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LIFEBOATS: Crewman hurt in fall off Holland

A man broke his leg when the craft plunged into the sea off the Hook of Holland during work on the boat davits on the 5,800-dwt Nordic Nadja (built 1996), which was at anchor, Dutch media said.
A Dutch coast guard vessel battled through three and a half metre waves to bring the man to hospital after the incident on 8 October.
The drifting boat was recovered.
Earlier this year, French container line CMA CGM banned its crew from manning lifeboats during drills that involve lowering and hoisting after a fatal accident on one of its modern boxships.

[REMARK: the accident the text refers to took place on board the CMA CGM Christophe Colomb on April 15, 2011 in the Chinese port of Yantian. A deck officer and a cadet died. You can read the report of this casualty here]

Source: http://www.tradewindsnews.com/casualties/645353/crewman-hurt-in-fall?service=printArticle


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SAFETY | Three hurt in lifeboat drill

UK RESCUERS plucked six tanker crew members from the sea by helicopter and three others were hurt when a drill went wrong off the Isle of Wight.

BP Shipping’s 113,782dwt British Cormorant was conducting a drill with its rescue boat yesterday morning when a cable snapped, throwing the six men into the sea and injuring three seafarers on the ship.

Coastguards winched the men from the water to the chopper and took them to Bembridge on the Isle of Wight. The helicopter subsequently evacuated two crewmen from the ship to a hospital; one of them had suspected spinal injuries.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency told Fairplay that all the crewmen were wearing lifejackets, high-visibility clothing and helmets.

An investigation is being carried out by the MCA.

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MARITIME | Crewman killed in (yet another) lifeboat fall

One crewman died and another was injured when a lifeboat fell into the sea during a drill in Turkey.

The accident happened on the 5,500-dwt Belorus (built 2005) at Aliaga on 5 September.

Turkey’s search and rescue centre in Ankara told TradeWinds a rope had snapped, sending the men overboard.

The dead man was named as Dmitry Zvrev, 31, while Pavel Davidov sustained an injured arm.

An investigation has begun.

The vessel is listed as being owned by Orion Shipping of St Petersburg and remains at Aliaga.

Source: Tradewinds

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SAFETY | Two dead after lifeboat fall in Brazil

Two crew members from the oil rig Ocean Ambassador were killed due to multiple injuries and two other were injured after the lifeboat they were on board fell into the sea of the Campos Basin yesterday (17) afternoon.

The accident was first reported by the Brazilian company OGX.

The Ocean Ambassador is owned by Diamond Offshore and operated by Brasdril, a Brazilian company.

According to OGX, the accident happened while the lifeboat was being hoisted back to the platform after a drill.


For those who may be not fully aware of what may have gone wrong (and how bad it can be), it is worth watching this:

Having said and shown this, it is hard for me to call this accident “unfortunate”.

As a simple google with the terms “lifeboat accident fall” can prove, this sort of disaster is too frequent — and the repercussions, often unacceptable.

This should be more than enough for any sensible safety management system to consider the risk ‘intolerable’ and prevent anyone from being on board.


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Safer lifeboats: a step ahead

"A lifeboat containing three workers was being lifted back to its stowed position aboard the oil rig, the Pride Rio de Janeiro, following a lifeboat drill when the boat's sternhook failed, dropping the lifeboat and the workers approximately 60 feet into the harbor.

Draft guidelines to ensure release mechanisms for lifeboats are replaced with those complying with new, stricter safety standards have been agreed by the 53rd session of the Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Equipment (DE) in order to reduce the number of accidents involving lifeboats, particularly those which have occurred during drills or inspection.

The draft Guidelines for evaluation and replacement of lifeboat on-load release mechanisms will be submitted to the Maritime Safety Committee in May (MSC 87) for approval, alongside the anticipated adoption of amendments to the International Life-Saving Appliances (LSA) Code and the Recommendation on testing of LSA, which require safer design of on-load release mechanisms, as well as a related draft amendment to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), chapter III Life-saving appliances, which will require lifeboat on-load release mechanisms not complying with the new LSA Code requirements to be replaced no later than the next scheduled dry-docking of the ship following entry into force of the SOLAS amendments.

The Sub-Committee recommended that Administrations and shipowners be strongly urged to use the guidelines to evaluate existing lifeboat on-load release mechanisms at the earliest available opportunity, in advance of the entry into force of the new SOLAS and LSA Code amendments.

With information from IMO and Safety at Sea International

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