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A lesson learned from an incident where the safety pins of the fixed CO2 system flexible hoses had not been removed and were still in place.

The incident

A member vessel had recently undergone a Firefighting equipment survey, all equipment was fully inspected, and any faults or discrepancies were rectified. The Fixed CO2 system flexible hoses were renewed as the system had reached it`s 10 years of service life.

To allow the survey to be conducted in a safe manner the safety pins had been put in place, while the outside contractors carried out their inspection. When finished these should have been removed, to make the system ready for activation.

On re-joining the vessel at the scheduled crew change almost 4 weeks after the survey, the C/E/O after a routine inspection, found that the safety pins inserted during the survey had not been removed and were still in place making the system inoperable. This unnoticed action had a high potential to develop into a serious incident if the CO2 system had been required for extinguishing an engine room fire.

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Multiple crane components in poor condition on idle facilities throughout the Gulf of Mexico.

The incident

After extended periods of inactivity, with little or no operator inspection and maintenance, lifting equipment deteriorates due to harsh offshore environmental conditions. BSEE inspectors have observed corrosion on numerous crane cables, which support main blocks, auxiliary balls, overhaul/headache hook balls, and anti-two block equipment.

Without proper oversight, the weakened cables have parted, resulting in cables and associated crane components dropping from elevation. In addition, diminished integrity of wire rope and synthetic slings exposed to weather elements have also been identified as dropped object hazards.

These slings are sometimes used to support heavy water hoses and diesel fuel hoses. If the slings fail, there is a potential for severe consequences. The dropped objects can potentially pose a safety risk to personnel boarding the facility or individuals nearby the facility, such as offshore support vessel crewmembers or commercial/recreational fishermen. The dropped objects can also become marine debris, posing environmental risks.

Along with dropped object hazards, potential pollution threats associated with inactive cranes on idle facilities have been identified by BSEE inspectors. Defective fittings, hoses, and leaking diesel/hydraulic reservoirs have been observed across multiple idle platforms.

As most inactive cranes on idle structures have been taken permanently out of service (OOS), they no longer require an annual inspection by a qualified inspector. Consequently, in most cases preventative or corrective maintenance has been disregarded.

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The UK launched a 5-year strategy to enhance maritime technology, innovation and security and reduce environmental damage.

Unveiling the 5-year strategy, the Secretary of State for Transport has set out the guiding principles for the UK government’s approach to managing threats and risks at home and around the world, including leveraging the UK’s seabed mapping community and tackling illegal fishing and polluting activities at sea.

The new strategy redefines maritime security as upholding laws, regulations and norms to deliver a free, fair and open maritime domain. With this new approach, the government rightly recognises any illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and environmental damage to our seas as a maritime security concern.

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The Port Authority of La Palmas in the Canary Islands is responding to a small dredger that ran aground on the coast of La Isleta, on August 16.

Mimar Cinco” was working along the coast when it grounded with a crew of five aboard. Calling for assistance, Salvamento Marítimo deployed a rescue boat that removed the crew from the vessel.

However, salvage operations have been complicated by high tides and strong waves which damaged the hull of the vessel.

What is more, a rescue tug was also sent to refloat the dredger, but was unsuccessful sparking worries for a potential oil spill near the La Isleta coast.

Now, Salvamento Marítimo orders its rescue vessel to return to the site of the accident and as a precaution the Government of the Canary Islands activated its oil spill prevention protocol in case of possible pollution.