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Floating Equipment Safety and Inspection Emergency Planning

A talk by Willie Hooper

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August 27, 2014 12:00 PM

Jakarta, Indonesia - Marine Construction utilized floating vessels in a daily basis. Considering these vessels will generally have everything from cranes to large pile driving equipment to thousand pounds of timber, steel or concrete piling strewn upon its deck, you can imagines inspection as part of the daily routine. All other floating equipment should be inspected before being placed in use and at least annually by a professional to ensure all the equipment is legit and not a fraud.

Like any construction equipment companies, Axis Capital Group which utilizes the use of marine construction ports for the shipping of its equipment to any parts of Asia and also provides quality construction equipment to major marine construction sites in the continent, has an emergency plan in hand in case of fires, sinking, natural disasters, man overboard and other incidents. Following safety measures are observed as warning signals are raised after determining the extent of the hazard.

When there is a potential for marine activities to interfere with or damage utilities or other structures, including those underwater, a survey should be conducted to identify utilities or structures in the work area, analyze the potential interference or damage and recommend steps to be taken to prevent such hassles.

Methods for Securing Equipment if not Moved

Extended movement of floating equipment and tow should be evaluated with weather reports and conditions by a responsible person to ascertain that safe movement of the vessel and tow can be accomplished.

Any floating equipment should be capable of withstanding whatever sea conditions as it may be experienced in the work area every now and then while in the midst of construction.

Equipment Requirement

Fenders should be provided to prevent damage and sparking and to provide areas for workers exposed to pinching situations caused by floating equipment.

Drills shall include, where appropriate, how to handle a pump shell or pipe rupture or failure within the hull and how to handle leaks or failure of the hull or portion of it.

Cord connected equipment used in different areas should be connected to an outlet with GFCI protection.

Equipment engines should not be started until the engine space and bilges have been ventilated remove fuel vapor. Ramps for access of equipment and vehicles to or between vessels shall be of adequate strength, be provided with sideboards and be well maintained.

Safety, inspection and emergency planning are important in any marine construction sites and should be religiously and diligently followed.

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