The report which caught my attention this time was about the removed lifebuoys on board several vessels. Simply the Captain on board removed a number of lifebuoys during passage in order not to loose them. Instead of mounting a locking pin, the lifebuoy itself was removed.

This is a sign of poor safety culture and lack of understanding of why some LSA are on board.

Read about this an much more in the MARS report for May 2013.

MARS Report No. 247 May 2013