Thursday 27th September 2018
Cabin fires can and do happen, mostly due to electrical faults. In this IMCA Safety Flash, a number of recent cabin fires – and their root causes – are examined, as well as proper procedures for handling and mitigating this risk.
For a start, the report gives details of a cabin fire resulting from electronic failure. Crew are reminded not to overload extension cables and to unplug devices when leaving cabins. Secondly, the problem of auto-igniting laundry fires is addressed: personnel are reminded to wash laundry at the correct temperature and never fold and stow hot laundry.
Finally, a few cases involving unplanned pressure releases are detailed, and workers are reminded to follow correct procedure in handling pressured objects and regularly review protection systems.
On Monday 15th October, NWA Secretary Mark Ranson attended the first meeting of the Clean Maritime Council. The council, formed of 15 selected industry experts including the NWA, will make the plan for a zero emissions UK maritime sector.
On Wednesday 7th November we hold our NWA Safety Forum at Hoylake Sailing School in Wirral.
The International Marine Contractors Association has recently issued an updated Common Marine Inspection Document and Marine Inspection of Small Workboat inspection question sets.