IMCA has published Safety Flash 21-22.
BSEE – “Green hats” – training and supervision of short service employees
Since the beginning of 2022, the BSEE has seen a significant trend in reported incidents with causes or contributing factors that point to short service employees. The BSEE defines such an employee as one who has worked at a worksite or facility for less than six months, worked in an industry for less than six months, or who has recently changed positions, where some period of on-the-job training or mentorship is required.
American P&I Club: Vessel grounding – fatigue was a factor
The American P&I Club, as part of its “Good Catch” safety series, has published a bulletin relating to a towing vessel grounding in which fatigue was a factor. A towing vessel was on a coastal voyage pulling a large deck barge. The vessel had departed port earlier that morning after a very busy night loading and securing cargo on the barge. Cargo loading was not completed until 2:00 am and all of the cargo was confirmed to be properly secured by 6:30 am. The towing vessel got underway shortly thereafter.
MAIB: Capsize and sinking of fishing vessel Joanna C – vessel stability
Early in the morning, in darkness and windy conditions, the crew of a scallop dredger was recovering the dredges, full of catch, back on board. As the gear emerged out of the water, the skipper realised that the starboard dredge bar was snagged on a potting line. At the same time, the vessel started to heel to starboard and rapidly capsized. The mate, who was on deck, was thrown into the sea, but the skipper and deckhand were initially trapped inside the floating, upturned hull. After about 40 minutes, the skipper managed to escape as the boat sank, but the deckhand remained trapped inside.