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Oxygen breathing apparatus training

Issue number: MO-2011-007-SI-01
Who it affects: All ship owners, operators, managers and seafarers
Issue owner: Taiyo Nippon Kisen
Operation affected: Marine: Shipboard operations
Background: Investigation Report 288-MO-2011-007
Date: 05 April 2012

Safety issue description

The ship’s crew were not appropriately trained or drilled in the operation and maintenance of the oxygen breathing apparatus.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Taiyo Nippon Kisen
Action number: MO-2011-007-NSA-003
Date: 05 April 2012
Action status: Closed

The company has forwarded a safety bulletin to all of its managed ships highlighting the lessons that can be learnt from the incident.

These include the need to:

• re- fill all OBA oxygen cylinders ashore;

• clearly mark the word ‘oxygen’ in English on all OBA oxygen cylinders;

• post signs on all breathing apparatus compressors stating that they are only to be used to re-fill air breathing apparatus and emergency escape breathing device cylinders;

• seek approval from a responsible person prior to re-filling cylinders; and

• assign more than one crew member to the task of re-filling cylinders.

   
Current issue status: Partially addressed
Status justification:

The company has forwarded a safety bulletin to all of its managed ships highlighting the lessons that can be learnt from the incident.

These include the need to:

  • re- fill all OBA oxygen cylinders ashore;
  • clearly mark the word ‘oxygen’ in English on all OBA oxygen cylinders;
  • post signs on all breathing apparatus compressors stating that they are only to be used to re-fill air breathing apparatus and emergency escape breathing device cylinders;
  • seek approval from a responsible person prior to re-filling cylinders; and
  • assign more than one crew member to the task of re-filling cylinders. This action does not address the training issues.
 
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Last update 18 March 2016