MSS Case September: Broken davit wire on rescue boat
The vessel was lying alongside at the first port of call since it had left dry dock. The Master decided to carry out a man overboard drill, as the weather was favourable, and as the davit wire for the rescue boat had been replaced while in dry dock, he wanted to ensure that all was in order. He told the Chief Officer to have the rescue boat ready for early afternoon.
Before going into dry dock the Chief Officer had ordered a new wire but the wire he received was of a smaller diameter than ordered. He assumed that the wire would be OK as it was just 2mm smaller than the original. After lunch the rescue boat crew proceeded to the launching area.
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