The US Coast Guard Office of Investigations and Analysis issued a Safety Alert advising that certain emergency escape hoods manufactured by Brookdale International Systems, Inc. are being voluntarily recalled by that company. Even though such devices are not Coast Guard approved, they are carried on some vessels. Companies that have such devices on their ships should contact the manufacturer at http://www.evacsafety.com to determine whether your particular item is subject to the recall. source: HK Law
The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert reporting that the second engineer on a foreign vessel died after he became accidentally trapped in the main propulsion engine’s scavenging air receiver. While the ship was in port, he had apparently entered the space to check on recent repairs and became trapped when the door closed and one of the dogs dropped into place. He failed to tell anyone of his plans and failed to have anyone standing by to provide assistance
The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Alert advising owners and operators of steam-propelled ships to have their engineering staffs assess the structural integrity of their boiler casings; paying particular attention to support structure interfaces in the steam drum, front-to-side casing attachments, and upper-to-lower casing transitions. It is also recommended that a thorough review of previous casing repairs be conducted to identify signs of diminished structural integrity
The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert stating that servicing of some inflatable liferafts by AMPAK facilities in Baton Rouge (Louisiana) and Panama City (Florida) may not have been proper. Work has been found in some instances to be improper and tests in some instances were not actually performed. The AMPAK facilities were not authorized by the U.S. Coast Guard to service liferafts. The AMPAK facilities have apparently ceased operations
SAFETY ALERT – Inflatable lifejackets equipped with Hammar Hydrostatic Inflator manufactured before 2006. This Safety Alert was recently distributed to shipping authorities and advertised in the trade press, boating magazines and digital media worldwide. The Hammar Hydrostatic Inflator is attached to the lifejacket with a sealing ring. In 2006, CM Hammar upgraded the sealing ring with new state of the art raw materials, to eliminate potential defects and increase long term durability
USCG – AIS Alert The US Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert advising users of new Automatic Identification System (AIS) Class B devices to not assume that they are being ‘seen’ by all other AIS users or that their information is available to all AIS users. Users of out-dated AIS software are advised to update their systems as soon as practicable. (Source: Holland & Knight)
Pressure Switch Location for Fixed Fire Suppression Systems Where's yours located? This safety alert addresses the location of fire suppression system pressure switches aboard vessels. These critical components sense the activation of the system and then electrically secures the ventilation systems operating in the protected space. Securing the ventilation is essential in extinguishing a fire onboard a vessel
On September 14, 2010 the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), entered into a new industry-wide National Alliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP), and the American Shipbuilding Association (ASA). The unified Alliance will run for a two-year charter, and is just the second new Alliance signed since the Obama Administration re-worked partnership criteria.
The USCG MSO Providence has publicized the findings of its life raft examination, which revealed several deficiencies in the life rafts. The USCG inspectors examined 19 life rafts from fishing vessels and pleasure boats serviced by Jim Givens Survival Company and Givens Ocean Survival Systems Co. of Newport and Portsmouth, R.I. All 19 of the life rafts were deficient. The results revealed 16 rafts had missing equipment
Safety alert: Working over water – Lloyd’s Register’s Golden Rules and Instructions for health and safety. Applicabilty: Owners, operators, shipyard managers and site controllers. The Lloyd’s Register Group has published a set of Health and Safety Golden Rules which our employees must follow to keep themselves, and those people around them, safe. Some of these Rules, together with our Instructions, are related to working over water
Representative Eric Feige from the Alaska State Legislature presents a letter of commendation to the 'Alert's crew for their rescue tow of drill barge 'Kulluk'. The captain and crew were recognized for their courage, teamwork and professionalism during the emergency rescue tow of the drill
Effective 01 August, 2013, the U. S. Coast Guard will terminate its radioguard of the international voice distress, safety and calling frequency 2182 kHz and the international digital selective calling (DSC) distress and safety frequency 2187.5.
BC Ferries cut time loss injuries in half; it reduced serious injuries by two-thirds; it slashed annual insurance claims costs by more than three-quarters.
Dryad Maritime Intelligence announced that it has been short-listed in the management/operations category for their Fleet Security Management service in this years’ IHS Safety at Sea Awards. The awards recognize innovation and excellence while paying tribute to outstanding contributions made
Surge protective devices (SPDs), more commonly known as surge protectors or power strips, help protect expensive electronic devices from being damaged from excessive currents and allow us to simultaneously deliver power to multiple devices. This safety alert addresses the use of certain electrical
Surge protective devices (SPDs), more commonly known as surge protectors or power strips, help protect electronic devices from being damaged from excessive currents and allow the delivery of power to multiple devices simultaneously. This safety alert addresses the use of certain electrical
Beware of counterfeit U.S. Coast Guard-approved portable fire extinguishers. The U.S. Coast Guard announced that it was made aware of counterfeit extinguishers said to be manufactured by Amerex Corporation and Buckeye Fish Equipment. “Both companies are major producers of genuine
Several passengers in the bow pulpit of a 106-ft whale-watching vessel were injured when a large wave was struck & threw them backwards. Injuries ranged from cuts and bruises to a broken patella (knee) and jaw. Although there were many other passengers on board at the time
Malta’s Maritime Safety Investigation Unit issue a safety alert following lifeboat accident that took the lives of five 'Thomson Majesty' crew. The safety alert reads: "On 10 February 2013, the Maltese registered passenger vessel Thomson Majesty was berthed port side alongside in
None of Pacific Drillings ultra-deepwater drillships are affected by a recent BSEE safety alert. Concerning the recent U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) safety alert regarding GE connectors and bolts, the company reports that none of Pacific
Amver participating cargo ship CAP Domingo save 3 sailors & 1 dog from sinking 34-ft catamaran west of Jamaica. The crew of the catamaran activated their Emergency Position Indicating Locator Beacon (EPIRB) after their boat struck a submerged object and began taking on water.
The ‘A’ rated, 170 million GT North P&I club has launched a new loss prevention initiative to help get ships’ masters and officers talking to each other about health and safety issues at sea. Announced in the club’s loss prevention newsletter
Problem With Mustang Inflatable PFD's. The Coast Guard has become aware of certain Mustang Survival Inflatable PFDs with Hammar MA1 hydrostatic (HIT) inflation systems which may not inflate and require a new re-arm kit to properly inflate by manual or automatic activation
SELEX Elsag Marine, a Finmeccanica company, has received an order from Boston Putford Offshore Safety to equip 24 vessels with Bridge Navigation Watch Alarm Systems (BNWAS). BNWAS meet the requirements for ships to possess a monitoring system that provides a back-up to the role of Officer of
In keeping with Mustang Survival’s commitment to the highest levels of quality and safety, we are notifying the public of an urgent advisory for specific Hydrostatic inflatable PFDs manufactured during April and May of 2012. A portion of these PFDs may be subject to delayed or