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Posted: Feb 19, 2020

Safety Alert - Exploding battery during testing of the emergency generator

During a sire inspection the Vetting inspector requested to test the emergency generator. When the generator was started by the crew, one of the two starting batteries exploded.
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Posted: Feb 12, 2020

FIRE-FIGHTING OUTFITS – FIRE PROXIMITY SUITS

Port State Control (PSC) deficiencies are being issued by Paris Memorandum of Understanding
member states over fire-fighting outfits with the following indications:
• Not suitable for fire entry;
• Not a fire entry suit; or
• Outfit with buttons and or latches penetrating the suit and conducting heat to the wearer.
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Posted: Feb 12, 2020

Carriage of Bauxite which may Liquefy - Update

With effect from 1st January 2020, amendment 05-19 may be applied by Governments on a voluntary basis but with effect from 1st January 2021 it will enter into mandatory force. It is important to recognise that in the period 1st January 2020 – 31st December 2020 the 2018 edition of the IMSBC (including amendment 04-17) is the mandatory instrument in jurisdictions where the 2020 edition has not been voluntarily adopted. Members should also note the contents of circular CCC.1/Circ.2/Rev.1 dated 20 September 2017 in respect of the carriage of bauxite under the provisions of the 2018 edition of the IMSBC code.
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Posted: Feb 12, 2020

CHECK YOUR LIFEBOAT CABLES

This Safety Alert addresses the importance of checking for and replacing damaged control cables that operate between the release handle and hook in a lifeboat hook release system. The Coast Guard is currently investigating a casualty involving the unintended on-load release of a lifeboat hook from a davit fall wire. Prior to the incident, damage was noted to a control cable between the release handle
and one of the hooks. However, the damaged cable remained in service. The damage may have subsequently worsened over time and contributed to the unintentional release.
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Posted: Feb 3, 2020

Alarming Trends Found on Fixed Gas Detection Systems

One critical safety measure on liquefied gas carriers is the fixed gas detection system. If gas vapors are detected in a monitored space, an alarm will activate and alert the crew of the dangerous condition.
The International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk (IGC Code) requires the activation of alarms at specified vapor concentrations. However, during exams on three separate Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carriers in Boston, Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) discovered issues with the fixed flammable gas detection system that resulted in the issuance of deficiencies and delay of cargo operations. While
witnessing tests, multiple sensors measured outside the tolerances established by the manufacturer and subsequent calibration checks failed. In each case, crew members were not following established
procedures as specified in their Safety Management System (SMS).
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