Tag: safety

IMCA SAFETY FLASH : FATAL FALL FROM HEIGHT ON-BOARD SEATRUCK PACE IN LIVERPOOL IN DECEMBER 2018

How many times do we see crew members take considerable risk on board?  It might be the longshoreman walking along the hatch coaming, the AB walking onto a stores platform to put up handrails or in this case, to conduct a maintenance task.  Whatever the particulars, the more we do these things or condone them, the easier it becomes for this deviance from safe behavior.

What happened?

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has published accident Investigation Report 9/19 into a fatal fall from height.  A crewman from the Cypriot registered ro-ro freight vessel Seatruck Pace died as a result of 4.5 metres fall through a vehicle ramp hatch.

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Quicker and easier than falling asleep…

Harry Potter asks his godfather’s spirit, “Does it hurt?” after he’d passed away.  The answer Sirius Black gave was, “Dying?  Not at all. Quicker and easier than falling asleep.”

That answer may be familiar to enclosed space victims. 

The air we breathe consists of several major components.  Oxygen, critical for human life makes up about 20.9% of that air.  That majority of air is made up of nitrogen – close to 78%! The remaining 1% largely consists of argon (~0.93%) and carbon dioxide (~0.04%).  It doesn’t seem that much could go wrong with this atmosphere, but taking away critical components or adding toxic substances can kill us in an instant.

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ECDIS : What happens when the GPS signal goes away?

The U.S. Maritime Administration issued U.S. Maritime Alert 2018-004 A “Possible GPS Interference – Eastern Mediterranean Sea” on the 23rd of March.  This is in response to reports of GPS disruptions and interference from multiple vessels and aircraft between Cyprus and Port Said, Egypt.  These reports come on the heels of multiple warnings by the same agency in 2017 of GPS disruptions in the Black Sea, primarily off the coast of Novorossiysk, Russia.  These same warnings reaffirmed that GPS disruptions are a global concern and provided guidance for reporting to the U.S. Coast Guard.

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