Transas survival craft simulator eliminates drill risks

Transas has introduced a new Survival Craft Simulator (SCS) to prepare crew for the multitude of possible scenarios that can occur during lifeboat drills, aiming to address one of the most notorious sources of accidents in shipping without exposing personnel to physical danger. Effective survival craft training is essential to prepare crew for a disaster at sea but practical … [Read more...]

USCG Tests Using Diesel Outboards On Fast Rescue Boats

Gasoline is the dominant fuel source for Fast Rescue Boats aboard merchant ships but it is difficult to obtain, dangerous to store and has a limited shelf life aboard ship. Diesel fuel has none of those problems. Can it be a suitable replacement?  The United States Coast Guard has been researching this topic. Here is their report: by Loretta … [Read more...]

Norsafe ‘Concerned’ by Spate Lifeboat Drill Accidents

Norway-based Norsafe, a leading manufacturer of marine life-saving equipment for the commercial and offshore market, says it is concerned about the recent spate of lifeboat drill accidents that have resulted in serious injury to crew members and even death in some cases. A report released in April 2016 by the Seafarers International Research Centre found that tight vessel … [Read more...]

WATCH: Manned Free Fall Lifeboat World Record Drop – 40 Meters Up!

  Norwegian free fall lifeboat manufacturer Norsafe has set a new world record for the highest staffed free fall lifeboat drop. The new record was set June 25 when the 70 passenger GES50 MKIII lifeboat was dropped from a stomach-churning height of 40 meters (131 feet) with 10 persons on board. According to Norsafe there has never before been a staffed lifeboat … [Read more...]

Sailor Killed, Two Others Injured in Apparent Lifeboat Accident Off Germany

One sailor was killed and two others were seriously injured Friday in an apparent lifeboat accident while off the coast of Germany near the Elbe River. The German Society for Sea Rescue Service reports that its Bremen unit responded Friday morning to a report one man overboard and two seriously injured on board a lifeboat from the Hong Kong-flagged oil and chemical tanker … [Read more...]