An additional pin was fabricated by Aquarosa’s crew so that it could be fitted before entering the lifeboat for any purpose other than launching it.
Shipboard procedures have been implemented which require tool box meetings to be held before entry into the lifeboat to carry out maintenance. These procedures include details of the checks to be made prior to any lifeboat maintenance being carried out. The master’s permission is now required before the lifeboat release system hand pumps are operated and warning signs have been placed at the pump locations stating this requirement.
Aquarosa’s managers have shared the details of the accident within their group and with industry colleagues through safety forums.
While the maintenance pin reduces the risk of an inadvertent launch during maintenance, leaving the pin in can prevent lifeboat launch in an emergency. The control for this introduced risk is procedural instead of an engineering control.