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Adopting a formal alcohol policy in ports is vital

In its latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB’s accident report is about the fatal incident of a deckhand; The crew of a fishing vessel was looking for the deckhand during their operations and found his body under the adjacent fishing vessel. The investigation revealed that the deckhand, the night before, attempted to urinate while drunk, which caused him to fall in the sea. 

Lessons Learned: Do not load cargoes excluded from the IMSBC Code

In the latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB focuses on an explosion accident, according to which the master of a cargo vessel received unambiguous loading instructions that led to two explosions in the forecastle store. A crewmember that was in the room with the explosions suffered severe burns, whereas the investigation showed that the cargo was not in the IMSBC Code.

Lessons learned: Towing wire failure in bad weather

In its latest Safety Digest for 2019, UK MAIB describes a case of a barge grounding due to failure of towing wire. With respect to this incident, UK MAIB advised that companies should therefore include a time frame for replacement of the towing wire eye hard socket within their operating procedures. 

Cadet gets two fingers amputated during lifeboat drill

In April Safety Digest, UK MAIB focuses on a multi-national crew which was conducting drilling operations, when a deck cadet’s fingers became caught under the fall wire, which resulted in two of his fingers being traumatically amputated. The cadet was immediately provided with first-aid onboard, and was then transmitted ashore to the local hospital for emergency treatment.

Lessons learned: Fire sensors may be inaccurate depending on vessel’s age

In its Safety Digest, UK MAIB focuses on an incident concerning a fire that erupted onboard a vessel while it was sailing through the North Sea. In the beginning the crew was unable to find where the fire took place, as the sensor ‘A010’ was mistaken; Later on, the master detected the fire, which didn’t result to any fatal incidents.

Insufficient stability leads to sinking with two fatalities

The UK MAIB issued an investigation report on the capsize and sinking of the prawn trawler ‘Nancy Glen’ off  Scotland in January 2018, which resulted in two fatalities. With respect to this incident, MAIB highlighted the necessity of fishing vessels to have sufficient stability to meet their operating profile. 

Lessons learned from fishing vessel fatal capsizing

In light of the recently-published investigation into the fatal capsizing of the fishing vessel ‘Laura Jane’ off Plymouth in May 2018, the UK MAIB issued a safety flyer with valuable safety lessons learned for the fishing industry, stressing risks associated with vessel overloading and poor stability assessment. 

Lessons learned: Pitch movement does not indicate a thruster is turning

In its latest safety digest, the UK MAIB describes a case of an offshore supply vessel collision with two smaller vessels, which sank as a result. MAIB stressed the master had checked the thrusters were working by observing pitch movement, but investigation indicated that the thrusters’ electric motors were probably not started.

Lack of stability assessment leads to fatal capsizing

UK MAIB issued an investigation report on the capsizing of the fishing vessel ‘Laura Jane’ resulting in one fatality. The report identified issues related to the weight of fishing gear being carried, the vessel’s very low freeboard, as well as the fact that the owner had not undertaken a stability assessment. 


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