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Lifeboat Reports - Other accidents

The following accident reports show common causes of accidents related to lifeboat equipment. These accidents are not attributable to non-OEM maintenance and would not have been prevented by MSC 1206.


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Australia accident report - City of Burnie
Incorrect use of system override of limits.


Step Change reports:

Step Change main page

Winch brake failure.


Air bottle explosion.

Winch corrosion, failure to rotate.

Incorrect use of system - limits override.

NUI system - failure to operate.


Freelists - report of accident.

DNV - detailed report on corroded link plates

North of England P&I - inadequate manuals report.

North of England P&I - On load release gear system - too complex and lack of training.

Canada accident report - Pac Monarch
Nishi - F. poor design and manufacturing faults.


London P&I Club report (page 4)
Equipment in a satisfactory condition, thereby implying that accident was due to operator error. Second report identifying corrosion of link plates or keel shoe. Should be spotted by PSC or RO surveyors.


Australia accident report - Cape Kestrel
Incorrect use. Override limit switch. Falls part.


USCG court appeal after accident due to winch handle hitting seaman.

New Zealand accident report - Nicolai Maersk
Incorrect use.


MAIB - Accident report - Marine Explorer
Winch brake failure - non-specialist contractor incorrectly replaced brake components.


Hong Kong - Lowlands Grace
Corrosion to keel shoe/link plates.


USCG Safety alert - Lifeboat gripe fouling.


MAIB - Pride of Calais
Incorrect maintenance and use of incorrect lubricant to sprag clutch malfunction.