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Bowen Tug and Barge stores container handling

Issue number: MO-2011-011-SI-05
Who it affects: All ship’s stores handling organisations
Issue owner: Bowen Tug and Barge
Operation affected: Marine: Shore-based operations
Background: Investigation Report 291-MO-2011-011
Date: 07 March 2013

Safety issue description

Bowen Tug and Barge had identified the need to spread the slings when lifting a stores container. However, there was no process in place to ensure that ships' crews were advised of this to ensure its safe return from the ship.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Bowen Tug and Barge
Action number: MO-2011-011-NSA-012
Date: 07 March 2013
Action status: Closed
The ATSB was advised that purpose built and engineered cage frames suitable for lifting pallets and containers of this design has been manufactured and is in use. This alteration in the method of handling removes the use of slings and provides for top lifting of the load therefore greatly reducing the possibility of an accident of this type occurring again. Further, Bowen Tug and Barge advised that as of 01 July 2012 the company was no longer in the business of loading and unloading of stores for ships and were selling all the associated equipment to another company.

ATSB response:

ATSB is satisfied that the actions taken will address this issue.
   
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

Using pallet cages eliminates the need to use slings and therefore the dangers inherent in using slings.

 
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Last update 13 February 2014