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.
The MCA have finally published and uploaded the on-line version of the Revised Workboat Code on the Gov.UK website. It can be found in the Small Craft Codes section under Statutory Guidance and is titled; "The Workboat Code, Edition 2".
Keen observers of the MCA website will have noted recent revisions to and the re-issuing of their guidance on 3 important legal areas of risk assessment.
This month we spoke to Damian Crowley, Managing Director of MARITAS (Maritime Training and Assessment Services) LTD, Chair of the National Workboat Association’s Training Group and a Fellow of the Nautical Institute.