Lifeboat safety: An international concern


All of these accidents occurred during training exercises or drills, supervised by qualified, experienced seafarers. However, this is not solely a UK-based phenomenon, nor one restricted to vessels flying the Red Ensign, but a global trend which all ship owners, managers and crewing agencies should be aware of. The most frequent accidents seen while conducting drills can be categorised as resulting from the following factors: • Failure of on-load release mechanism• Accidental operation of on-loa