The RMI identified that during a planned safety drill the release hook support post of a rescue boat failed as the ship’s rescue boat was being lowered to the water with two crew members onboard, resulting in the crew members falling into the water from a height of 9 metres. The RMI investigation reveals that corrosion had resulted in significant deterioration to the lower end of the support post for the boat’s release hook. The lower side of the release hook support post was below the deck and only visible following removal of a portable fuel tank.
Photo of the rescue boar release hook support structure taken after the incident, showing significant deterioration of the post.
( Source: The RMI Marine Advisory Notice)
The Rescue Boat involved in this incident is “Jiangyin Wolong model JY40KR”.
The RMI recommends that Owners, Operators and Master of the RMI vessels fitted with “Jiangyin Wolong model JY40KR” rescue boats thoroughly inspect the release hook and entire support post system, including mounting hardware, for any signs of deterioration.
Further to the RMI recommendations, the Club would advise all of our Members to bring this the RMI’s Marine Safety Advisory No. 03-23 to the attention of their masters and ships staff and to ensure that the weekly and monthly inspections of life-saving appliances are carried out as required by the SOLAS convention, and that this should include thorough inspections of the lifting arrangements for all onboard lifeboats and rescue boats, with specific emphasis on hidden or hard to access components.
The Club would also recommend to its members the use of Fall Preventer Devices in their routine weekly drills to minimise the risk of failure and personal injury.
John (Capt.) Taylor
Head of Loss Prevention
Marine Safety Advisory No. 03-23
MSC1 CIRC 1327