149 - 07/00 - Store Cranes - Testing, Inspection & Maintenance

During a recent visit to a Member’s vessel the following unfortunate incident was witnessed.

While lifting a cargo net load of ship’s spares, estimated at under 300 kg, the 1 ton SWL stores crane was ripped from its base plate.  The crane fell from boat deck level to the aft quarterdeck and became jammed in the debris of the ship’s crushed side rails.  The crane was left precariously positioned over the ship’s side with the jib pointing down but with the cargo net still attached and submerged into the sea.  Fortunately, no personnel were injured during the incident. The cargo net was eventually recovered but with the loss of some very valuable generator spares and other items.

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