IMCA Logbook: Aid to Offshore Crane Ops

Monday, July 25, 2011

Offshore crane operations can encompass lifts as heavy as 13,000 Tonnes; as challenging as stabbing a flare boom at a great height or lifting containers in a heavy sea; and as vital as lowering a 50m long Z shaped spool piece to the seabed or lifting a personnel basket. Whatever the task, safety and knowledge of a crane’s operational history is of paramount importance, which is why the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published the ‘Crane Logbook for Offshore Vessels’.
“This logbook is intended to assist vessel operators and Masters in keeping a useful record of the operational history of cranes on vessels, especially where automatic data recording is not available or is not sufficient, but importantly, also for noting details of incidents and other information that may affect the crane,” explains IMCA’s Chief Executive, Hugh Williams. “Correct entries and information will help to ensure continued safe crane operations. This logbook, its companion volume aimed at crane operators, and our guidance and safety promotion material on lifting all contribute to safety consciousness.”
The logbook comprises four distinct sections – explanatory notes; crane identity; crane operations record; and event record. The crane identify section of the logbook provides a format for identifying the crane; companies may wish to include further references, such as any identifying numbers required by regulators.
The crane operations record contains numbered pages for logging crane operational hours as well as helpful notes and a completed example. Depending on the company requirements, the form allows for entries to be made by the crane operator and authorised by a relevant authority, such as the vessel Master or Chief Officer, or Chief Engineer, and can be endorsed with the vessel’s stamp and signatory’s name in block capitals.
The final section, the event record, is to record details of any incident, near miss or mechanical defects, or any other notes relevant to the safe and efficient operation of the crane.
“Use of the logbook enables a very comprehensive record of each and every crane to be kept on board a vessel, and is thus an invaluable aid to increased safety,” explains Hugh Williams. “I urge all owners, operators, Masters or other senior personnel on board a vessel to ensure that each of their cranes has its own log book.”
Copies of the logbook are available from IMCA at £11.00 per copy for Members and £13.50 for non-Members; they can be ordered online at www.imca-int.com and from publications@imca-int.com or from the association at 52 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0AU, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7824 5520; Fax: +44 (0)20 7824 5521.

Maritime Reporter November 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Maritime Safety

S.O.S. Written on Hawaii Beach Prompts Rescue

A swimmer in distress was rescued by a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter after being swept out to sea near Hanakapiai Beach, Kauai, Friday.   A MH-65 Dolphin

Video: Crewman Medevaced from Oil Tanker

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) medevaced a Filipino crewmember from a tanker 23 miles south of Southwest Pass, Sunday.   Watchstanders with Coast Guard Sector New

Ship Recycling Experts Gather in Tokyo

Top ship recycling experts from around the globe gathered in Tokyo on December 10 at the ClassNK Ship Recycling Seminar to discuss the latest updates to the EU

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Navigation Pipelines Salvage Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1028 sec (10 req/sec)