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OCIMF: Recommendations on personnel transfer by crane between vessels

OCIMF published an information paper on ‘Transfer of Personnel by Crane Between Vessels’, focusing on the use of an onboard crane for personnel transfer, that has risks. This paper addresses those risks and provides guidance that should be used in the risk assessment process to determine the method of transfer, comparing transfers using a crane to transfers using a pilot ladder and transfers using an accommodation ladder.

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.

TT Club: Dealing with container fires

According to TT Club, container fires may take place on a weekly basis, with statistics showing that there is a major container cargo fire at sea roughly every 60 days. So, tackling fires and subsequent investigations are complex activities. With increasing container ships size increases, the risk of a fire incident increases too.

USCG launches competition to enhance boaters safety

The US Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, along with the US Coast Guard Research and Development Center, launched the USCG Ready for Rescue Challenge. This is a $255,000 prize competition to come up with boater safety solutions that will help make it easier to find people in the water.

VIKING Life-Saving Equipment acquires Norsafe

Maritime safety equipment manufacturer VIKING Life-Saving Equipment announced it has acquired the Norwegian boatbuilder Norsafe. The two companies share virtually identical missions, both focusing on people’s safety and leading their respective markets through constant innovation.

M/V Phoenix sinking brings safety training into the spotlight

The sinking of the 29 meter tour boat M/V Phoenix off Phuket on July 5th which caused the loss of 47 tourist, including 13 children, brought the importance of crew safety training and the provision of adequate safety equipment onboard into the spotlight.

Emergency Procedures: Critical equipment failure

A ship equipment contains many items that could be defined as ‘critical’. Normally, criteria for choosing a critical equipment or operation lie as its potential to carry on to a hazardous situation. When trying to decide which equipment items are ‘critical’, consideration is given to human safety and pollution prevention.

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.

Shipowners Club: Key tips for fishing vessel safety

On the occasion of the Maritime Safety Week, the Shipowners Club issued its fishing vessel safety booklet, summarizing key safety tips for one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. There have been many studies carried out over the years showing that fatalities on fishing vessels remain a real threat. 

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.

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