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MAIB flags dangers of fitting flexible hoses to safety-critical equipment

24 March 2023

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has highlighted dangers involving flexible hoses and modifications on safety-critical equipment.

The warning comes after a MAIB investigation into an incident that occurred in September 2021. A fire broke out in the auxiliary engine room onboard the Finland registered roll on/roll off cargoship Finnmaster as the vessel was departing from Hull after an exhaust gas leak led to the failure of a flexible hose.

The MAIB stated that 'The risks associated with a modification on safety critical equipment should be considered before and during the work being completed.' It also added that flexible hoses have a higher rate of failure than other alternatives, and this should be considered when making modifications.