Container Ship Destroys Indonesian Terminal Crane

July 16, 2019
Container Ship Destroys Indonesian Terminal Crane

Container ship Soul of Luck (1602 TEU) caused considerable damage while attempting to moor at the container terminal at Semarang Port in North Java on Sunday. The incident was caught on film.

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Accommodation Ladder Failures Are Rare, but Pose a Real Risk

July 8, 2019
Accommodation Ladder Failures Are Rare, but Pose a Real Risk

Accommodation ladder failures, although rare, are certainly not unheard of and numerous lives have been lost as a result. Risks involved in rigging and securing accommodation ladders should be duly accounted for.

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Know What to Do When a Someone Falls Overboard

July 5, 2019
Know What to Do When a Someone Falls Overboard

One of the principal tasks for a man overboard (MOB) incident is getting the ship turned around and back to the incident area in

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Risks for Falling Overboard Can Be Hidden in Plain Sight

July 1, 2019
Risks for Falling Overboard Can Be Hidden in Plain Sight

Recurring operations, even the most mundane, can still pose a serious risk. In the latest Mars reports, an example is given of an accident, in which the risks of a "normal" loading operation were not identified resulting in the death of a crew member.

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Taking Vessel Draughts – A Dangerous Task?

June 26, 2019
Taking Vessel Draughts – A Dangerous Task?

Rope ladders are often used to take the outboard draughts on large vessels, and pose a serious risk. Past incidents highlight the importance of following work procedures and using a personal flotation device (PFD). Yet, using a small boat instead of a ladder may prove the safer option.

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Two Deck Crew Suffer Injury after Incomplete Re-assembly

June 25, 2019
Two Deck Crew Suffer Injury after Incomplete Re-assembly

A toolbox meeting should cover all aspects of a job, even something as simple as tightening bolts. Two deck crew recently learned this the hard way as they were injured after being struck by an emergency towing arrangement’s motor coming off its mounting.

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Boskalis to Salvage Damaged Tankers in Gulf of Oman

June 17, 2019
Boskalis to Salvage Damaged Tankers in Gulf of Oman

Royal Boskalis Westminster has been appointed as the salvor for both tankers that were hit last week in the Gulf of Oman in a suspected attack. Shortly after, the incidents the insurers of both vessels appointed Boskalis subsidiary SMIT Salvage to salvage the vessels and their cargo.

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Shipping Losses at Century Low, Number of Incidents Stays High

June 6, 2019
Shipping Losses at Century Low, Number of Incidents Stays High

Large shipping losses are now at their lowest level this century having declined by over fifty per cent year on year to 46 in 2018. Still, the number of reported shipping incidents overall (2698 in 2018) shows little decline – less than one per cent year-on-year. Although machinery damage causes the most incidents, fire damage is on the rise.

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Neglecting LOTO Procedures Results in Crew Member Injury

June 4, 2019
Neglecting LOTO Procedures Results in Crew Member Injury

If body parts are to be close to machinery that can potentially move during any maintenance or repair task, lock out-tag out (LOTO) procedures should be employed. Failing to do so, recently caused a crew member to get his fingers crushed during a greasing job.

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Always Monitor a Ship's Position, Even at Anchor

May 29, 2019
Always Monitor a Ship's Position, Even at Anchor

At anchor, just as when underway, it is important to maintain close monitoring of the ship's position and of the vessels in the vicinity. A shifting tidal stream or changing weather can easily result in a collision.

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