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UK MAIB investigation: Skipper not wearing PFD dies after falling overboard

UK MAIB issued an investigation report on a man overboard incident from the single-handed creel boat May C with loss of one life off Scotland in July 2019. The investigation stresses that the chances of survival for the skipper would have been significantly increased, had he been wearing his PFD and carrying his PLB.

UK MAIB investigation: Loss of containers attributed to improper stowage plans

The UK MAIB issued an investigation report on the loss of containers from the ship Ever Smart in October 2017. The investigation highlighted a combination of factors resulted in a loss of integrity for the whole deck cargo bay; in particular, the containers were not stowed in accordance with the cargo securing manual and container lashings might not have been secured correctly.

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.

Lessons learned: Fire on Ro-Ro contained after crew’s quick action

In its latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB describes a case of fire on a vehicle on the car deck of a Ro-Ro vessel, resulting from an electrical short-circuit. The investigation highlighted that the crew’s quick and efficient reaction brought the situation under control and there were no injuries. 

Planning of ballast operations ensures safety and stability of vessel

In the 2020’s Safety Digest, the UK MAIB refers to a container vessel that listed heavily to starboard, when the chief engineer decided to pump more water into the starboard ballast tanks to level up tank volumes, commenting that ballast operations should be planned to avoid any accident.

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