The Nautical Insititute has issued a warning in its latest Mars Report to check for hazards hiding in plain view on board ships. A partially detached name-plate of an engine room escape trunk prompted the warning.

The Nautical Institute gathers reports of maritime accidents and near-misses. It then publishes these so-called Mars Reports (anonymously) to prevent other accidents from happening. A summary of this incident:

During a safety check on deck, the name-plate of an engine room escape trunk was found to be partially detached.
This unsafe condition could easily have caused a serious injury. The name-plate was quickly repaired.

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Advice from The Nautical Institute

  • Do a safety round on your vessel; try to look with “new eyes” to see if there are hazards hiding in plain view.
  • Even seemingly small defects can have potentially terrible consequences. This nameplate was an accident waiting to happen.

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Mars Reports

This accident was covered in the Mars Reports, originally published as Mars 202321, that are part of Report Number 367. A selection of this Mars Report was also published in SWZ|Maritime’s June 2023 issue. The Nautical Institute compiles these reports to help prevent maritime accidents. That is why they are also published (in full) on SWZ|Maritime’s website.

More reports are needed to keep the scheme interesting and informative. All reports are read only by the Mars coordinator and are treated in the strictest confidence. To submit a report, please use the Mars report form.

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