Technical Circular No: 038/2021

Subject: Overhead Monorail Provision Crane Failure- reg

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1. Republic of Marshall Islands has issued Marine Safety Advisory No. 10-21 informing regarding an incident due to failure of an overhead monorail provision crane.

2. The monorail crane was being used to lower a load (which weighed less than 10% of the safe working load) to the berth, when the entire hoisting arrangement fell from the overhead monorail resulting in death of one seafarer and serious injury to other.

3. While the Administrator’s investigation into this casualty is ongoing, based on review of available information, Administration has recommended following;

• All overhead monorail provision cranes be visually inspected for any signs of damage, deterioration, or other defects, with particular attention to the mounting/fixing arrangements.

• Any overhead monorail provision crane found to have suspected damage, deterioration, or critical defects be taken out of service until properly assessed, load tested, and/or repaired; and

• All crewmembers aboard ships be reminded of the importance of staying clear of suspended loads.

4. Owners/operators and masters are advised to take note of above and ensure compliance.



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