Research and analysis

Safety lessons: using safety davit devices on ships

A safety message to the shipping industry on the safe use of proximity switches on vessels with davit launched survival craft.


MAIB safety flyer issued July 2012

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This safety message concerns the malfunction of a davit proximity switch on the car carrier Tombarra resulting in parting of the rescue boat fall wire with loss of 1 life.

The information has been prepared for the:

  • shipping industry

An investigation report (part A) has also been produced for this accident.

Published 7 February 2011