Lessons Learnt: Crew Injured In Heavy Weather
A fully loaded bulk carrier was proceeding at full sea speed on a south westerly course in the Mediterranean Sea in conditions of heavy weather. The bosun and a cadet were instructed to wash down the vessel’s main deck and hatch covers to remove grain cargo dust remaining from the previous loading operations. At this time, the wind was blowing from a south easterly direction at about 30 knots, equivalent to force 7 on the Beaufort wind scale. While the seamen were working on the port side, a large wave was shipped on deck, sweeping them heavily against the adjacent cargo hold hatch coamings. Both seamen sustained multiple injuries requiring the vessel to deviate from the planned route to land them ashore for urgent medical treatment.
You may also be interested in:
Operating in conditions of heavy weather
With reports of operators directing ships through the Straits of Magellan and round The Cape of Good Hope in order to save on canal dues and take advantage of the suppressed fuel prices, a reminder to Masters of the considerations that should be taken into account when operating in areas of adverse weather conditions.
Press Release: UK P&I Club launches Lessons Learnt video on correctly checking an engine room leak
UK P&I Club, a leading provider of P&I insurance and other services to the international shipping community, has launched its latest video in a series of award-winning reflective learning training videos, on a burn injury to the first engineer while inspecting a leak in the engine room.
Sophia Bullard, Crew Health Programme Director at UK P&I Club, discusses the importance of dental hygiene and advises on how it can be maintained.