Man Overboard! How many vessels are prepared for a “worst-case” scenario?

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“Man overboard” is a shout no mariner anticipates or wants to hear. For many, the belief is that a sequence of logical steps based on the collective common sense of the crew and skipper will begin immediately. Regrettably, this is not always the case. MOB is the start of a potentially complex situation with a fast-moving set of variables.

While most MOB incidents occur during daylight hours and in perfect conditions, MOB remains a serious incident and an impending medical emergency in the making as shock gives way to panic. Without an appropriate immersion suit, hypothermia can soon set in, followed by exhaustion resulting in a casualty situation. Factor in adverse weather conditions, fading daylight, and the likelihood of a crew not well rehearsed in MOB, and the risk of a fatality is compounded.

As of July 2014, new IMO regulations (SOLAS Regulation III/I7-1) came into effect, requiring many classes of vessels to have ship-specific plans and procedures for the recovery of persons from the water.  Applicable to cargo ships of 500 GT and above, and all passenger ships regardless of size, it’s a common-sense framework for any vessel.  For example, to comply with the regulations, a vessel must specify steps to “minimize the risk to shipboard personnel involved in recovery operations.” Plans and procedures must also identify the equipment intended to be used for recovery purposes. For any craft putting to sea, merchant, military, and even recreational, SOLAS advice for the “development of plans and procedures for recovery of persons from the sea” provides a framework to follow, or adapt accordingly.

Taking place Tuesday 25, April 2017 in Southampton UK  is a one-day event aimed at bringing together a range of marine industry professionals that have an interest or experience in MOB to share knowledge and endeavor to improve best practice.

Targeted on Sub IMO / Sub 24 metre professional sector, the event is focused on the needs of operators of workboats, search & rescue, pilot boats, patrol boats, and offshore oil & wind platform support vessels (PSVs).  Delegates from Harken Industrial, a leading supplier of rope-handling and load-management systems, will be present.

Andy Ash-Vie, MD of Harken Industrial, said: “The stats speak for themselves. The significance of man overboard cannot be underestimated or overlooked by anyone in maritime. While insights from past (MOB) exercises have shown  that preparedness is everything, there is a lot to learn from each other. Experience from workboats can have parallels for superyachts crews, and vice  versa. Best practice can be shared and applied across all sectors.

Date:     Tuesday 25 April 2017

Venue: Grand Harbour, Southampton, UK.

Map:      Venue

For more information and to book your place go to: MOBWORKSHOP