Remember to put the plug in!

The latest MARINE ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION BRANCH (MAIB) Safety Digest is now available.

The second Digest of 2018, published on 1 October, covers lessons learnt from Marine Accident reports in 2018 and includes details on investigations started between 1 March and the 31st August 2018 and Safety Bulletins issued in the same period.

Reports in the current Digest which will be of particular interest to commercial users include those on communications between vessels at sea; ECDIS alarms turned off; high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) escape; anchoring precautions; the right order for fire-fighting actions; the dangers of evacuation trials and putting the “plug” in before launching a vessel…

The role of the MAIB is to contribute to safety at sea by determining the causes and circumstances of marine accidents and, working with others, to reduce the likelihood of such causes and circumstances recurring in the future. The MAIB Digests make valuable reading for everyone working at sea and are written in plain English with excellent conclusions.

Writing the foreword to the Merchant Vessels section of the reports SIR ALAN MASSEY, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, UK MARITIME & COASTGUARD AGENCY says “So in your reading of this excellent little Digest, and your thinking about what might have broken the chain leading to each of these fifteen incidents, I would ask you to keep three simple questions in mind: would different rules or procedural guidance have helped?; would you have acted any differently in the circumstances?; will your learning from what happened have any effect on your own future behaviours? Perhaps the most powerful contribution to safety that this Digest could make would be a resounding answer of ‘yes!’ to at least that last question.”

You won’t regret reading the Digest. Find it here

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