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USCG Issues Safety Alert

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


Marine Safety Alert – propulsion boiler casings

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


CG Issues Safety Alert for Faulty Liferaft

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 – confined space entry

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


SAFETY ALERT – Inflatable lifejackets

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

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)


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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


Alliance for Preventing Shipyard Hazards

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.  


Safety Alert: Inadequate Snaphook on Lifejackets

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The information in this safety alert was distributed a few years ago by Coast Guard Sector New Orleans with limited geographic reach. Recently, Washington State Ferry personnel discovered numerous problematic snaphooks on one of their vessels and reported it to Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound. This USCG issued a new alert aiming to give the issue wider circulation and provides contact information for persons to take corrective action and obtain new snaphooks.


Attention on Deck!

U.S. Coast Guard Safety Alert for Commercial Fishing Vessels.   According to U. S. Bureau of Labor statistics, in 2012 commercial fishing was the second most dangerous occupation in the country, with over 117 fatalities per 100,000 workers.i This alert serves to remind commercial fishing vessel owners, operators, and crew members of the dangers associated with working around moving deck machinery, rigging, and equipment.


Konecranes Introduce SE Asia Remote Services

TRUECONNECT users: Photo courtesy of Konecranes

Leading crane service organisation Konecranes says it is introducing to the South-East Asia – Pacific region its most advanced family of remote service technologies, its TRUCONNECT Remote Services for enhanced safety, reliability and efficiency.


New Data Safety Service for Inmarsat FleetBroadband

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  Supported by European Space Agency (ESA) funding, Inmarsat’s forthcoming Maritime Safety Data Service (MSDS) for FleetBroadband, delivers an increased data capability over the Inmarsat-4 network, including the Alphasat satellite


Missing Yorkshire Yachtsman Found in North Sea

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  A yachtsman from Yorkshire, reported missing has been found on his yacht in the North Sea, following an extensive search coordinated by Humber Coastguard. His 17ft yacht, Equinox, was approximately 80 miles east of Spurn Point (at the mouth of the Humber) and rescuers found him


Wall St. Ferry Crash Spurs NTSB Safety Recommendations

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The National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) investigation into the allision of passenger vessel Seastreak Wall Street with Pier 11, Lower Manhattan, New York early last year has led the board to issue a safety alert regarding stairway hazards during docking and undocking.


MacGregor Launches Steering Alert System

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has launched Soteria, a new alert system designed to complement its Hatlapa and Porsgrunn range of steering gear. Named after the Greek goddess of safety, the system has been designed to offer a series of benefits for both ship owners and shipyards.


Joint Safety Alert: DPS Failure on Vessels

USCG, BSEE issue joint safety alert regarding Dynamic Positioning System Failures   Discussion: This Joint Safety Alert addresses a dynamic positioning (DP) incident on a vessel resulting in a loss of position while conducting a critical Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) activity


Winch Malfunction Leaves Parasailors aloft for Three Hours

Two passengers were successfully launched from a parasail vessel for a ride aloft. As they were being winched in the winds picked up, and the parasail towline winch became inoperable and 800 feet of towline payed out stranding the passengers aloft


Reminder Stresses Importance of Accurate Clearance Information

The Captain of the Port, New York-New Jersey, has issued a reminder about the importance of providing accurate clearance information, and warns that civil penalties may be pursued against any vessel owner, master or person in charge that provides inaccurate information that contributes to a bridge


Air Draft Alert: Bayonne Bridge Struck Twice this Year

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The Bayonne Bridge is undergoing a two-year construction project to raise the roadway an average of 65 feet. The Captain of the Port, New York-New Jersey says that it has been struck twice in the past 4 months. The Captain of the Port, New York-New Jersey


New E2S System Signals Lifeboat Launch

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U.K. signalling manufacturer E2S Warning Signals has designed and developed a bespoke siren system to alert people nearby when an RNLI lifeboat is launching.   The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is the charity that saves lives at sea


Tanker Rescues 3 US Sailors 50m off Panama

The U.S. Coast Guard said it coordinated the rescue of three sailors aboard a sinking sailboat approximately 50 miles south of Balboa, Panama, at approximately 5:23 p.m., Sunday. The sailors, whose vessel was reportedly taking on water for several days


Compatibility of CO2 Extinguisher Components

Figure 1: The obsolete diffuser on the right is cast differently than diffusers used today.  Note the longer neck and placement of diffuser holes.  The newer diffuser on the left is compatible with standard discharge hoses and has a shorter neck to allow it to properly seat when the hose is connected.  See Figure 3 for how to determine if you have a CO2 extinguisher fitted with an obsolete diffuser that may be incompatible with standard industry discharge hoses.

A recent marine casualty investigation of a shipboard fire onboard a U.S. flagged vessel in the Hampton Roads Captain of the Port (COTP) zone raised serious concerns with regards to carbon dioxide (CO2) fire extinguisher servicing.  During shipboard fire-fighting operations a crewmember


Safety Alert: Gulf of Oman Pirate Attack

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The U.S. Navy Liaison Office (MARLO) in Bahrain has issued an alert following an attack by two skiffs on a merchant vessel in the Gulf of Oman, advises GAC. The attack is reported to have taken place on or about 280902Z FEB 2014 at the position 22:28N - 060:51.5E, GULF OF OMAN.


USCG Warns of Tank Sampling Dangers

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This Safety Alert serves as a reminder to Coast Guard (CG) personnel and the maritime community of potential dangers during sampling of cargo tanks. During a recent Port State Control (PSC) tank vessel examination, a CG member was exposed to a dangerous concentration of Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas


Alert! Issue No. 34: Improved Conditions and Safer Ships

The need for seafarers to have decent living conditions is enshrined in the new Maritime Labor Convention (MLC), but the latest issue of the International Maritime Human Element Bulletin Alert! explains why habitability is important for reasons of efficiency and safety.






 
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