliances and on-load release gear must be authorized accordance to MSC.1/Circ.1277.

USCG: Slight increase in ship detentions in 2018

Following release of its Domestic Vessel Annual Report, the US Coast Guard now issued its annual PSC report for 2018, informing of a slight increase in the number of detentions, with a detention rate of 1.16%, compared to last year’s 0.99%.

USCG: Lifejackets should be tried on in a controlled water environment

During the last boating season, the US Coast Guard received an increased number of reports of incidents from recreational boaters where infant lifejackets did not perform as expected in the water. Investigations revealed no findings of non-conformance or manufacturing defects. 

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