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USCG rescues 3 from sinking tugboat off Andros Island, Bahamas

On Thursday, January 9, the USCG rescued three crewmembers from the sinking 62-foot tugboat, Gulf Man, approximately 6 miles northeast of Andros Island, in the Bahamas. In fact, the tugboat was taking on water when a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew arrived on scene and hoisted all three crewmembers and then transported them to Nassau, Bahamas; no injuries were reported.

Failure of throw bag rescue line stresses need for safety standards

The UK MAIB issued an investigation report on the failure of a throw bag rescue line during a capsize drill on a rowing boat in Widnes, UK, in March 2018. The incident reiterated that, as throw bags are not considered safety or lifesaving equipment, there is no requirement to manufacture them to a specific safety or quality standard.

USCG rescues 4 from vessel taking on water

The Miami Beach Coast Guard rescued four seafarers on January 26, from a vessel taking on water about 1 mile east of Cutler Bay. The Coast Guard Station Miami Beach 45-foot Response Boat- Medium boat crew spotted the four marines and immediately went for help.

Three rescued from disabled vessel off Fort Pierce

The US Coast Guard rescued two adults and one child from a disabled 21-foot pleasure craft, on Saturday, September 15, 17 miles north of Fort Pierce. The station crew towed the disable pleasure craft to the Fort Pierce Inlet, transferred the boat to a Station Fort Pierce 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boatcrew, who took the vessel to the Stan Blum Boat Ramp.

Watch: Crewman paints over the side of ship without safety equipment

This video, published by CHIRP Maritime, presents an example of total lack of safety culture. Namely, the video depicts a crewmember hanging from an accommodation ladder on the outboard side of a coastal ferry, trying to paint the side of the ship. The crewmember was not wearing any safety equipment.

Fatal fall from ladder highlights the importance of safety equipment

In its latest Safety Scenario, the Swedish Club presents an accident where a stevedore lost his life after falling from a ladder. The stevedore was climbing up the ladder using only one hand as he had a tea cup in the other, which could not fit in his boiler suit pocket, and he was not wearing a safety harness as well.

Engie ordered to review safety equipment on offshore plants

Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority has given a notice of order to French Engie to take the necessary measures to ensure that safety equipment on its offshore plants is properly operated, tested and maintained, following the condensate leak on the Gjøa field in June.

Worker dies on the job in Jakarta terminal

The body of the man was found floating at the port of Jakarta, after he fell overboard from a vessel during stevedoring operations. This accident comes in addition to the deaths of two workers within two months and four within the past 15 months at the Hutchison’s terminal, unions say.

Safety eyewear may be insufficient protection against chemicals

When a duty engineer was investigating an engine room leakage, the delivery side plastic hose for one of the dosing pumps suddenly disconnected, causing chemical to spurt out from the hose and into his face and left eye. After undergoing many operations and treatments, the vision in the affected eye remained significantly impaired.

Proper use of safety harness vital when working at height

The New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission released its report regarding the fatal fall of a crewmember on the bulk carrier ‘New Legend Pearl’ back in November 2016, describing what happened and providing safety recommendations.

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