Shoking drill effect on lifeboat

A need for improving safety training in the operation of on-load release hooks

“SHOCKING” deficiencies in lifeboat training and continuing confusion over the multitude of different lifeboat release hooks being used on board ships are putting seafarers lives at risk. Preliminary results from a port state control inspection campaign have revealed that one in five ships inspected had lifeboat drill-related deficiencies, many of them serious enough to warrant the ship being detained.

Preliminary results from a port state control inspection campaign have revealed that one in five ships inspected had lifeboat drill-related deficiencies, many of them serious enough to warrant the ship being detained.

In a three-month concentrated inspection campaign conducted by port state control authorities within the Paris Memorandum of Understanding regime, 2,136 deficiencies related to lifeboat drills were uncovered. One in every eight drills was found to be unsatisfactory by the inspectors and one in every eight ships checked did not have the correct procedures or instructions to safely launch its lifeboats.

According to Paris MoU general secretary Richard Schiferli, the results were shocking but unsurpr ising, due to acknowledged problems associated with lifeboat drills and insufficient training for crew…

Read full text Lloyd’s list article on Paris MoU CIC outcome ‘report finds ‘shocking drill effect on lifeboats’ (8 January 2010)

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