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Rescue boat falls parted on board of a container carrier resulted in serious injury to ship's crew

Rescue boat falls, parted on board of a container carrier resulted in serious injury to ship’s crew


A lifeboat drill as opposed to a muster drill, actually involve people boarding the lifeboats, lowering them into the water, maneuvered the lifeboat in the water, recovering them back onto the davits and returning them to their stowed positions in accordance with SOLAS regulation III/19.3.3. Same procedure would observe on rescue boat drill.

On 30th of march 2013 a rescue boat of one of the insured container vessels fell down from 5 m height with assigned persons on board while recovering from the water following an abandon ship drill, caused an axial bone damage to one of engineers whose leg bone was also broken.

Investigation shows that the accident occurred when damaged, shiny and sharp surface of sheaves in top davit pulley was reason for wire to be parted during recovery of rescue boat.


Route cause:

Lack of maintenance (applying grease) to top block of davit and alternate moving of boat falls, are the main reasons to damage the pulley’s sheave surface, which caused the wire to part.

In recent years the maritime industry has suffered an unacceptably high number of accidents with lifeboats in which crew were injured, sometimes fatally, whilst participating in lifeboat drills and/or inspections. Most of the accidents fell under the following categories:

  • Failure of release mechanism;
  • Inadvertent operation of release mechanism;
  • Inadequate maintenance of boats, davits and launching equipment;
  • Communication failures;
  • Lack of familiarity with boats, davits, equipment and associated controls;
  • Unsafe practices during boat drills and inspections:
  • Design faults of manufacturer in release mechanisms.
  • Effectively training of crew in emergency situations.

To avoid such injury, the IMO has produced guidance relating to the safe servicing, maintenance and drilling of boats as amendments to the Guidelines (MSC.1/Circ.1206) concerning inspection and maintenance of boats, launching appliances and on-load release gear of lifeboat as below:

  • Specific procedures for maintenance and servicing.
  • Guidelines for periodic servicing and maintenance of boats, launching appliances and on-load release gear of lifeboat.
  • Guidance on safety during abandon ship drills using lifeboats.
  • Guidelines for simulated launching of Free-Fall Lifeboats.

One principal change in MSC/circ.1206 is that while the weekly and monthly lifeboat inspections are still to be carried out by the crew, should now be undertaken by the manufacturer’s representative or other person appropriately trained and certified for the work, rather than the ship’s crew.

In addition the crew had not been effectively trained in the maintenance and use of the vessel’s emergency lifesaving equipment. 
    News Group   :   LossPrevetion Date    :   2015/12/17 ساعت    :   09:00:48
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