Incident sharing: broken sling during bunkering in Singapore

This accident report was passed to us from the murky world of tankers. This is not likely to be an isolated incident, and quite conceivable that this could occur on a large yacht.

Quote “One of our vessels had an accident resulting in personnel injury while they prepared for receiving fuel in Singapore. The crewmember was securing the hose to the ship side/railing when the sling (rigged by the fuel supplier) parted. The hose quick release connector struck the crewmember in the face. He suffered some cuts and bruises on right side of face and above his ear. The sling from the barge was far short of any acceptable standard, having already parted previously and made good by being tied in a knot”.

For those on board Watkins' managed boats, please ensure that all crewmembers are reminded that they should not rely on substandard lifting gear or equipment provided by third parties. Where it is unavoidable to do so, lifting gear under load is to be treated with healthy caution until it can be rendered safe. We would question the sanity and parenthood of anyone knotting a degraded webbing belt. I can be contacted at any time if anyone has any questions.