Carr: Lifeboat Training

By CW4 Michael Carr - We huddled behind the ship’s superstructure, momentarily escaping wind, rain and snow flurries. Soon, though, we would need to leave this protection, and move to the ship’s windward side where we would start lowering and raising lifeboats. Water temperature was in the 40s F and the air was close to freezing.  “OK, today is the day, your final … [Read more...]

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...]