Friday, August 5, 2011

This Is Only A Test – Freefall Lifeboat Design and Testing

Aboard ship one always hopes they never need to take a sleigh ride into an unfriendly sea but ship happens. When it does you’re going to be very pleased the...

August 5, 2011
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Thursday, May 26, 2011
Maritime News

IMO Maritime Safety meeting completes full agenda

The IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has just completed its 89th session held at the organization’s London headquarters.  The session consisted of a packed agenda, however MSC reports that they...

May 26, 2011
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Monday, May 9, 2011
Maritime News

Piracy, lifeboats among topics for IMO’s annual Maritime Safety Meeting

The following is the agenda for the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee’s (MSC) 89th session to be held from May 11 to May 20 at the Organization’s London Headquarters. Via IMO...

May 9, 2011
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Maritime News

Schat-Harding calls for consensus on lifeboat hooks

Leading lifeboat manufacturer and service provider Schat-Harding says IMO and some parts of the shipping industry need to move more quickly to a consensus on vital lifeboat safety issues which...

January 26, 2011
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Sunday, January 9, 2011
Volendam Lifeboat Incident
Lifesaving Incidents

Lifeboat Fatality Aboard Holland American Cruise Ship Volendam

A lifeboat remains dangling off the side of a cruise ship, moored at Christchurch’s Port Lyttelton, after a cable broke sending two crew members into the water. Divers searched the...

January 9, 2011
Total Views: 20

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Lifeboat Safety Survey

[vimeo][/vimeo] Quick, Bob Couttie from Maritime Accident Casebook needs our help! MAC is carrying out a series of surveys among various industry stakeholders with regard to lifeboat safety. It is...

December 18, 2010
Total Views: 11

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Competition calls for innovative life jacket designs

Here at, we are big proponents of safety in the workplace and often times for us professional mariners, that means reporting on technologies that are going to keep us...

November 9, 2010
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Marine Flares – More Than Meets the Eye

Imagine, if you can, the confluence of events that would have to take place to leave you with marine flares being your primary method of signaling distress.  The number of devices that...

August 10, 2010
Total Views: 248

Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Lifesaving Incidents

Brazil Awaits Triple 5 Lifeboat Hook Check

Brazil’s Maritime Casualty Investigation Department of the Brazilian Navy’s Directorate of Ports and Coasts is awaiting a report on a Triple 5 lifeboat release mechanism to complete its investigation into...

July 20, 2010
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Friday, April 16, 2010

Tokyo MOU identifies lifeboats as most frequent detainable deficiency for 2009

Yesterday, the Tokyo MOU released its Annual Report on Port State Control in the Asia-Pacific Region for 2009, summarizing the results of inspections carried out by member Authorities.  For this...

April 16, 2010
Total Views: 6

Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Lifesaving Incidents

IMO: Replacing unsafe lifeboat release mechanisms – guidelines agreed by Sub-Committee

Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Equipment (DE), 53rd session: 22 – 26 February 2010 Replacing unsafe lifeboat release mechanisms – guidelines agreed by Sub-Committee Draft guidelines to ensure release mechanisms...

March 3, 2010
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Freefall Lifeboats – Is there a safer way?

Eide Marine Tech brings us a new Freefall lifeboat design. In a press release they write:

January 27, 2010
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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Schat Harding Lifeboats – World’s Largest Boats

. Schat-Harding Lifeboats has recently announced delivery of the world’s largest lifeboats to the world’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas. The Oasis of the Seas...

January 16, 2010
Total Views: 665

Monday, January 4, 2010

Schat Harding Lifeboats – Shell Perdido Incident Photo Of The Week

The attached photos of a Schat Harding Lifeboat came to us via the gCaptain tip Line ([email protected]) and show extensive damage to a lifeboat. The tip came with the following...

January 4, 2010
Total Views: 79

Friday, October 9, 2009
Lifesaving Incidents

Time To Rethink SOLAS? Why a behavioral economist may have the answer.

What does behavioral economics have to do with lifeboat safety? Lifeboat safety has been a major topic recently with davit related incidents and injuries hitting a fever pitch in recent...

October 9, 2009
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Friday, June 19, 2009

Lifeboat Air Bottle Explosion – Maritime Incident Photo Of The Week

This story comes via our friends at the excellent blog Maritime Accident Casebook (MAC for short). Bob Couttie writes:

June 19, 2009
Total Views: 117

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Lifeboat Incident Video – Dropped From The Falls

[vimeo width=”500″ height=”375″][/vimeo] This video came to use through our tip line. We don’t have details on the incident but it clearly shows the dangers of this lifesaving system.

June 10, 2009
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Friday, April 10, 2009

Norsafe Lifeboats Offshore – Photo Of The Week

Noresafe Lifeboats aboard AWILCO GM4000 series offshore oil rigs.

April 10, 2009
Total Views: 18

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Maersk Alabama Lifeboat FAQ

Over the past two days gCaptain has fielded questions from the Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Good Morning America and a number of other well known organizations, each trying to...

April 9, 2009
Total Views: 1326

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Beach Lauch Of RNLI Rescue Vessel

Photo by Sean Mantey Prior to completing mission’s like rescuing self-appointed royaly the RNLI must first get its boats off the beach. The organization’s official website tells us about the...

May 27, 2008
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