Ocean Ranger: Commemorating North America’s offshore disaster

February 15th marks 37 years from the loss of the semi-submersible mobile offshore drilling unit ‘Ocean Ranger’ off Canada. The platform sank along with its entire 84 crew, claiming the title of one of the worst offshore drilling accidents in North American history. The incident forms another example of how lack of compliance with procedures and inadequate safety culture can have tragic consequences.

Overboard fatality attributed to PFD deflation

Ireland’s MCIB issued an investigation report on a crew member overboard fatality from the fishing vessel ‘Cu Na Mara’, about 130 nm West of Slea Head, in June 2016. Although the man was wearing a Personal Floatation Device (PFD), the deflation of his PFD was a major impediment to his survival.

Four injured after USCG boats collide during training

A total of four crew members were injured after two US Coast Guard boats collided Wednesday, off Falmouth, during a tactical training evolution. The 29-foot tactical boat crews were involved in maneuvers and training when they collided in Buzzards Bay at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Lessons learned from vehicle deck fatality

In its latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB describes a case of a fatal injury of a banksman who was acting as a banksman for the loading of an unaccompanied piece of freight that was being loaded by a tug-master. The crew member became trapped between the rear of the trailer and a vent housing. 

Lack of safety compliance causes fatal man overboard

Ireland’s Marine Casualty Investigation Board issued an investigation report on a crewman’s fatal fall overboard from a fishing vessel, east of Kilmichael Point, back in November 2016. The report identified issues related to lack of safety culture and training, as well as to non compliance with safety regulations.

Fatality on elevator onboard highlights work hazards in enclosed spaces

In April 2017, an electrician onboard the Maltese registered bulk carrier ‘Abyo Audrey’ suffered fatal injuries while working inside the elevator shaft. MSIU issued a report on the accident, revealing that the entry into the elevator shaft without being assisted and in communication with other crew member, was a contributing factor. 

Poor maintenance and voyage planning caused Arca 1 grounding

In its investigation report released today, Canada’s Transportation Safety Board found that inadequate vessel maintenance and voyage planning guided by an under-qualified crew led to the January 2017 grounding of the tanker ‘Arca 1’ near Sydney, Nova Scotia. The vessel sustained major damage to hull and propulsion.

Inefficient firefighting system and crew training lead to sinking

In January 2016, the passenger vessel PeeJay V caught fire and sank, because the main firefighting system was ineffective and staff did not fully understand how it should work. New Zealand’s TAIC issued a report on the incident, noting that, for a CO2 firefighting system to be useful, the space must be airtight and everyone involved should be fully trained.

Lessons Learned: Serious leg injury while un-mooring

UK Club’s Capt. David Nichol described a serious leg injury of an AB during un-mooring operations. The AB stood astride a slackened spring rope which suddenly came under tension, striking his leg with considerable force. After being landed ashore, he was hospitalised with a broken thigh bone, requiring almost one year of rehabilitation.

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