Re: [MerchantNavy] Lifeboat rules (MSC1206) to be debated
- Thanks for quoting this article on MSC 1206.This week I had just a lecture given by one Schat Harding representative and obviously insisting on making the MSC 1206 compulsory.For a safety point of view, it is quite obvious but it can also put the owners at the mercy of some unscupulous lifeboat manufacturers regarding the work that must be carried out on the life boats. Some external control about the relevancy of the repairs will be needed.Anyway during this lecture we were told that more than 70 different on-load release systems are in use, quite a scary situation taking into account the number of accidents with this intricate device.One participant to the debate that followed even suggested to replace all lifeboats with liferafts, not really reasonable things to do on tankers where they can be caught in fire.Another arguments agains the sole use of life rafts on cargo ships, is that the painter system is rather weak (breaking strength 250kg at the HRU) and in bad weather it will break easily due to the load caused by high waves and/or wind. Then the life raft will quickly drift away.What is most often missing are testimonies of seafarers who had effectively to use these lifeboats and liferafts during an emergency.It was pointed out that they cannot be launched with a severe list (greater than 25 degree), the lifeboats will be stuck in their davits or the freefall will not glide, and the liferafts cannot be carried to the other side with such a list ( http://users.skynet.be/p.woinin/sareefer.htm ).Furthermore for the quickly sinking bulkcarriers, even the freefall will be too slow to evacuate in time.After the collision of the MINERAL DAMPIER and the HANJIN MADRAS, bodies of some crewmembers of the former vessel were found wearing their life jackets, but they could not use the lifesaving appliances and died in the relatively cold water.Therefore I suggested that for these ships a strong raft should be installed on the monkey bridge which would float free in case of sudden sinking.There was such a life saving device on many ships after WW2, but it was quite rudimentary and nowadays it would have a strong light powered by the GMDSS batteries which should be installed in this raft. It could include other important devices, such as the VDR and some shelter for the whole crew. Most important, it should be made of material heavy enough to avoid its drifting away during a storm, the strong light indicating its location after the sinking of the ship.Best regards,
Capt.P.Woinin"If you are not are not skilled/motivated/passionate about something, you are in trouble."
Tom Peters "Liberation Management"Disclaimer:
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