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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

TESTING OF LIFEBOATS

We note the concern that has been expressed by a majority of members regarding the current legislation for the testing of lifeboats. We are also acutely aware of the accidents that occur to seafarers when participating in routine launching and recovery of these boats.  Accordingly, this was discussed at the last ISTEC meeting, where the Committee expressed concern regarding the testing procedures for the free fall life boats which require that people sit in the boat during the drill.

Gravity launched lifeboats also need a better and more user-friendly design. One of the most risky operations is the re-fitting of the lifting blocks back to the boat’s lifting hooks. Many injuries have been reported due to the falls jamming, problems with the brakes and limit switches, water in junction boxes with stray current as a result of releasing the break and lowering the life boat unintentionally etc.

Therefore, INTERTANKO would like to receive any actual reports of accidents or near misses that you may have experienced onboard your vessels. We do not need the names of the vessel or those involved and the reports can be anonymous. All we would like to do is collate the factual information on these accidents or near misses in order to highlight the problem areas. The issue will then be taken up with IMO.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Please direct all your lifeboat accident reports to howard.snaith@intertanko.com